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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,430 ratings  ·  276 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
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Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published November 27th 2020
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~✡~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!

- NO ANGST

- 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
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Sheri
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
Snjez
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Diana
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

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Ariana
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku, christmas
3,75 stars

Wholesome.
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
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Meags
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
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*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.

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Cadiva
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
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Lisazj1
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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
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
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Meep
Nov 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, seasonal, sugar-sweet
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
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Debra
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
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JESSI ☾
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Bibliophile
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
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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
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Bookreader87(Amanda)
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
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BWT (Belen)
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
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25 Readings Or More
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
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!
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haletostilinski
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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Catherine
*** 4.5 Stars ***

Aussies and puppies and a total meet cute and a Hallmark Christmas movie worthy town and many, many Schitt's Creek references... I mean, this is pretty much the most perfect Christmas story in existence.
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Sou
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
That was a cute fluffy book and that's what I always crave on Christmas! On Christmas am like a totally different person! All the badassness disappears and is replaced by holidays mushiness and I don't regret it one bit! That's why I related to Ren so much! He had a hardware store and looked like a serial killer bear lol not my words but yet he was cute and mushy in his own way and his taste in movies was just on point with his mushy side! I loved everything about this story even though it wasn' ...more
Marion
4.25 Stars!
Perfect if you’re looking for something sweet and romantic while sheltering at home for the holidays.
suebee ~Always Reading~
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, holiday
Unfortunately I could not get into this book. The premise is adorable and the characters are likable. I just found the story boring and unoriginal, it dragged for me. I am finding it harder to get into a lot of holiday stories because they happen over a short amount of time and that means there is usually instalove, which I am not a fan of. I feel like these stories are being done over and over again just with slight changes in locations and situations.

Of course the writing is really good since
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Lizzie
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-holiday

I was disappointed with this one. I have read quite a few of NR Walker’s books. I do like her writing, and I do tend to like her stories.

This one felt rushed. There were some editing issues (which surprised me). AND...the scene were they make love for the first time (not when they get off)...it was totally breezed over. I was definitely disappointed about that. All we’re given is the description that Ren is gentle and blah blah.

C’mon, don’t deprive me of witnessing their love making. Not cool.
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♥Sharon♥
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit too sweet for me. Nice enough characters, a few funny moments but this one never took off for me. Skimmed a bit in the middle and a bit at the end.

I think if there was a bit more steam it would have been a better read.

So if you enjoy a super sweet story this one is for you. 🎄❄️
ML
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Swoony and romantic Christmas story!

Loved Ren and Hamish and they were such well written characters. There was an instant connection.
Sometimes accidents lead to the best outcomes.
This book was sweet and romantic and I highly recommend it.
It will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit.
Chris
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
A cute Christmas story .. sweet, sweet sweet
Alex
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, christmas
a shame as I didn't know any TV series or movies mentioned in the book 😆 (Too many references by the way..) ...more
Grace
Meh.

Look, this was a perfectly fine story, and I know I'm currently in a phase lately where I am ridiculously hard to please, so that could fully be at play here, but I found this so underwhelming. It was just kind of boring, and very much Hallmark-movie like which might have been less annoying if the characters didn't keep mentioning how much it was like a Hallmark movie every five seconds? I also really hate when characters make a lot of pop culture reference because it tends to locate the boo
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Jane (whatjanereads)
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This 100% gave me all the Christmas feelings!!!
There was snow, there were fairy lights, fir trees, a fireplace, cookie baking and presents. Also it was super romantic.
The beginning was hilarious and I instantly felt sorry for poor Hamish and I immediately liked him.
Ren was a total NR Walker protagonist: a hermit, living in the middle of nowhere with his animal best-friend, but the most gentle and kind man you can think of. She is the queen of writing these kinds of characters and that’s one of t
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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.

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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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