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Irises in the Snow

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  34 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
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Published November 4th 2019 by Nine Star Press
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sarah xoxo
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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,
☆ 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, judgmental 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 between so many plot points, the feels got a bit muddled for me.

I would've rather the story picked 3, maybe 4, i
This is a second-chance-at-love novella, set at Christmas time.

Justin is feeling like a failure. The family business he's tried to keep afloat for so long, foregoing his own dreams and ambitions, is not doing well, and he can't bear to face his parents as Christmas approaches, especially his father who has cancer. When an unexpected guest shows up at his mother's invitation, hope flares for a moment as Justin is reunited with Elliott, his former boyfriend and first love who ghosted him.

Justin ex
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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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 was happy with the conti
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 Rowel is s
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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 brings them tog
Thank you Sugar plum Santa 🎅

3.75 *⭐️

I enjoyed this one but I wanted it to be longer.
I felt for Justin and understood his need to keep the family business running, even when doing so meant giving up on his dreams. He had moments of bitterness that made his character very realistic and at the same time made it harder for him to connect with Elliot. I found Elliot harder to connect with, but that was because he never gave the full story and as we were in Justin's head we only saw what he saw. I did
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 is anything b
Eva Scalzo
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
Joyfully Jay

A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Isabelle Adler has given us a novella of hope and second chances with the release of her Christmas story, Irises in the Snow. Admitting you have failed to keep the family business afloat is one thing, but Justin not only failed at that, but at just about everything else in his life. To say he is at an all-time low is not exaggerating. But when he sees that his mother has invited an old friend—once his boyfriend—to Christmas dinner, Justin can hardly contain the hope
R.J. Sorrento
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, mlm-romance
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 heart.

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.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Can’t decide to give this Christmasy second-chance gay romance novella a two star or three...

***eProof given by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction***

This is a short, sweet, Christmasy second-chance romance novella with a HEA. And I liked it. After reading Midnight Sun, which was a tad on the heavy side, this was the lovely antidote for that.

Though I found it sweet and a fast read (I could have read this in one day if I found the time), there is a lot of drama thro
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 holida ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet holiday read...

3.5 - 4 stars....

My first reaction when I finished Irises in the Snow was "Short, sweet holiday read..." and that pretty much sums it up. A lot happened in this short read, almost too much considering the length of the story. That doesn't mean that I didn't like Elliot and Justin's second chance story, it just means that I wish there was more. *sigh*

If you're looking for a quick read, packed full of emotion coming from all directions, Irises in the Snow will defin
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it

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? because they were both out to their families.

They broke up for #reasons. and then lost touch for #reasons. mainly because Elliot
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 Elliott went away and the m
Jenn (not Lily)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short, winter-read
Lovely! Just enough hope of potential future happiness to temper the melancholy memories of more joyful past holidays. Made me cry and smile at the same time.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews

Justin is looking forward to the holidays with his family. Things have really been going badly for him lately. His family business is failing. He discovered his boyfriend cheating on him. He still lives in his same small town above said failing business and his only real friend is the owner of the independent coffee shop across the street. So he really needs some cheering up. But when he walks into the first holiday dinner, who should b
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Justin is the best of sons, to the detriment of himself sometimes. He has been trying his best to make his family’s hardware store a success but the arrival of a Big Box store (Tool Depot) just a little way from their store has hit the finances hard. He doesn’t want to spoil the holidays so he puts on his best faux happy face. Add into this his boyfriend Mark was caught “I literally walked in on you with your pants around your ankles and some guy’s mouth around your d**k” and, well, it’s a ro
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley, ebook
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 family. I like the
Susan Anne
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. I li ...more
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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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

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