Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Tic-Tac-Mistletoe by N.R. Walker

Christmas decorations, cookies, and non-stop conversation, it looks like Christmas might be saved after all. Tic-Tac-Mistletoe by N.R. Walker.

Hamish Kenneally is moving from Australia to the US for a fresh start, starting with Christmas at his sister’s place in Idaho. When a snowstorm diverts his plane to Montana and leaves him stranded two days before Christmas, he hires a car and drives right into a blizzard.

Ren Brooks has always called Hartbridge, Montana, and his family hardware store, home. After a few failed attempts at love, he’s resigned to being single forever—after all, no guy wants to stay in his sleepy little town for long. And after his dad’s passing earlier in the year, Ren’s Christmas is looking bleak. But when a car runs off the road in front of his property, Ren pulls the driver out and takes him home to get out of the cold.

With the storm and the holidays leaving Hamish with nowhere else to go, Ren kindly offers a place to stay. Hamish is certain he’s crashed right into a Hallmark Christmas movie, despite more car delays and road closures and the prospect of not seeing his sister for Christmas. And with help from Hamish, Ren is beginning to feel a little Christmas cheer.

These two unlikely strangers have more in common than they first realise, and after two days of Christmas decorations, cookies, and non-stop conversation, it looks like Christmas might be saved after all.


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Tic-Tac-Mistletoe by N.R. Walker

Book 1

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is quite likely my favourite Christmas romance of 2020. It’s the story of Hamish, an Australian who is rescued from a Montana snowstorm by a handsome lumberjack. But while the story is predictable, it is also charming and funny and very sweet.

Hamish is the ultimate Aussie city boy. He’s never seen snow before, and Ren describes him at one point as ‘even more fabulous than the original David Rose.’ Hamish has a quick wit, a sharp tongue, and a wonderful sense of humour. He’s also a little broken when Ren finds him, and I love his growth in the book.

Ren is much more stable. He might look like a lumberjack, but he actually runs his family’s small town hardware store. He’s kind and gentle and sweet – but he’s also grieving his father and more isolated than he’s willing to recognise.

Together, Ren and Hamish are magical. I love the banter between them. I love their shared interests and their easy acceptance of each other. This is a love at first sight romance that I actually believe in because these two can finish each other’s quotes; they balance each other perfectly. Hamish helps Ren cherish the Christmas memories he built with his father while Ren helps Hamish find a sense of home and community he hasn’t had for a long time. I was always going to love characters who can quote their way through Schitt’s Creek but I really didn’t expect to love Hamish and Ren’s story as much as I do.

This is my favourite Christmas read of 2020 so far – and I am not really expecting anything to better it! Seriously, there is so much goodness in this book that I just couldn't stop reading – and although it takes place over a very short period, the empathy between them just meant that you knew it was going to be a relationship with a great future. The scenes are definitely more sweet than sexy, but that felt like it fitted their characters perfectly.

Hamish hiring a car to drive to his sister's, tired from his flight from Sydney, and never having driven in snow before was an accident waiting to happen – but as it turns out, it was the best error he had ever made. Rescued by Ren, he gets to save Ren right back.

If you need a feel-good Christmas story with two delicious leads, a lovely pooch, and a fun sister – this will do the job very, very well.

Oh, my goodness! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and be prepared for a Hallmark movie but in book form! This hits every mark for a Christmas love story. The setting, the characters, the small town, everything! Ugh, the feels were everything!!!! The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it was over before I knew it! I got lost in the book and read it in one sitting. Great, super sweet holiday read!



Author Bio

N.R. WALKER is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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ARC provided by

Eliza Rae

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tic-Tac-Mistletoe (Hartbridge Christmas #1) by N.R. Walker to read and review.

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