Title: Picked Fresh
Series: Naked Organics #2
Author: Posy Roberts
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens, but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.
Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.
However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.
We need more books like this. Ones that show body and sex positive people in a way that will make you rethink any preconceived notions you might have. Love is beautiful in all its forms and I can't wait to see what comes next for the lovely residents of Kaleidoscope Gardens.
Ohhhhh ... it was so SO nice to get back to Kaleidoscope Gardens and see Hudson, Jude, Leo, Charlie, Freya, Molly and the rest. I love this place; I would love to visit. No lie. I don't know that I could live there, but oh man, it's so much fun reading about it. If you've read, Farm Fresh, book one in the Naked Organics series, then you know that Kaleidoscope Gardens, located in Washington, is the commune where Hudson, Jude, Leo, Charlie and the others make their home. It's a magical place. Full of love and acceptance and family. A thing that both Hudson and Jude need desperately. That family is threatened in the newest installment.
A letter from Hudson's estranged mother sends him into a tailspin ... and has him planning a cross country trip, in the commune's psychedelic VW bus, to Kentucky to settle his grandmother's estate. To say he doesn't want to leave the peace and safety of the Gardens is an understatement, but it's a journey he must make, if only to get closure and move on from the family that discarded him so many years before. He also doesn't want to leave Jude, now that they've both agreed to be in a relationship. Hudson's heart is heavy at the prospect of leaving Jude for the two weeks he's planning on being away, but when Jude surprises him to say he's going with him to Kentucky, the two head out on their adventure.
Things don't always go smoothly along the way, especially when Jude has to face his own estranged family when an emergency comes up and Hudson and Jude have to make an unexpected stop to help. However as the miles add up as they make their way across the country, you can see Hudson and Jude becoming even closer the more time they spend together talking ... and having sex.
The Naked Organics series as a whole is both bold and beautiful, and will challenge your beliefs of love and sexuality. Sex positive stories are few and far between, especially ones written as exquisitely as Posy's Farm Fresh and Picked Fresh. Watching Jude overcome his sexual hang ups was both satisfying and joyful to watch. Hudson and Jude connect in such a spiritual, sensual way that it's just breathtaking. I love these two together. I love Jude's almost insatiable need for Hudson, and Hudson's absolute willingness to give Jude everything he wants. Their connection goes much deeper than just sexual though, and it's so beautiful.
Picked Fresh is not all happiness and light though, especially when Hudson and Jude arrive in Kentucky and have to deal with Hudson's mom and the pain she inflicted on him before he fled to Washington. Hudson and Jude also find out that their home is being threatened in the worst way, news that sends both of them into a panic and a wish to be back at the commune with the people and the place that means so much to them both. Because there are multiple POV's throughout the story, we also get to see Leo and Charlie, and Posy's storytelling is so engrossing, I couldn't put this book down and read it from start to finish in one sitting. And then didn't want it to end.
Interested in reading how Hudson ended up living at Kaleidoscope Gardens? Read Naked Origins—Hudson for free. This is not a romance, but for those who want to dig a little deeper, this story covers much of Hudson’s history that is hinted at in Picked Fresh. Visit https://posyroberts.com/2016/02/02/free-read-naked-origins/ to read the summary and download it.
Title: Farm Fresh
Series: Naked Organics #1
Author: Posy Roberts
Genre: M/M Romance
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.