On The Mountain by Riley Hart


Riley Hart shows us again what kind of diverse writer she truly is. With On the Mountain the emotions are powerful as she handles rough topics with a grace not many authors are able to achieve.

From the blurb:

One feels he’s not worthy of love. The other fears he doesn’t know how. But the sizzling chemistry between them has both tempted to explore the unknown.  

I was intrigued by Crow at first glance. Who wouldn’t be? He’s a mountain of a man, who was raised in a cult and now lives secluded in the wilderness. But the draw I feel to him goes beyond mild interest. When his intense gaze falls my way, it feels like he can see into my soul, to my deepest yearnings and desires.

I took a bold chance venturing to his mountain uninvited. But I can’t help myself. Despite Crow’s dangerous facade, I feel at home when I’m near him. I’ve never felt wanted or needed…until the mountain man took me in his arms.

The mountain is my home, the only place that truly suits me. I reveled in my solitude…until Cyrus showed up looking as lonely as I felt. The warmth in his gaze made me welcome someone into my home and my heart when I never have before.

The way he smells. The way he feels. I come apart with his every touch. The past haunts us both. Yet when we’re together, the weight of it is manageable. Cyrus is mine, and I don’t ever want to let him go. Still, I fear that eventually he’ll want to leave the mountain, and for the first time in my life, I don’t want to be alone.

On the Mountain deals with depictions of mental illness, past substance abuse, an MC who was raised in a cult, childhood abuse/neglect and trauma. For a full list of warnings, please use the look-inside feature to read the content warning at the beginning of the book.

Molly Otto's Review: 

This is one of those books that is going to stick with me for a very long time. If you have read Riley Hart before, you know she is an amazing writer, but this book takes that into the next level.
She handles delicate topics of mental health awareness with such poise that you feel the emotions, but they aren't used just to make the book better. These men need each other in a way so deep and primal that once they truly connect their is no turning back for either. They both have mental health issues, but they both accept them as they are and do work through them together, slowly but surely.

OK, so the content warning page can be scary, but the topics are handled in a way you are eased into them and see how they have affected how the characters became they way they are. As I said the mental health awareness was handled masterfully, and I so happy to have read this beautiful story.

Heather's Review:

Riley Hart invests in her characters, flaws and all... and when they meet their person she let's them fight for what they want, even when they may feel they don't deserve it.  This book deals with a lot of sensitive topics - childhood trauma, drug and alcohol abuse, brainwashing, spousal abuse and so much more, but Riley does it with a deft hand and sensitivity and she still is able to embue the characters with budding hope and grace.

I love that the two men complement each other and are able to balance their needs and wants with each others - there is a lot of possessiveness, some primal play and a need to build trust and acceptance, both within the relationships and in Crow's case, with his wider world.

This is not a typical low-angst boy meets boy story, but if you're willing to read about men rising above their pasts towards a shared future, you definitely want to add On the Mountain to your TBR immediately.

Zakiyya's review:

I found this to be very well-written in the sense that heavy subjects were dealt with in a sensitive manner.
Cyrus and Crow certainly kept my attention throughout.
I’m a total sucker for primal play so I found the steam absolutely perfect for these characters.

Thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend … ❤️

On the Mountain is currently available in paperback and e-book formats and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.