Title: Farm Fresh (Naked Organics: Book One)
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages
At a Glance: I liked Farm Fresh. The only real issue I had with the story was that I wanted more of the relationship between Jude and Hudson.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: 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.
Review: When I read the blurb for Farm Fresh, I was really looking forward to reading it since it seemed so different than anything else I’ve read recently. I don’t have any issues with open relationships and multiple partners, which I know isn’t something everyone likes, but it was no problem for me. There’s quite a bit of angst throughout the story—I really felt for Jude and thought it was brave, after everything he had dealt with, to even give the commune a chance. I kinda fell pretty hard for him while reading.
I really liked Hudson too, but for as open and preemptive as he and Jude were, there was still quite a bit of misunderstanding and lack of communication between them. The MCs and secondary characters were fleshed out, and I felt like throughout the book you really get to know these people and how things worked in their commune. Leo and Charlie were pretty awesome, and the patience and affection that was shown among the characters was sweet.
I liked Farm Fresh. The only real issue I had with the story was that I wanted more of the relationship between Jude and Hudson; there was a lot going on, and as soon as it seemed they were going to work things out, they didn’t. I’m not sure if we will get more of their story, but I hope so. I’m looking forward to reading more about this community when the series continues. This definitely isn’t someplace I could live, but I think it would be awfully fun to visit.
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