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.
Hudson had to go and settle his grandmothers estate, which he really wasn't looking forward to - especially as he thought Jude had to stay at the commune to finish his coursework assignments. However, what he didn't know was that Jude had been working all hours to things completed so he could go with Hudson.
The two embark on their journey, both of them looking forward to spending time together, but not realising things would not go as smoothly as they wished. Jude receives a phone call, and this now means that they have to make a detour on the way.
I am not going to spoil things and say what happened on their detour, but you do get to understand Jude a lot more, and to me even Hudson was in awe of what Jude had endured. Once the detour was concluded, Hudson and Jude were back on the road towards the horse ranch that his grandmother owned.
Their journey was quite the roller coaster ride, but at the same time the two become closer, especially as they learn more about each other. Hudson becomes more agitated the closer they are to the horse ranch, mostly as he knows his mother will be there, and they didn't part on the best of terms.
Their arrival at the horse ranch was quite tense, as rather then see she had made mistakes, Hudsons mother seems to think that she was the one wronged. Hudson finally vents all his feelings about things, but still his mother is playing the wounded party...... until Jude tells her some home truths.,
In the middle of all this going on, Hudson receives a phone call from the commune letting him know that a ruthless corporate farm is trying to buy the farm next door to them, which would then signal the end of the commune, which is their real home.
Is there any way to stop what is happening back home at the commune? Will his mother actually help when Hudson really needs her? Are Hudson and Jude going to be totally honest with each other, and admit the depth of their feelings for each other?
I look forward to reading more on this series, and catching up with the others within the commune - especially Leo and Charlie. Now there is a complex relationship, will Leo ever be honest with Charlie and vice versa.
“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!”
“Damn right I am.”