Erryn reviews ‘Tic Tac Mistletoe’ by N.R. Walker. The book was published on November 27, 2020, 216 pgs. The audio was released December 177, 2020, was narrated by Glen Lloyd and is 5hrs and 17mins.
Why I read this book: I loved Upside Down so wanted more of this author/narrator duo.
Hamish Kenneally is moving from Australia to the US for a fresh start, beginning 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.
“I’m too pretty to be bear poo.” (Hamish Kenneally)
Ms. Walker has done it again. Given me two great heroes, a meet-cute, forced proximity, and voilà – this book.
The story begins with Hamish. I’ll let him sum up his situation best: “I am the totally catastrophic unmitigated disaster.”
He could have been describing me most of the time. So yeah, totally related to him. Caught unprepared in a snowstorm? Well when it’s 35 degrees when you leave Australia (Celsius for those who might be confused) and you arrive to freezing temperatures and a snowstorm in the states where you land, it’s a bit of a disaster. Driving your rental car into a? Again…not so good.
Being rescued by a guy you mistake for a bear? Well, things might be looking up.
Ren lives a far more staid existence. When his father passed earlier in the year, he took over running the family hardware store in Hartbridge, Montana. Not a ton of gay men around, he’s accepted his life for what it is. He has friends, he has a job he loves, and he coasts. Sex? Yeah, that’s for other guys. He has everything he wants.
Or at least he believes he does.
Then some hottie with a beard and an Australian accent crashes in a snowbank in front of his house and suddenly his boring world is turned upside down.
And, of course, ya know…Christmas!
The men jokingly compare their situation to a Hallmark movie and they’re right – except Hallmark hasn’t progressed to gay couples in the lead. Still, there’s always hope.
This book is super adorable. From the dog (half poodle, half cavalier), to the picturesque setting, to the separation that, of course, resolves itself. This book is low-angst and full of heart. I cannot say enough good things about it. Oh, and I got to listen to it. Glen Lloyd does great work with Ms. Walker’s work. He brings out the humor and joy. The book was a pleasure to listen to.
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 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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