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Irises in the Snow

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It’s Christmas, and Justin’s life is fraying at the edges. The family business he took over instead of going to art school is bleeding money, and his boyfriend of seven months cheated on him. Under these circumstances, family gatherings can be rough, but Justin believes he has everything under control. That is, until Elliot, his former best friend (and the first guy to eve ...more
Published November 4th 2019 by Nine Star Press
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sarah xoxo
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2019-read, romance
Irises in the snow is a swoonworthy m/m romance holiday novella that you should not miss out on!

This book was expertly done, I often find novellas and short stories to be underwhelming and underdeveloped but this was really well fleshed out, but fast paced and addicting at the same time. In the short time we know our characters, we get a real glimpse into their personalities, struggles and dreams. I felt very connected to the main character Justin, as well as Elliot. I loved the subplot of art, it added
☆ Todd
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it

WOW. That was a *lot* of drama for one story.
- Recent parent deaths.

- Leukemia.

- Breakup due to cheating.

- A loud, judgemental family member.

- Failing business.

- Loss of self-worth and pride.

- Loss of childhood dreams and ambitions.

- Long distance separation.

- Ghosting behavior.

- Loss of first true love.
So yeah, like I said... a LOT.

The story was "fine", but with my attention divided betwe"",
Amy Dufera
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Irises in the Snow is a tender second chance romance novella by Isabelle Adler.

Justin and Elliot were high school sweethearts who were forced to part ways. Now, Justin finds an awkward surprise when he returns home for Christmas, allowing the two to reunite.

I adore second chance romances, and this one is a true gem. Justin and Elliot are super sweet together, and I could feel the little touches and quickened heartbeats.

The smooth writing style drew me in and I
Isabelle Adler
Oct 17, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Category: Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 25300
Book Length: Novella
Sex Content: Non-Explicit
Pairing: MM
Orientation: Gay
Identity: Cisgender
Warning: Secondary character recovering from cancer, deceased parents, dealing with grief, discussion of dieting

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Adrienne Bross
Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit, first and foremost, that winter is at the very top for me, sitting unchecked and unchallenged as my favorite season. It's a time of cuddles, hot beverages, crackling fires, and gatherings of friends and family. Now, take all of that warm, gooey goodness and condense it into the pages of a novella, and you'll have Isabelle Adler's Irises in the Snow.

In the heart of a small town, Justin Rowe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
This novella is a lovely beginning to the season of Holiday stories. Isabelle Adler is a great writer and this story... short as it feels... is lovely. Justin's life began to fall apart the moment his partner left for the city and the life they had planned together. Justin stayed behind because his father was ill and rather than following his dream to be an artist, he suddenly needed to run a hardware store.

Heartbreaker, Elliot is invited to family dinner by Justin's Mom and that bri
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This second chance Christmas romance had enough angst to suit me, but I wanted a little more story to go with it.

Justin and Elliot were childhood friends and high school boyfriends, but their fortunes diverged after Elliot went off to California for art school and Justin stayed in their hometown to run the family business after his father’s cancer diagnosis. When Elliot returns to sell his family home, Justin is embarrassed to see him again, because Elliot is successful, and Justin i
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
this short holiday novel is a second chance story that suffers a bit in the short format but proves enjoyable in spite of that. justin's life is falling apart right in time for christmas. when he shows up at his parents' house and encounters his ex-best friend, elliot, also known as the guy who broke his heart. it's weird because at times in the story it seems like they were clearly together, but at other times it seems like it was something they shared on the down-low, but i'm not sure why? bec ...more
R.J. Sorrento
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to set time aside from NaNoWriMo word sprints to read this charming novella. That’s how much I adore Isabelle Adler’s writing. Her setting details are a pleasure to read and bring the story to life in every scene. Every sitting to read this was like being wrapped in a warm comfy blanket.

I fell for Justin and Elliot’s story instantly. I’m a big fan of second chance romance, and this holiday novella delivers. I’m usually a grump about Christmas, but this book warmed my grinch
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full RTC - November 4 (release day)

What an amazing Christmas novella about forgiveness & second chances

Though short a great example how to manage to put everything you need to tell in one story and be coherent about it.

I was so feeling with Justin but could also understand Elliot's POV & decisions.

5 out of 5 stars
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Irises in the Snow was my first book by Isabelle Adler and I really liked it. It was a lovely and emotional Christmas love story.
Victoria Loves Books
This was such a sweet second-chance Christmas story. There is nothing that gets to me like a heartwarming second chance romance! Just the idea of two people being given a second chance at finding their happily-ever-after with each other or allowing them to love again never fails to feed the hopeless romantic in me. It’s not even that I look for these types of stories, but they somehow find me. Childhood sweethearts, unrequited crushes, broken hearts… works for me every time.

This was the perfect
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Irises in the Snow is an enjoyable friends-to-lovers, second chance love story. After five years apart, childhood friends and former lovers Justin and Elliott find themselves unexpectedly meeting again. They’re both dealing with sadness, and Justin, in particular, has one big obstacle in the form of family obligations he must overcome before he can consider rekindling the flame with Elliott. The plot is solid, if basic. In the end we are left with a happy ending, as is fitting for a light holiday re ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet holiday read...
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ebook, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. For a Christmas story, this had a more somber tone. Justin's life didn't exactly turn out as he planned it. He's shockingly reminded of that when he's at his parent's for Christmas dinner and learns his mom also invited his childhood best friend and first love Elliot. Elliot, who he should have gone with to art school in California, but instead had to stay home and take over running his family's hardware store when ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

This is a quick, sweet and fun story with interesting characters and a cute storyline. Elliot and Justin are given a second chance after being apart for many years. Because their lives went in vastly different directions after high school they have a lot to learn about each other. They are thrown together during the holidays by Justin's well-meaning mother and surrounded by his fam
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tension Chance

This is a second chance novella with two very heartbroken exes who weren't really boyfriends when they suddenly split five years before but who were nevertheless in love with each other and expected by everyone they knew to be on their way to the altar eventually.

Which of course didn't happen because at the time Justin and Elliott were supposed to head off from Indiana to California to art school Justin's father got cancer and he had to stay behind while Ell
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Irises in the Snow by Isabelle Adler via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. While I’m not a huge fan of Christmas, I do enjoy holiday stories. Irises in the Snow has two appealing protagonists with the added bonus of both loving art, as do I. I too found it hard to appreciate art in small-town USA, so could relate to both the MCs.There are also several strong female characters, most of whom try to encourage the reunion between Justin and Elliot. ...more
Isa Tis
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Une petite nouvelle de Noël douce-amère qui m'a charmée par sa couverture et son titre, et dont la signification ne m'a pas déçue. Irises in the snow" est une romance douce-amère, j'ai apprécié le fait que l'auteur ne tombe pas dans un récit niais ou trop cucul la pralinette comme c'est parfois le cas pour ce genre d'histoire.

Je ne veux pas trop en dire sur l'intrigue pour ne pas gâcher la découverte, il s'agit d'une histoire de seconde chance entre Justin et son premier amour, Elliot.
Mac Paterson
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
A lovely holiday novella to enjoy curled up on the sofa with a mug of cocoa.

A second chance romance with all the feels, Elliot and Justin were high school sweethearts when life happened and pulled them apart. They’ve both had tough times to deal with but they find each other again when they’re ready for something else.

A great short read that’s like a hug in a book.

This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Becky Schweitzer
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Cute holiday MM romance w some angst and a HEA. Justin and Elliot hadn't seen eachother in years and some hard feelings remain between them. But so does their love for eachother. When they reconnect after a tragic event they discover that true love never fades.

This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.
Katie (Leave Me Alone I Am Reading)
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Nicole Pinto
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a short, sweet holiday m/m novella. It was a quick read that was enjoyable. Thank you to netgalley for the arc.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Nov 09, 2019 added it
This was a lovely and quick read. I'm a total sicker for holiday stores and this one absolutely did not disappoint! I loved the first love aspect. All in all, a fantastic read for a cozy night!
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Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination