Happy Saturday! Today we are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for In the Weeds by Andrew Grey. I love his books and this was another great ready! I’m sharing my review and there’s a great giveaway too!
Title: In the Weeds
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: A New Leaf Romance Book 2
M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: May 3, 2022
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Florist to the stars Vin Robbins is in high demand in LA, but he hates working for someone else. When he returns to his Pennsylvania home to help his widowed father, he finds an opportunity he never expected with his first love, but learns that someone’s been taking advantage of the unused family greenhouse.
Casey Lombard wasted too much of his life denying who he is and what he wants, but he won’t do that any longer. His biggest regret is letting Vin go, so running into Vin again when he gets called to investigate who planted pot on Vin’s family’s property sends him reeling.
Vin ignites feelings Casey thought long dead. But Casey has a daughter, and Vin is only home for a visit. Surely the bright lights of Hollywood will call him back to the City of Angels, so how can Vin and Casey build the life they both wish they had?
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a great second chance romance, which I am a total sucker for, and a really great story about life, the choices we make and the people we choose along the way. Sometimes you have to make choices that can scare you a bit, but it may be completely worth it if you just try. And that’s exactly what Vin and Casey face in this sweet read.
Vin moved away from his small town to make a life for himself. He’s now a successful florist in LA creating unique designs for the rich and famous. He makes a trip home to help his father and he discovers some illegal activity taking place in the old flower shop and greenhouse on his father’s property. That brings Casey back into his life. Vin had major feels for Casey when they were young, but Casey ended up getting married and having a daughter, part of the reason Vin has stayed away, it just hurt too much. But this reunion shows him that things have changed, Casey is now a single dad to adorable and sassy Brianna.
It’s very easy to feel the connection and attraction between Casey and Vin, it’s very heartfelt and genuine. They start spending time together, initially investing what is happening in the greenhouse but it turns into more and it seems like the three of them, little Brianna included feel like a natural family. It’s not that simple though, but any means. Casey’s ex-wife shows up after abandoning them two years ago and she’s definitely up to no good, trying to find a way to get to her daughter. Vin’s dad is looking to sell the flower shop but deep down he wants Vin to come home and re-open the shop, but he has a happy life in LA, right?
I enjoyed this read from start to finish. I loved the emotion I got from these characters and everything they are going through. There’s also a bit of drama thrown in with Casey’s ex-wife along with the investigation around the illegal activity. Both Casey and Vin face some challenges that felt real, you can really feel them struggle at times but it also means you can really feel the love they share. A really great overall, great characters and such a heartfelt ending that made me so happy!
Once they’d both made their selections, the server took their orders, then lingered a few moments to talk with his dad.
“Hey, Vin. I didn’t know you were back in town.”
Vin’s heart gave a little shudder. He knew that voice. Turning, he looked up at Casey Lombard, whose smile was the same one Vin remembered from when they were sixteen and got in trouble for… well, just about anything they thought they could get away with.
“I got in today. The shop in LA is closed for renovations, so I took some time off to visit Dad.” Vin hadn’t seen Casey since the funeral. “How are Alicia and little Brianna?” His dad had told him about Casey’s daughter, but Vin had never met her.
“Alicia returned to the Costa Rica to be with her family about a year after Brianna was born,” Casey said softly.
Vin didn’t know what to say to that. Sure, he was sorry, for Casey’s sake, that things hadn’t worked out, but he couldn’t help being glad that the woman was gone. There’d just been something about her that he didn’t trust.
“Things between the two of us had been… bad. Our marriage had pretty much been a mistake right from the beginning, I guess… with the exception of Brianna.” He scratched his head. “It was ugly. In fact, the ugliness really started shortly after you left for LA.” He seemed miserable. “Alicia is now fighting for custody of Brianna. She wants to take her to Costa Rica to live with her family and is trying to drag me into dealing with the courts down there. Thankfully, the authorities here have denied all her petitions to have Brianna sent down there. Bri is an American citizen, and the courts here believe, as I do, that if Brianna left the country, Alicia’s family would never allow her to return.”
“So you have her?” Casey was made to be a parent. At the funeral, he’d been the one looking after his daughter. Alicia had seemed more intent on seeing and being seen. Maybe by that point she’d already decided to leave. Who knew?
“Yes. But I’m getting tired of fighting. I have told Alicia she’s welcome to come here and see Bri. Hell, I even agreed to pay for the plane ticket. But she’s refused, which hasn’t helped her case.” There was a slight sparkle in Casey’s eyes. “I want my daughter to have a relationship with her mother, but not at the expense of her—and my—happiness. Brianna goes to school here, she has friends and family here. There’s no way in hell that I’m going to uproot—” He cut himself off. “Sorry. I tend to go on about this.”
“Daddy!” Speaking of cuteness. Brianna hurried over to his side from the nearby table. “The waitress brought the food and it’s getting cold.” She took Casey’s hand. “You need to eat.”
“I’m staying at Dad’s,” Vin said. He fished in his wallet, pulled out one of this business cards, and handed it to Casey. “It has my cell number on it. Maybe we can get together while I’m in town.”
“Sure.” Casey took the card, looked at it for a moment, then let Brianna pull him away.
Vin watched them go, a lump in his throat. Casey had been his very first crush in high school, and damn if he hadn’t fallen hard. Then, during their college years, their friendship had grown even deeper, into something resembling love.
Vin mentally shook himself. While it was natural that he’d react this way to seeing Casey again, he’d be smart to push those painful memories away. What they’d had was over long ago.
They’d been just a couple of stupid kids who couldn’t be open and honest with each other. Casey hadn’t been willing to acknowledge their relationship, and Vin hadn’t been willing to hide. When Casey had started seeing Alicia, it had hurt Vin—badly. But he was still willing to wait, hoping that Casey would realize what they had and come back to him. Only it hadn’t worked out that way.
The day after Vin’s mother died, Casey had admitted to him that Alicia was pregnant. It had just been too much. Just thinking about trying to live without his mom—and suddenly Casey too—had been more than he could take. He had to leave town as quickly as he could.
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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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