Book Blast: Farm Fresh, by Posy Roberts (Excerpt + Giveaway!)

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Farm Fresh, by Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Page Count: 202 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Romance, Ménage/Poly

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Farm Fresh is out now, and I’m so excited to be featuring this amazing book on my blog! In my review, I said this novel is “gorgeous, and the emotional impact will leave you gasping and aching for more”. Today I have an excerpt from Farm Fresh to share with you, as well as some awesome graphics and a giveaway!

Blurb:

FarmFreshCoverJude 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.

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Advanced Book Review: Farm Fresh, by Posy Roberts

FarmFreshCoverFarm Fresh, by Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Genre: Gay, Poly, M/M, Menage (M/M/M), Contemporary

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon / Universal Amazon

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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.

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Review: Bent Arrow, by Posy Roberts (Rating: 4.5/5)

roberts-bent-arrowBent Arrow, by Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press (September 3, 2015)
Page Count: 82 pages
Genre: Bisexual (M/M) Romance; Novella

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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* I received an advanced copy of this book from Pride Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.

Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?
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This was a really excellent novella with two fantastic characters. Posy writes what she calls “realistic struggles of men looking for love”, and I think she does a great job every time. I really liked her novel Silver Scars as well, so it was a treat to get a chance to read and review this short story!

First off, this novel gets a huge thumbs up from me for having a bisexual character. Bi characters are extremely rare in the m/m genre, so I love that Posy included that little tidbit. In fact, Erik’s bisexuality plays a big role in his character, and explains the gorgeous tattoo he has wrapping around his hip.

Erik took a deep breath as though he was ready to tell a long story. “The arrow is bent wood because I don’t fit anywhere: not in the straight world and not in the gay world. It was just my way of acknowledging that and celebrating the beauty of it at the same time.” (PDF page 35)

The major theme of this novella, though, is being true to yourself. Luther is in the closet from everyone, especially his co-workers and his family. Erik is openly bisexual, but has faced some incredibly harsh repercussions from being so; still, he refuses to hide who he is, and he isn’t willing to enter a relationship with Luther until the other man accepts who he is as well.

Bent Arrow is a super quick read that packs a big emotional punch. Posy creates two simple, real, down-to-earth men who need each other more than they realize, and the relationship between them is really fantastic. Like with a lot of novellas, the pacing does suffer a tiny bit (it’s hard to establish a serious romance in such a short space), and I would have liked to see more of Luther and Erik’s relationship forming, but I still really enjoyed this read!
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Review: Silver Scars, by Posy Roberts (Rating: 4/5)

Silver Scars, by Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press (June 22, 2015)
Word Count: approx. 87,000 words
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance
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* I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Short & Sweet: Gil Lemieux used to be a lawyer until a bomb ripped his life apart, leaving him with scars and a serious case of PTSD. He’s slowly working on moving past the fear and anxiety that now rule his life, working at a medical editorial company, when he’s sent to train in an office several states away. It’s there he meets Keith Kramer, handsome and intelligent and able to understand Gil in a way no one else can. Keith has his own scars, and he’s able to help Gil heal emotionally and mentally. But there are several challenges they’ll have to face, the biggest being the distance between them.

My Thoughts: Despite a rocky start, where I had trouble immersing myself in the narrative and picking up the plot, I quickly found myself absorbed this story. The novel is written in first-person, from Gil’s point of view, which means the reader gets amazing insight into the emotional and physical turmoil that Gil undergoes. At first the first-person POV was a bit jarring for me, but I got used to it quickly and realized that it’s the only way to properly tell a story like this; with a third-person POV, there would be no way to properly convey the depth of Gil’s PTSD, or the way he begins to heal with Keith’s support.

Gil is a man struggling to remember who he used to be, and afraid to look too closely at his past because of the mental anguish it causes when he realizes he can never go back to those days. His first meeting with Keith leaves him attracted to the good-looking man, but unable to believe anyone can see past the scars on his head, face, and torso. But Keith is the only person Gil has met who can truly understand what he’s going through, because Keith himself went through his own traumatic accident several years before.

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