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(Hartbridge Christmas #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,003 ratings  ·  523 reviews
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 fail
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published November 27th 2020 by BlueHeart Press
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elena ❀
Nov 23, 2022 rated it liked it
“Thank you. For running off the road out the front of my place. For saving me from a miserable Christmas by myself, and for being the best thing to come into my life in a really long time.”

N.R. Walker is who I automatically turn to when looking for something quick but cute, sappy, and fluffy. I’ve been busy the past couple of days that I wasn’t able to read much, but this story provided a good distraction during the small moments I had free time to spare. It’s true Walker style, with
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This book got so many things right:

- Cute Aussie trying to drive in a snowstorm on the "wrong" side of the road

- Gentle lumberjack who rescues said Aussie

- Forced proximity in Ren's cozy log house

- Adorable doggo!


- Humor, low-key banter, and real conversations

- Sweetest Christmas present ever

- The best HEA!

There was one thing missing though:

- Steam

The guys exchange a few lingering kisses, but there's just one sex scene, and it's summarized and fades to black. Insert sad face emoji her
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh…don’t worry, be happy! If this book could sing to me, that’s what it would belt out. I didn’t worry. I didn’t stress. I let my smile break free and was happy, happy, HAPPY! I loved it to pieces and want everyone to read it and feel the same joy. It was fluffy. It was sweet. It was exactly what I needed! Thank you, Nic for bringing these two into my life and sharing their contagious cheer. The world can use good fortune right now and Hamish and Ren delivered exac ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, holiday-reads
I can't say I developed strong feelings for the characters, but the story was light, sweet and cozy. I really liked the setting and I loved the dog. A true Hallmark Christmas romance. ...more
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku, christmas
3,75 stars

That was my first thought on finishing.

If you fancy a truly wholesome Christmas story – this surely is it:
- two lovely, lonely, genuine guys, totally in synch with each other.
- a cabin
- tons of snow
- a cute wee dog
- some baking
- hot chocolate
- tree decorating
- thoughtful presents
- helpful townspeople, totally accepting of gay folk
- lovely sibling and husband with family feels galore

Wow. No wonder, even the characters are comparing this to a Hallmark Christmas setting and sto
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a perfect holiday read for me. In typical N. R. Walker fashion, it was surgery sweet and insta love, but I didn't even care. I adored both Hamish and Ren together. Hamish had me laughing more than once and Ren just had a big heart.

Now I feel like I need to watch Schitt's Creek

* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Classic Walker fluff with nary a hiccough or roadblock!

Literally, Ren and Hamish meet cute (as cute as rescuing a stranger in a snowstorm can get) and bond over many things as they’re stuck together for a few days.

Hamish is starting anew, moving from Australia to the US to be with his sister whom he hasn’t seen in years, and Ren is spending his first Christmas alone since his father passed away. These two instantly get along fabulously, and it’s sooooo obvious that they’re perfect for e
Shile (Hazard's Version) Maroon on semi-hiatus
3.5 Christmas in June read stars

-Sugar overload.

-Cavity coma inducing candy read.

-Sweet and adorable.
Nov 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you just want a ridiculously sweet Christmas romance, you have to read this book. Hamish is moving to the US and is visiting his sister for Christmas when he crashed his rental car in the middle of a snow storm. Luckily, he crashed right by Ren's home in Montana. Ren lets Hamish stay at his house and the two quickly find themselves opening up about their lives and feeling an attraction towards one another. This was such a cute snowed-in together romance and I loved how Ren had an adorable pup ...more
4.5 Stars

I adored this one. No surprises, really, because beyond it being an N.R. Walker story—which, at this point, I’m programmed to enjoy—it effortlessly showcased all those warm and cozy feelings I relate to my love of Christmastime, while also epically and accurately (finally!) portraying the uniqueness between, and the various traditions of, an Australian vs an American Christmas experience.

As an Aussie myself, I relished and related to Hamish’s fish-out-of-water experience, as he packed
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Meh. It was okay. A bit too sugary sweet for even my tastes.

I found a good bit of the dialogue cheesy and eye roll enducing honestly.

I know this is supposed to be a feel good holiday read. But we can't throw everything out the window.

Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! This was the sweetest. I’m so happy I’m doing this whole Christmas in July thing so I didn’t do something stupid like waiting for December to read this. But also a little sad because I won’t read it for the first time in December. The perks of a fantastic book I guess. I started the audiobook of this for the evenings dog walk and then I just couldn’t stop listening. And here we are, in the middle of the night with me having to be at work in a few hours… but I couldn’t care less because I’ ...more
Sweet, romantic and packed with all the feels you could want. Very little steam and what there is is just about completely off page but honestly, I didn't miss it *much*. Fabulous holiday story! 💖 ...more
Lau ♡
Tic-Tac-Mistletoe is the perfect book if you love cheesy Christmas movies with the sweetest meet cute between soul mates that always ends up in a capital HEA. It was light, funny and everything I needed to forget about real life for a moment.

Hardbridge is exactly like the towns in these kind of movies books: full of snow and lights, all decorated for Christmas and where everyone knows everyone. But there aren’t a lot of gay men in a tiny place like Hardbridge and Ren has resigned himself to a l
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG that was so cute!

It's like N.r. took the best bits about the feelings that spending time with your loved ones creates and turned it into book form.

This whole book just made me happy, it absolutely is a Hallmark Christmas film in words.

From the moment Hamish was dumped in a strange part of America in the snow, to the awesomely romantic Epilogue, I had a massive smile on my face.

Throw in a cute dog, TV and movie quote conversations, (although I'm probably the only person on the planet never
Reading_ Tamishly
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
My heart is swimming in love but it doesn't know how to swim. So guess how it feels 🤭

*One of those rare instances where insta love worked.

Maybe I got influenced by the good characters and their wholesome representation. I love the characters. Yes, the 30 something main character behaving like a young adult and we can totally get why and the other main character (you squeezed my heart!) is just too good to be true. But ugh the chemistry!!!! Burnt me. And I felt so freaking single all over again
Dec 24, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
DNF @ 15% 🙁 My angst loving heart and I couldn't do it. We tried!!! ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sugar-sweet, seasonal, dnf
could pose danger to diabetics - this is a saccharine over sweet story where nothing happens.

A little bit mawkish at a few points then back to overdone emoting and film references. Could do with a film crib sheet at the start, these characters reference films and tv personalities and I had no idea who/what/why, and, I favour books, so not interested in finding out. Felt beaten over the head with being repeatedly told 'it's like a hallmark movie' I get it already!

I wanted a light cosy read but th
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Hamish an adorable, Australian fish-out-of-water in snowy Montana says it himself, that he ended up in a Hallmark movie. If you want your Hallmark movie fix via a romance novel this is the perfect book for you! This was the sweetest, no angst, low steam, most Christmassy romance I've read so far in my holiday reads.

This book just put a smile on my face from the start. I adored Hamish and Ren and little Chutney. Ren expected to be alone for Christmas, wallowing in grief and Hamish expec
Nov 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I adore NR Walker, so it pains me to give her 1 star. But I gave her a low rating for Throwing Hearts and I'm going to so here as well.

This book feels phoned-in and it contains far too many elements that have become tropes for her. She needs to just eradicate these things from all future books to get out of this rut. They include:

-- Characters with no characterization or backstory that is beyond surface-deep. I literally couldn't tell who was talking at various points in the book. That's a bad t
Gah! How cute was this book?! Tic-Tac-Mistletoe gave me all the warm and cozy Christmas vibes I could ever want. Hamish and Ren had this perfect chemistry from the moment they met, and Walker really made you connect with the characters as the story progressed. At times it was a bit emotional and at other times it was so full of Christmas joy and love that I felt like my heart would explode. You can't go wrong with a story about two guys who meet by chance and fall in love over Christmas. ...more
Ben Howard
Nov 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
I wonder if I would find myself a Ren if I crashed my car outside a stranger's house during a snowstorm. Knowing my luck, I'd find myself in a horror book.

Tic-Tac-Mistletoe is a super sweet, no-angst christmas romance.

After having a hard time of late in his home country of Australia, Hamish decides to move to the US for two years. His younger sister has been living in Idaho four the past for years, so he decides to stay at her place when he arrives a few days before christmas.

However, things q
Bah humbug

It saddens me to give this author two stars because I really enjoy her work. Unfortunately, this book just didn't work for me. Everything felt cookie cutter sweet with absolutely no depth. Let's not start on the over abundance of Schitt Creek references and Haimish constantly pointing out how it all felt like a Hallmark Christmas movie. Guess what I dislike those movies because even those are too cheesy for me and this book felt just like one. So, Haimish wasn't wrong there. I feel lik
Denise H.
The hardware shop owner meets his "one" in a snowbank...
Yummy and fun ! I liked this sweet Christmas romance.
Hamish, 31, is fed up in Sydney, Australia, so he sets off for America, to visit his sister, Liv in Idaho. The trip is rough and he ends up in Montana, adrift on the side of the road. Luckily his horn honking paid off, because Ren, 32, heard it, and came to the rescue.

So, we see our guys bonding over common ground with favorite sayings and shared taste in TV shows. This is entertainin
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely lovely.

My heart, like the Grinch's, has grown three sizes. What an incredibly sweet holiday story! I wish this was a Hallmark Christmas movie, because it's absolutely perfect for it. 'Tic-Tac-Mistletoe' is a dual POV, sweet, no angst, fun, holiday romance with a very happy ending. 🎄🥰

4.5 Stars
2.5 More sweet than spicy (very low steam - if that's what you're looking for)
This was super cute but not all that remarkable.
Dec 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This was so wholesome 😭
It was a cute fluffy Christmas romance and I loved it!
25 Readings Or More
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm in love 😍😍😍😍
This is the sweetest story i've ever read *swooning*
It's the perfect Christmas story because it makes you happy and leave you with a stupid smile on the face.
Hamish and Ren are so damn cute 🖤🖤🖤
N.R Walker is always a certainty and her books are one-click for me!
ok, this is probably a weird thing to get hung up on but-
I refuse to believe that two adults can play tic tac toe for hours without getting bored. there's only so many possible combinations for the game to have and it really doesn't take long to find the optimal strategy, in which case a match would always play out in the same patterns, resulting in a draw.
so playing tic tac toe for hours regularly and still getting a victor/loser would be pretty stupid. unless they're playing a higher dimension
3.5 stars rounded up!

A sweet, fluffy, and mostly enjoyable holiday book. Hamish, who has lived in Australia all his life, is in need of a change, and so he moves halfway around the world to America - for two years, at least, as his sister lives there permanently, and she's the only family he has left and he hasn't seen her in person in 4 years.

Ren has lived in the small town of Hartbridge, Montana all his life and is content to live there for the rest of his days, except most people leave the s
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Author also writes as A. Voyeur

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 she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things...but likes it even more when they fa

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“He’s gay, he’s single, he owns his own business. He lives in a cute-as-hell cabin-type house. He’s sweet and funny, and Liv, I don’t think you understand. He even named his dog Chutney from Legally Blonde. And he has little shoes for her so she can walk in the snow.” 1 likes
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