“Tic-Tac-Mistletoe” by NR 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.

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 exactly that.

Hamish is looking for a fresh start and what better place than the other side of the world? He’s packed up what remains of his belongings and jumps on a jet plane to join his sister in America. His first visit to the States, first snowfall, and first time driving in said snow after an exhausting day of travel does not add up to anything good. Luckily his slip ‘n slide off the road was fairly harmless. Except for the fact that he’s lost and cold and scared half to death. Lady Luck isn’t finished with him yet and sends an angel wearing plaid to his rescue. This opposites-attract pair is filled with beautiful harmony. I adored their slow-burn simmer and quick fall. It may have only been days but a lifetime of potential knocks on the cabin door. And when you fit, you fit. No sense in questioning fate. Both men are acutely aware that life is short and unexpected and you should hold onto happiness with both hands and…never let go.

Ren is a country boy from top to bottom. He’s gentle yet strong. He’s thoughtful and brave. He’s everything Hamish never knew he needed. Coincidentally, the bubbly Aussie is everything Ren never knew he needed.  Hamish is funny and vibrant. He’s silly yet considerate. *sigh* They are absolutely perfect for one another. They share a mutual love of movies, shows, and songs, often speaking in their own language of quotes. Their story is warm and filling. I was captivated by the enchantment in the air. From Christmas cookies and mistletoe kisses, it’s merry and bright. I loved both Ren and Hamish but was also smitten with the rest of the family and town. There are cherished memories and treasured traditions and everything that embodies the holidays. It’s not too sexy, it’s not too angsty, it’s radiant and sugary and I thought…just right.

bewareA dramatic entrance from a quirky out-of-towner…lands smack in the middle of a Hallmark movie set. Two lost souls…seem to naturally dovetail as if awaiting the other. And an adorable dog will win your heart…along with her humans.


bookisforIf you need a hearty dose of comfort this season, I highly suggest some noughts and crosses in the mountains of Montana. Yep, it’s a good place to be!

Title: Tic-Tac-Mistletoe
Author: NR Walker
Length: 203 Pages
Publisher: self-pub
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Buy Link: Amazon

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