Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts
Title: Picked Fresh
Author: Posy Roberts
Series: Naked Organics #2
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Genre: MM Romance
Length: 85,000 words, 270 pages
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.
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Farm Fresh (Naked Organics #1)
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Jude shifted in his seat and stared at Hudson. Hudson couldn’t take his eyes off the road, but the desire to turn toward Jude and mirror him was overwhelming. “What was your first impression of me when I met you at the farmers market?”
“Should I be diplomatic or honest?”
Hudson ran that day over in his mind. It was crystal clear, still, even though it had been more than nine months ago. Jude had meandered from stand to stand. He initially stood out from the crowd because of what he was wearing: a bright blue, almost turquoise wool coat over a black turtleneck and tight black jeans. In the blur of quilted plaid flannel and fleece hoodies in various shades of drab, olive, and Carhartt, Jude was all Hudson could see.
“I couldn’t keep my eyes off you. You were… stunning.” He shook his head. “I don’t know another word for it. I was talking to some customer about how we raised our chickens, and when I saw you, I stopped midsentence. I stared, felt like a dirty old man because you looked so young, and when I turned back to the woman to carry on our conversation, I had no idea what we’d been talking about. Literally none. It was like looking at you sucked the words out of my throat and the thoughts right out of my head.”
Jude chuckled. “Seriously? Was it the coat?”
“It made you stand out, but no, it wasn’t the coat. It was everything about you. Your broad shoulders and your hair and your eyes and your fucking lips.”
“You like my lips?” Jude pulled his rose-flavored lip stuff out of his front pocket and made a show of smearing it across the bottom one. Then he rubbed his lips together and licked them, all while staring at Hudson with soft bedroom eyes.
The bus vibrated, a jagged noise piercing Hudson’s ears as he drove too far to the right, edging his tires onto the rumble strip. “¡Coño!” He maneuvered back into the center of his lane.
Jude laughed. Hudson’s heart thundered against his rib cage.
“You’re evil,” Hudson said. “Evil, I tell you!”
“Maybe.” Jude bit at his bottom lip.
“Stop. Stop tempting me with your fucking gorgeous mouth. I can’t have you doing that shit while I’m driving.”
“Okay.” Jude smirked but kept his tongue and teeth from doing anything else. He put away those hazel sex-eyes too. “So, how did you see this trip going down?”
“Just like that?” Hudson was incredulous.
“You can just turn it on and off like a switch?”
“With you, sure.”
“Well, I can’t.” Hudson gestured to his crotch, where his dick was obvious, thick, and quickly moving on its way to fully hard, even though Jude had stopped the licking and the biting.
“Want me to touch you?” Jude’s voice was breathy as he slid his warm palm up Hudson’s inner thigh. He thumbed over the head of Hudson’s cock, and Hudson got harder. Jude played with just the head, moving back and forth, his touch light and delicious.
“Want me to drive off the road?” Hudson managed not to sound choked off.
“No.” Jude pulled his hand away and smiled like the devil. “I want you to drive. And I want you to tell me about what you want to do on this trip besides the obvious. And for the record, turning it off doesn’t happen like a switch. Turning me on with one look, easy!”
When I read Farm Fresh (click on the title for my review), I fell for Jude and Hudson. I read their individual and combined struggle to overcome their issues and learn to trust each other and themselves enough to open up to each other and the attraction between, them with bated breath.
I’m so delighted that Picked Fresh continued their story. While Farm Fresh may have brought the two men together, they still have some way to travel before they recognise that the feelings they have for each other are mirror images. So how appropriate is it that most of the story in this book takes place while the two men are on a road trip; a journey that will force both of them to reconnect with a past that has left them hurt and bruised but may also provide them with closure and answers to questions they were too afraid to ask.
We get to know both Jude and Hudson a lot better in this book. In fact, Picked Fresh could be seen as the book we usually don’t get to read; the story of what happens after two characters reach their happy for now. Since I’d fallen hard for these two characters in the first book, I was only too delighted to reconnect with them and join them on their journey closer to each other. I loved that Posy Roberts gave both Jude and Hudson the opportunity to face their past, find closure as well as new ways forward without making it feel too good to be true. And I’m especially glad that she did this without making the story overly angsty. I could say a lot more about that, but that would mean spoilers, so I’ll leave it at this: you really want to read it—trust me.
Jude and Hudson are so very beautiful together. Even while neither of them is completely honest with the other about the depth of their feelings and what they really want from the relationship between them, they’re there for each other when it matters; putting their own issues aside if it means an opportunity to help the other. And, since this is a sex positive series, their bodies often do the talking when words fail them.
The sex and intimacy between these two men is hot as well as selfless and glorious. From Hudson making himself totally vulnerable to Jude pushing himself a long way out of his comfort zone to give Hudson what he needs, their interactions were breathtakingly beautiful.
Posy Roberts’ writing is wonderful. Her sentences flow with ease and the story almost reads itself. I’m so glad I started the book on a day I had lots of time to read because I don’t think I would have been able to put it down even if something important had demanded my attention. From Jude and Hudson finding themselves and then each other to both men working to save the commune, I had to keep on reading until I was sure all would be right in their universe.
With Hudson and Jude resolving most, if not all, of their issues in this book I wonder whether or not it is time for Charlie and Leo’s story now. While we get little more than glimpses of their relationship and issues in the first two books, it is obvious there’s a lot more to them and I can’t help feeling they have a journey ahead of them at least as intriguing and touching as Hudson and Jude’s has been. I have to admit though that regardless of who will end up being the main players in the next Naked Organics book, I will devour it as soon as it becomes available. With this series, Posy Roberts has created an intriguing world and inhabited it with fascinating and endearing characters. It is safe to say I am well and truly hooked.
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.
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