The Reclusive Mountain Man (Movin' to the Mountains) by Casey Cox

We have reached the end of the end to the MOVIN' TO THE MOUNTAINS novella trilogy with the oldest brother Marshall. THE RECLUSIVE MOUNTAIN MAN is a friends to lovers low angst story of two older men growing up and realizing they were meant to be together.

From the blurb:


Tal Bellamy is everything I'm not. A jet-setting playboy. A sexy silver fox. A guy who lives his life loudly and unapologetically.

We've been friends for almost twenty years. When he comes to town for a visit, I make a vow. There's something I need to get off my chest. Something I've been hiding.

Tal's the perfect guy to confide in because I know he won't judge me. The last thing I expect is to get plastered and hook up with him.


Marsh Duncan is a big, burly mountain man. A recluse. Grouchy at times. Or at least, that's what he wants people to think.

Not me. I know the man beneath the gruff exterior. When he's around his brothers or hanging out with me, his kindness and warmth shine through.

The truth is, Marsh is actually one giant marshmallow.

Another truth?… I'm all-out, head over heels, slap-me-sideways in love with him.

My plan is to confess my secret when I visit, not sleep with him. But it seems that I'm not the only one with something to reveal.

Now that we've both shared our truth, the question is: have we ruined our friendship, or are we on the brink of a forever love?

SNik's Review:

Third in series (Movin’ to the Mountains). Friends to lovers. Mature characters. Age gap. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Marsh is more than just a muscled, bearded mountain man, and he finally wants to share that side of himself with his best friend Tal. But Tal also has something he wants to tell Marsh, that he is in love with Marsh and wants to see if they can make their friendship into something more. 

I appreciated that Marsh and Tal have been friends for so long and they honestly communicate with each other. Neither are judgmental and both are supportive of each other without hesitation. Working out how they could get their HEA was sweet, and of course there is a super steamy scene as well. 

This was a fun series that provides some quick romance stories for three caring brothers who find their matches and HEAs.

Rating: 4 Stars

Molly Otto's Review:

OK, hear me out. The Reclusive Mountain Man wasn't bad, it just wasn't as powerful or moving as the first two of the trilogy. Where those will stick with me, this one was just a fun, quick read.

Was happy to see Marshall get his happiness and be his true self. Just with Tal, I didn't feel that palpable energy, as with his brother's story. I am happy to see Casey steered from the bottom stereotypes that anyone can be a bottom and show how that judgment by both parties changed these two men's lives forever.

Great trilogy if you're looking for quick fun reads.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

I really built up the Reclusive Mountain Man up in my mind... and I have to say it was a little anti-climactic, but so sweet.  These two are just a little oblivious, friends to lovers that are standing on a precipice.. and I was happy to see both men get their HEA, but I wanted a little more action and depth.

I did love that this book both wrapped up the trilogy and gave us a jumping off point for the spin off and it was certainly the quickest of the three reads, which was great over the holidays.  I do recommend reading the series in order, but if you're just looking for friends to lovers rep, this book can stand alone.

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

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