Sometimes it takes a second chance to get things right, and the result is even sweeter because of the struggle. I’m talking about the couple in this book (which I LOVED!), but I’m also referring to my own reading experience. Back when this first released, I tried jumping into the series without reading the first book, and I was so confused that I ended up DNFing this story and setting it aside in disappointment. The time jumps at the start of In The Weeds threw me off, and I spent more time trying to figure out what was going on than I did enjoying the quiet, contemplative tone of the story. A few months later, the book was still lingering in my brain, so I decided to start the series in the intended order… and things went SO much better the second time around. In the first book (Lovelight Farms), the small town community is introduced, as well as the terrific cast of characters. We see little peeks at the relationship at the heart of In The Weeds, and the timeline makes a whole lot more sense. By the time I turned the first page of In The Weeds the second time around, I was already itching to read the love story – and it resonated with me in a completely different (MUCH better) way.
The story follows Beckett, a sweetheart of a farmer who always seems to put everyone else first. Beckett loves both his family and his community, and he shows that every single day through his actions. So when Evelyn comes back to town, it’s a reminder of the one weekend Beckett put himself first – a magical, steamy weekend with an enchanting stranger. A weekend he hasn’t forgotten in the months since. But Evelyn has already left without a word twice before, and Beckett has no interest in putting his heart on the line a third time. However, there’s something different this time; Evelyn is drifting, no longer content with her career, and in need of a little happy in her life. Somehow, Beckett finds himself offering to share his home with the woman who holds his heart in her hands, and they soon find themselves connecting on a level they haven’t in the past.
This is the kind of love story that requires some patience, but the incredibly romantic breadcrumbs along the way are wholly worth the effort. Sprinkled throughout the story are these little moments of intimacy and emotion, delving deeper every time. Slow burn goodness, despite the initial fire between these two. I grew to love Beckett in Lovelight Farms, and he really shines in this – I can’t remember a time when a gruff, tattooed farmer was ever so ADORABLE. Beckett stole my heart in a big way, and I loved that both characters worked on themselves as they slowly grew their emotional connection. It’s such a quiet and beautiful romance that it requires the reader’s full attention to appreciate all of the pieces, which is why reading the series in order is very helpful. It takes awhile for Beckett and Evelyn to figure out each other’s love languages, to trust in the connection, and to truly bond before giving in to the chemistry that sparks between them. They make each other better, and watching them find their happy was so fulfilling. And when they do finally give in to the spark? It was delicious. I loved it the whole way through.
I liked the audio, it grew on me! It’s the same narrator as Lovelight Farms (Pippa Jayne), whose voice I wasn’t sure I liked initially. Having just listened to both books back-to-back, I was already used to her voice when starting this one. It’s got a soothing tone and an older vibe than Evelyn gives off, but it’s also easy to listen to and a definite upgrade from simply reading the text. This book is dual perspective, so we also get a male narrator (Dane Anderson), whose voice also took some getting used to. He seems to be newer to narration, and it shows. While I like the tone of his voice quite a bit, he sounds a bit robotic and monotonous at times. I almost wanted to speed up the audio, but the laidback, small town feel resonates better at a slower pace. Once acclimated to the narration, I had a great time listening to this. The story lends itself perfectly to audio, and the slow burn romance works well for a workday listen. The runtime is a little longer than I can get through in a single day, but I was eager to get back to the story every time I set it down. I definitely enjoyed the audio.
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. This is the second book in a series of interconnected standalones following the three Lovelight owners.
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Where the lovelight gleams …
A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.
In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, she enters a contest with instafamous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, she might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on the application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only … there is no boyfriend.
Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just came home for some hot chocolate, and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process.
Lovelight Farms is a romantic comedy featuring a handsome, freckled data analyst, a messy, optimistic Christmas tree farm owner, and a small town with the best hazelnut lattes on the east coast. This sweet and steamy romance is a holiday happily ever after.
It is the first book in a series of interconnected standalones following the three Lovelight owners.
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About the Author:
B.K. Borison lives in Washington D.C. with her sweet husband, vivacious toddler, and giant dog. She started writing in the margins of books when she was in middle school and hasn’t stopped. Lovelight Farms is her debut novel.
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