Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas Wish List by N.R. Walker

Christmas Wish List. N.R. Walker. Now Available. Xpresso Tours.

In need of work and a change of scenery, Aussie ex-pat Jayden Turner agrees to a short-term chef position at a Bed and Breakfast over the Christmas holidays. After all, how hard could it be in a small town in the mountains of Montana? What he finds is a grand old house in a beautiful town, and his new boss is gorgeous, gay, and single.

After his divorce, Carter “Cass” Campion bought his great-aunt’s rundown country manor in his hometown, and he’s determined to get it ready for the busy holiday period. Recently out as gay, he’s been focused solely on his business and hasn’t had time for a man. Not that many gay men come through Hartbridge...

As his new clients arrive, and being away from his two kids, celebrating Christmas is the last thing on Cass’s mind. But his new chef has other ideas. And if there’s one thing on his Christmas Wish List this year, Jayden can make it come true.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Hartbridge Christmas series!
For book one, Tic-Tac-Mistletoe, click HERE.


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Christmas Wish List by N.R. Walker

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

You don't need to read the first book in the series to enjoy this book, but previous characters do show up in this book. Cass and Jayden are just amazeballs together. Instant attraction but they used restraint due to their working relationship. This is a Hallmark and Lifetime movie all in one. Sweet, wholesome, loving, and just a feel-good movie. Cass is so innocent and sweet and scared. Jayden is just wanting something and doesn't want to get his hopes up. This is a great Christmas story with lots of feels.

I loved this just as much as I did the first book in the series last year, and was so happy that we met up with Hamish and Ren again too!

This time, Aussie ex-pat Jayden finds himself taking on a cheffing role over the Christmas holidays in Hartbridge. He is not sure where he is going to work next, but this is a good stopgap. Well, it turns out, he finds himself helping Cass finish off the B&B ready for its first guests as well as doing the cooking, and, just maybe, falling in love!

There are so many lovely little touches and quirks which endear us to both men, and bring them to life. As a complete match to Cass with his wonderful lists, but constantly changing priority brain, I loved how Jayden unpicked the issue and worked hard to keep the momentum going. It made what could have been boring tasks as they got to know each other incredibly amusing and engaging.

I love romantic stories about chefs, about Christmas. and about snow – so when you add in a lovely family dynamic, the reconnection with the guys from last year's story, and all the quaintness of Hartbridge, I loved this book!

This is the second book in N.R. Walker’s Hartbridge Christmas series and we see another Aussie come to the small town. This time it is Aussie Chef Jayden. He is hired by Cass to work at his B&B for its opening over Christmas. Hartbridge is a picturesque town, and I was happy to get to be there again.

Jayden and Cass hit it off pretty quickly. Their mutual attraction is clear. I loved their flirting and conversations and how they respected each other. When Jayden arrives, he sees that Cass has renovated his property almost entirely on his own but a few jobs remain to be completed. Jayden steps in to help Cass and it was so cute seeing them work together. They were like two peas in a pod.

Over the course of the week Jayden spends with Cass there are lots of little delightful moments and the men have lovely people around them. And while I am getting all gushy about the romance of the story, it does have a dash of spice and it is just the right amount. Like everything about this story, the author got it just right, even though you could see where the story was headed and knew what was coming, it was still fabulous.

I adored a Christmas Wish List. For me, it is a perfect Christmas story. I loved sitting by the lights of my Christmas tree reading such a lovely and sweet romance.

Christmas Wish List is the second book in the Hartbridge Christmas series. It can be read as a complete standalone, but to completely enjoy the glimpses of past characters it is better to read in the order that the author intended.

Carter "Cass" Campion moved back into town after coming out as gay, divorcing his wife, and purchasing his aunt's manor to turn into a bed and breakfast. He threw himself into the restoration to avoid the guilt and pain of hurting everyone when he came out. He wasn't living at this point, he's just surviving until he hires a handsome chef to help him during Christmas with the grand opening.

Jayden Turner was in need of a new start after leaving his last job. He thought finding this temporary job would be perfect until he found somewhere to go. Jayden wasn't expecting to find out his boss is a newly out handsome man. The sparks fly as Jayden helps Cass give up the guilt he feels and be who he was meant to be.

This perfect little town is overflowing with Christmas cheer and provides a picture-perfect backdrop for this sweet, unrushed love story. The banter between Jayden and Cass is perfect while you see them fall deep for each other. Definitely a cozy 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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Christmas Wish List (Hartbridge Christmas #2) by N.R. Walker to read and review.

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