Interesting. That is the word that pretty much sums up this book for me. What made this book so interesting was how unique it is to the MM genre. For many and I include myself in the many that when we think of commune we think of cult and that is a wrong assumption. I believe that the community Posy shows us, Kaleidoscope Gardens is the way that most communal groups live, in harmony and the desire to live in peace.
Kaleidoscope Gardens is about love, it’s occupants are straight, gay, bi, and the relationships that are formed are a rainbow of variations. Hudson is a community member and sells the communities produce at the local farmers market. Jude is a student in the local college and it is a the market where Jude becomes enamored with Hudson. After months of flirting Hudson confides in Jude about his lifestyle, and Jude is curious. Could that life be what Jude needs to feel complete and self confident with himself?
The community and it’s inhabitants are as much the main characters as is Hudson and Jude. Here is why I say that and I think that the author did a brilliant job in letting the reader feel this. A community such as this is about the whole and how it’s family members work to sustain the livability of the community and also it’s rewards. Jude comes from a bible thumping family where all forms of sex unless used for the propagation of the family is sinful, this is his life and what is still ingrained within him even though he knows in his heart that it’s all bullshit.
I really feel that if it weren’t for Kaleidoscope Gardens, Jude would have really grown up into a messed up adult, not trusting, not having the respect for himself that he should and feeling isolated. It’s Kaleidoscope that helped Jude realize that he is OK and his is as he should be. Hudson and Jude’s relationship is slow to build but not in a bad way, the story had to progress at the pace that Jude set with himself. I’m so thrilled that Posy pulled all of these characters together and told this story.
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.