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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.
And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.
Posy Roberts rocks!!! I think she is one of the most realistic fiction authors out here. I don’t think I grasped the concept of the story until I was halfway through the book. It’s not subject that I’ve familiar with. I think it was taboo 10 years ago and I would have turned my nose at it. Presently, I’m okay with the social issues surrounding the story as well as the self love, and love among multiple partners in this story. I think people judge what they don’t know, or aren’t familiar with and I can understand the dialogue better in the story because of it. I swear reading gay romance these last 4 or 5 years have opened my eyes in ways I would have never thought of. The closes things I knew about gardening was my grandma making her grand kids dig her garden up every June, then planting the tomatoes, collard greens, bell peppers, blueberries, cucumbers, peppers. That’s all I knew, and I did that because I was made of it. I didn’t get in the organic fruits & vegetables until last really. I started going to the farmers market and learned so many things, so this book was a comfort seeing as how they go about producing quality ingredients for their customers.
The idea of me reading about a commune is ironic, seeing as a few weeks ago a friend and I were discussing things and her ideal dream was to do yoga, eat organic food, rescue dogs and live on a commune. Before she could explain it to me I looked it up. The first thing that popped in my mind was orgies and Mormons. Not together, but those were my thoughts. Fast forward to this moment, and I see why people would want to live on a commune. Take away the sex part, let’s talk about the peace that everyone has. Each one of these people are living their truth, and are extremely happy. They made me happy, because it was so much love and openness between everyone.
Jude & Hudson equally frustrated me at times. Both have horrendous past that they need to overcome. I still say need, because it’s not something that they have overcome. They are both dealing with religious zealots for parents. Hudson is still punishing himself for his actions. He has abandonment issues that could have caused Jude to never open up to him. Jude’s abuse at the hands of his parents make all the sense in the world by his actions. He’s wrapped up in his thoughts, and past that it takes him a long time to accept his sexuality. This story has alot of sweet parts too it, and the sexual parts were equally beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at sex their way, but I get it.
I didn’t want it to end, I wanted to know what happened next with Jude and his family. I wanted to see Leo counsel Hudson. I happy with what we got. They deserve each other and I was so happy to see them stop fighting themselves.