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In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Oskar Høiland hides from life. It just makes things easier that way, not having to face all the fears and drama of living. He especially hides from other people, because Oskar has grown up fearing the snide remarks and the quick glances that strip him of the tiny scraps of confidence he still has left. He is just going to keep existing. Work hard to complete his medical ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Independently Published
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☆ Todd
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

This story was New Adult, charming cuteness with a good number of heart-tugging feels, plain and simple.

Shy and reserved second year med student Oskar had severe anxiety, and was acing all of his coursework, but otherwise mostly stayed hidden away in the safety of his dorm room.



At least until he found cute, drunk, third year "guy from upstairs" Erik passed out in his bed, which made him simultaneously want to boot the boy out the door and never allow him to leave.



And after a restless night
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Lisazj1
4.5 stars! OMG, I am a big, melty, happy puddle of smiley-swoon, with my cheeks hurting from grinning so much.

Not a perfect story. Both boys had issues *though don't we all*, and sometimes all the emotional shifts and anxiety attacks were chaotic and jumbled and frankly exhausting but it felt real and true with both Oskar and Erik.

Balancing that out was the sweet, funny and damn adorable way that they discover how they each make sense of the world for the other. The way they help each other
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Truuss / Loveislovereview
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, m-m
Oskar and Erik

Delightful just freaking delightful. Two ridiculously adorable guys I loved them both instantly!

Oskar lives in room 212:A, solitude. He prefers it, he doesn’t like people, more because people don’t like him he thinks. He doesn’t understand life, no friends, no boyfriend, not ever once kissed Than suddenly there is a sleeping guy in his bed.
It’s Erik from the room above him, where the popular guys live. He is drunk and fast asleep. Oskar needs sleep too. Oskar has the best fluffy,
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Becca
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really a sweet story. Being in love from afar and not knowing how to tell him. Having to pretend to be someone he’s not. It gets tiring. But one drunken night, when he’s sad and lonely, turns out to be the best thing to happen.
Oskar was used to feeling like the loser. No one wants him. Hell, he’s never even been kissed. He doesn’t do well with people no matter how hard he tries. Truthfully, he’s better than he thinks, but he’s always so down on himself. But right now, his pissed off and
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Emily Seelye
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc
I loved this!

I thought it was rather sweet just watching these two boys who seem so different on the surface get to know each other and realize they are more alike than first appear.

This left me with all the cozy feels!

Recommend

*I received an ARC
Sharon Cox
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved each and every book by Sophia Soames that I have read so I was very pleased when I was offered an ARC of In This Bed of Snowflakes We Lie. This book was not an exception. It is beautifully written and drew me in from page 1. The characters are believable and charismatic and I was cheering for them from the first page.
There are major obstacles to overcome but Oskar, who is the most damaged of the two main characters, will be able to do this with Erik's help. We want them to be
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Kirk
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance, lgbtq
“Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.”

This . This is how I felt when I read this book. Oskar and Erik come together is such a tentative and beautiful way. There’s friends and fellow students who all have a unique voice who are cheering these two on, not to mention Erik’s wonderful, crazy and bananas family in a home that just oozes love. I adored the talk of food and the joy and comfort of Christmas
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Sarah
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

Oscar and Eric’s story is a beautifully written new adult romance. It’s a story about the innocence of first love and the painful wonder of two young men growing into their adult selves. I absolutely loved this book and I devoured it in a single sitting.

When we meet Oskar, he’s an introverted, socially awkward student whose carefully ordered world is turned upside down by a boy who lives upstairs. Oskar is immediately familiar -
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Lagaertha
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raw, gritty, sweet and hilariousThe turmoil in both Oskar and Erik’s heads is so OTT in a funny, and sometimes a bit heartbreaking, way. The Christmas spirit is so present, and now I look forward to candles, snow, scents from oranges, cinnamon and pine - I’m ready for

I was kindly provided with an ARC in exchange of an honest review
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Leslie
.5/5 Stars

I’m rounding up because it was a lovely story and beautifully written. There was a little bit of insta love which isn’t my thing and that’s why it’s 3.5 stars. But even with that I was drawn in. Plus, if there’s ever a kind of book where insta love is ok, it’s a Holiday book. The prose was gorgeous, soothing and almost whimsical. It reminded me of Suki Fleet’s writing. (That’s a compliment.) I felt warm and comforted
by it. Add this to your Christmas reading list.
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Calila
*A copy was provided by the author for free in exchange for an honest review*

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. This is just an adorable, sweet, funny, cute romance about two guys really falling in love for the first time. Oskar is a massive introvert who comes out of his shell, and Erik is insecure fake (though not in a bad way) who grows into his truth. I honestly loved their relationship so much. It was just happy and adorable (yes, I'm using that word again). I love the trip they take to Erik's home for
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Mac Paterson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Adorable holiday romance to snuggle up on the couch with. Erik and Oskar will steal your heart, two young guys just looking for someone to love. I really felt for Oskar who didn’t feel like he fit in and struggled to interact with people, Erik certainly helped bring him out of his shell and was too cute it was almost too much.

This book has the best family Christmas, I want an animal onesie now!
Dieter Moitzi
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
More accurately, it's 4.5 stars.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This review has been originally posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!


I know we’re not here to share song titles or Youtube-links. But the other day I stumbled upon this amazing song, “Falling Free”, by Danish singer Eivør (she’s from the Faroe Islands, in fact), where the chorus goes, “Now I surrender / I am falling down / Hoping you will catch me / Before I hit the ground. / You are all I
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Sarita Chapdelaine
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is an amazing story and I love everything about it. In This Bed of Snowflakes we Lie is beautifully written, emotional, sweet, heartbreakingly sad, full of joy, hilarious, deals well with difficult issues, the characters are exceptional and the storyline is wonderful. Oskar and Erik are so perfect for each other and I absolutely love how their relationship develops as they get to know each other. They both spend a lot of time in their own heads tearing themselves down but when they are ...more
Anu Vaarama
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice and cute love story. I liked to read something placed in Norway and winter - they both are so familiar to me but a I have read mostly American and British books lately, so you see, no Oslo or snow there. The writing also was very different from the usual I read, much more straight forwarded, saying things as they are, like people talk and think in Fennoscandia, not much using small talk. The epiloque was a bit too long, otherwise the story went on with quite good speed. ...more
Ζωή Παππά
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oskar and Erik are both going to the same college. Oskar prefers being alone and doesn’t like the popular guys that live at the dorm upstairs and have loud parties. Erik is one of the popular guys, really outgoing, and is hopelessly in love with Oskar. They end up meeting each other, they spend Christmas together and of course they fall in love.
This book is absolutely fantastic! It’s so well written, with wonderful and deep characters and a great message at the end. It’s a book about family and
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Anabela.M.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In This Bed Of Snowflakes We Lie is a wonderfully raw story, that kept on the edge of laughter and heartbreak all through reading it.

I love Erik and Oskar,so beautifully broken and messed up,so quirky, cute and endearing. I loved their courage to be their real selves, their force to fight their fears and open their hearts to one another and seize happiness.

I really just LOVE this book and I can't recommend it enough.
Mim Crenshaw
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a deep and emotional read for me. Oskar and Erik both have deep issues and in this book I saw them both grow and become so much more. The author did such an amazing job on these two characters and with the supporting characters as well. I was immersed in the Norwegian culture, that just added to the great world building that the author created.

I read a complimentary advancecopyof thebook; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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Elle
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, as usual.


A charming book, full of love, and a joy to read. Be aware though, as with the majority of this lady's work, it's not all cozy hand holding, there's a definite edge. I thoroughly enjoyed Oskar and Erik together. Both were messed up in their own way, but proved to be perfect for one another.

When you first meet Oskar, it seems that he'll be stuck in his joyless life, forever, the obstacles seem insurmountable. It's a bleak situation and, at times it was painful to
...more
Joscelyn Smith
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oskar and Erik's story was everything I've come to expect from Sophia Soames, beautifully complex characters and a storyline just filled with emotion. Both were a little bit broken but together they made a such an impact on each other, I was so rooting for them. All in all a fun, emotional read.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
ML
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful. I loved it.
When one person loves you from afar and figures out how to get you to spend the holidays with them, magic ensues.
The chemistry and care that Erik and Oskar show each other made my heart sing.
These characters will stay with you long after you are done reading this book.
I fell in love with them. You will too.
I highly recommend this lovely story.
Amy Dufera
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In This Bed of Snowflakes is an exquisite college romance by Sophia Soames.

As with the author's previous books, this is set in Norway, setting the reader up for a unique read. Omg, I seriously love, love, love this story. I am torn about the writing style. Part of me hates it, as it's written in present tense, sometimes feeling very awkward. At the same time however, the writing is almost lyrical and I just let myself sit back and enjoy the ride.

Eric's, a gay college student who hides behind his
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Meg
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

This was a very sweet book. With the way things start out and after reading the blurb, I really didn't expect the love story to move along nearly as easily as it did. However, the characters are fairly well developed, although a bit contradictory at times. The writing style? I grew to quite like it, but it won't be for everyone.

In Oskar's mind, he is unlikable, nerdy, awkward, and hiding until he gets his medical degree. He is innocent as the new fallen snow, and believes he
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Annie
I’ve had this author on my to-read list for a while now, but In this Bed of Snowflakes We Lie is the first book I’ve read of hers, though it certainly won’t be the last. New adult isn’t always my bag, but this university-aged romance between two young, inexperienced men was simply lovely. I loved that the book was set in Norway. Not only does the author provide a story steeped in beautiful scenery, but readers also get the chance to become immersed in cultural nuances and Norwegian holiday ...more
Lillian Francis
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredibly sweet romance set around Christmas and the New Year in Norway. It has an amazing sense of place which feels natural as though the author is simply writing about everyday things in her life.
It centres around two university students who live in the same block in different dorms. Erik is the party boy, a people person who wants to make everyone happy but who is hiding a part of himself because he is gay and is struggling with coming out. Except he's fascinated by the Disney
...more
Kitt
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by this author. In fact, it reminded me so much of another Scandinavian author who also writes about quirky characters in growing, learning, awkward and strange situations, that for a moment I thought I was reading one of that other authors' books. However, this story is different in wonderful ways. I found it to be a rather unconventional and quirky love story and I really enjoyed it! I loved Erik and Oskar. They are sweet, funny, and sometimes downright strange. (I mean, ...more
Shannon Tolen
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Oskar is a second year med student and has been keeping to himself, until the day he walked into his dorm room and found the guy from upstairs passed out drunk on his bed. Oskar wants to wake him up and kick him out, all while locking the door and keeping him in there forever. And when Oskar wakes up in the morning, he finds his feelings on the situation are even more confusing. When the two men spend more time together, the closer they get. But can these two work past their fears and anxieties ...more
Pablito
I loved this book that was conceived as an Advent Calendar story of Christmas love.

The two improbable snowfallen angels--- a reclusive medical student from the downstairs-nerd dorm, and a love-em-and leave-em str8 playboy from the party-central-dorm upstairs --- would never cross paths let alone end up in the same king-sized bed- - - not even by mistake.

Would they?

While I would have appreciated more secondary character development (Matthias', for one), I was all in with the main characters
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Torhild Borg
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This autor never disappoints with her stories, or the stories setting, which she has decided is Oslo, the capital of Norway. Before I say anything else, I'll just remind you that I am so biased here because I know the city well, and I also am Norwegian. Yes yes yes...I had a few chuckles here and there...
the story itself is about two young guys at the university. They are a bit afraid of what the others expect off of them, and how the life is living as a growing up to be adult.
They are also
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Cat
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute holiday whirlwind romance

This book reminded me - I need to read more Sophia Soames. I really do like her writing. There's something relaxing and melodic and nice about it. You get absorbed right into her stories, feel invested in the characters and their emotions.

The start was a little slow and at times a little confusing (in that you don't quite know where the story is going). But once the momentum and pacing pick up, the story is sweet and romantic. Note that this is a bit of instalove
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Sophia Soames is a Scandinavian, UK based, Author of contemporary MM romance. She loves her own quirky style of writing and her imperfect characters stumble awkwardly through life until they find their own perfect HEA.