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Sometimes the past can be the biggest mountain to climb.
Toby Schwartzel has never forgotten Jensen Brockhoff, the man he loved and the one who disappeared six years ago. He thinks he’s moved on, but when Jensen appears again and wants to explain what happened, Toby realises he hasn’t gotten over Jensen. He’d only built up walls to keep from being hurt again.
Jensen Brockhoff left New York City and Toby Schwartzel for several reasons. All of them had to do with drugs and alcohol. He’s clean now and the only thing he’s addicted to is mountain climbing. His passion for the sport has got him through the last six years. But after a particularly harrowing fall on Denali, Jensen knows he has to go back to tell Toby the truth.
Will Toby and Jensen discover they’d never moved past the love they had for each other all those years ago? Or are the mountains between them too high to climb?
Mountains to Climb Excerpt:
Jensen’s phone rang and he checked the ID screen to see it was his friend Cat. She was probably calling to check on him. He moved out of the flow of sidewalk traffic to lean against the building.
“Hey, honey, how are you and Jigger doing?”
“I’m doing fine so far. Jigger might not survive another day if he doesn’t quit hovering over me.”
Her strong Boston accent always made him smile.
“Cut him some slack. This is his first baby too, you know. He’s still a little freaked out by the fact that you could’ve been climbing somewhere while pregnant and not even know it. He doesn’t want you or the baby hurt.” Jensen understood where Jigger was coming from. Cat wasn’t his girlfriend, yet he felt very protective of the unborn child she carried. Like he had time invested in the baby already by virtue of all the hours he’d spent with his—or her—parents scaling mountains.
“Yeah whatever.” She dismissed both of their over protectiveness. “So have you talked to him yet?”
He didn’t pretend he didn’t know what she was talking about. “He told me I looked like shit then slapped me on the shoulder like I was an acquaintance and walked out.”
“Harsh. But you knew it wasn’t going to be easy after six years of no contact, Jensen. I’m pretty sure Toby has got a lot of anger and probably built up some walls to keep from being hurt again.”
“Why? Simpson said he had to pour Toby into his bed for an entire week after I left. I guess I just didn’t think he liked me that much. I thought I was the only one into the relationship.” Jensen reached up to rub his chin and almost punched himself in the face with the brace on his wrist. “That’s one of the reasons why I never tried to get a hold of him. At least not very hard. I didn’t think he would miss me.”
Cat sniffed her disgust with him. “You both put time into your friendship and sex life. Why would you think you were more in love than he was? Toby just might not show his emotions. Hell, you never did until you went through rehab. What made you think he was different from you?”
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