Book Reviews

Holiday Heart Strings (Hartbridge Christmas 4) by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Law Enforcement / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-December-2023

Book Blurb

Englishman Braithe Branson arrives in Hartbridge, Montana, to take on a brief substitute kindergarten teacher position. His introduction to the sleepy town is being pulled over for speeding. Not an ideal start, but at least the deputy was cute.

Colson Price takes being a deputy very seriously. After all, his job is all he has. Disowned by his family ten years ago, he’s vowed to stay closeted so it won’t cost him everything all over again.

But the holidays are tough for Colson, and the new guy in town is far too tempting. With a promise of some very private no-strings encounters on the downlow, he can’t resist.

Braithe is charmed by the handsome deputy, the gorgeous town, and the great group of friends he meets. But as the countdown to leaving gets closer, the more tangled the ‘no strings’ becomes.

Braithe and Colson have to hope that Hartbridge will find a way for this Christmas wish to come true.


Book Review

“My Christmas miracle was you coming into my life.”  ~ unknown


Holidays have been hard for Deputy Colson Price, especially Christmas. Since his family kicked him out ten years ago for being gay, he doesn't bother with decorations and always works Christmas Day so his coworkers can be with their families. But this Christmas promises to be different due to the arrival of a particular substitute kindergarten teacher named Braithe.


There were better ways to start Braithe Branson's temporary stay in Hartbridge than meeting one of the town's deputies. But he wouldn't mind running into him again, if under more favorable circumstances. Unfortunately, their next meeting happens when Deputy Price is called out to check on a possible jumper on the bridge. Brice was mortified to have worried anyone when he was merely enjoying the view.


After dancing around each other for a while, Brice and Colson settle into a no-strings-attached relationship that quickly changes into something that is anything but. Except that Colson is terrified of losing everything he had all over again. It all comes down to either living in misery forever, or grabbing his chance at happiness with Braithe.


It was comforting to revisit Hartbridge and to check in on the guys from previous stories in the series. I especially liked the way they took Braithe under their wings and made him feel welcome. I loved everything about Braithe, especially his patience with Colson. Colson was such a tortured soul, wanting what he saw everyone else had that he thought he couldn’t. Fortunately, Braithe was able to show him that he was worthy of loving and being loved. Thanks, N.R., for another Christmas miracle.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 319 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-November-2023
Price $5.99 ebook
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