- Reviewed by: Scott Burkett
- Print Length: 60 pages
- Posting: M/M, Romance, Addiction
- Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (July 10, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Amazon Verifiable Purchase
- Author: T.A. Chase
- Posting Date: July 19, 2014
- Rating: 5 Star
The Book Description gives you a good start to this story, but it doesn’t give the story enough credibility. This is the first time that I have given a story of this length such a high rating. The subject matter that T.A. Chase used to tell her story was brilliant. Jensen Brockhoff really had three addictions, alcohol, drugs and Toby Schwartzel, while two of these addictions tore his life apart, Toby is the addiction that made him want to succeed.
From the moment I began reading and met Toby I couldn’t put my Kindle down. As the description states Jensen disappeared 6 years ago and is now back, sitting in the same bar that Toby just arrived at, and Jensen is sitting with Toby’s friends. As the story unfolds I found that Toby and Jensen were f-buddies, at least that is what they each thought the other was thinking. It turns out the feelings ran much deeper than that and it was the love that they felt for each other that was the unspoken truth.
The subject of addiction may be difficult for some that have battled with it or are battling, in my life I have been fortunate, I have not been touched by it. T.A. Chase did not tell a story of the addiction but rather used it as the back story as Jensen explained to Toby what happened that brought on his disappearance 6 years ago. It was also used as a stimulus to really highlight the waves of emotion for the characters, it made them each more vulnerable and endearing.
On the book cover there is a question: “What’s his PASSION?” I believe it is not only the mountain climbing that Jensen has fallen in love with, but also it is about Toby’s feelings for Jensen. Mountains to Climb as the title for me was a Metaphor for what Jensen and Toby went through, and although separately how addiction affects not only the person that has it but also those around them. Mountains to Climb is about accepting, understanding and dealing with addiction. It is about “Climbing” through Life, working through all of the shit to reach the summit of Happiness. I have sort of a no swearing in review policy, but Damn It, this was a good book.