Author: B.K. Borison
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 46 minutes
Evelyn St. James isn’t the kind of woman you forget.
Beckett Porter certainly hasn’t. One incredible weekend in Maine, and he’s officially a man distracted. He’s not unfamiliar with hot and heavy flings. He knows how it goes. But Evie wove some sort of magic over him during their tumble in the sheets. He can’t stop thinking about her laugh. Her hand pressed flat against his chest. Her smiling mouth at his neck.
Also, her eyes. And her legs.
So when she suddenly appears on his farm as part of a social media contest, he is … confused. He had no idea that the sweet and sexy woman he met at a bar is actually a global phenomenon: social media influencer Evelyn St. James. When she disappears again, Beckett resolves to finally forget her and move on.
But Evelyn St. James has a problem.
Feeling disconnected from her work and increasingly unhappy, she’s trying to find her way back to something real. She returns to the last place she was happy, Lovelight Farms and the tiny town of Inglewild.
It has absolutely nothing to do with the hot farmer she spent two incredible nights with.
Nothing at all.
In The Weeds is a sweet and steamy second-chance romance about finding your happiness. It features a grumpy farmer, a no-nonsense social media influencer, a small town of busybodies, and four very cute kittens. In The Weeds is a standalone romance and is part of the Lovelight series.
In the Weeds is the second novel in the Lovelight series that follows the first novel, Lovelight Farms. While this novel features a new couple, there are callbacks to the first novel, so I believe it is best to read them in order. Lovelight Farms in Inglewild, Maine is owned by Stella Bloom with her business partners Beckett Porter and Layla Dupree. As readers followed Stella with her own story in the first novel, it is time for Beckett to have the spotlight. Layla will follow in book three with her own, too.
Beckett and social media influencer, Evelyn (Evie) St. James had an unforgettable one-night stand only to reunite unexpectedly months later. When they meet again, neither can forget their brief time together and greatly wish for it to continue. With the dual POV, the reader follows each character as they pine for each other. This was an amazing addition as the first novel is solely from Stella’s POV. Beckett was a lot easier to connect with and follow on his journey compared to Evie. His reserved nature that comes across as the grumpy half of the grumpy/sunshine pairing mixed with anxiety and love of animals made him a very likable character. Evie’s feeling of burnout and not finding as much joy in your dream as before was relatable and I enjoyed her journey to find her happy place.
The small-town setting shines in this story as it was easy to picture a picturesque place filled with a tight-knit community. It was a nice backdrop to Evie and Beckett’s story. As for the romance, the physical attraction was very apparent from start to finish, but it was sometimes difficult to connect to an emotional one. For me, I needed more to figure out why the two longed for each other during their time apart aside from missing the other’s body. For me, the two characters did not connect deeply enough through their interactions to warrant them wanting to be in a relationship.
Overall, I love the concept of the second chance romance set in a small town. I love the circumstances that brought the characters together again and how they had great physical chemistry. I do wish that Evie’s reason for leaving the first time was spelled out a little more as I feel that I missed it while reading. One small detail is Beckett farming peppers and there are miniscule tidbits he gets wrong. While they do not matter in the grand scheme, it is just a random piece to someone like me who knows the information. The audiobook was nicely done by the narrators as they did a great job portraying each character. With audiobooks it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between inner thoughts and events, but I felt I could follow along okay with this one. As Layla seems like a fun character, I think I will give her story a try in the future.
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for the opportunity to read this novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**