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Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Petter sneaks out of the New Year’s party he didn’t want to go to and treks to an old burial site he’s dying to see. Alone. Without telling anyone on a freezing December night. Without cell service…a huge problem when he twists his ankle.

Someone passes by Isak’s house on the path leading to the stone ship. When the person never returns, Isak worries and sets off to investi
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Published December 30th 2020 by JMS Books, LLC
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True Loveislovereview
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
4.5 stars Nell Iris just writes the best romance, the proof is here, again.

Before you start to read the book take a look on the Internet at Ale’s Stones in Sweden.

Escaping a New Years' party and hike alone, without telling anyone, to the remote ancient stone ship at the top of the hill, was a bad idea.
Here he is, with a twisted throbbing ankle. No way Petter can get back, it’s so cold.

Isak lives in the last house on the road to the stone ship, he saw a man walking to the stone ship but he never
Anne Barwell
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I loved this sweet story about two men being true to themselves and breaking away from societal and family expectations. I read it in one sitting.

The story feels very real, and is also romantic and heartfelt. I loved the description of Isak’s home, and the scenery surrounding it. I always enjoy reading stories set in different places, so that was an extra bonus too. I thought the setting was very atmospheric, especially with the backdrop of the ancient stone ship, which almost felt magical give
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Resolutions For An Arbitrary Holiday” is the perfect book to start the new year with. It’s a sweet holiday story with two people being true to themselves and finding love. I love reading Nell Iris’s books, you never feel like you’re just reading a novella, the characters and story are always well written and you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. If you’re looking for a cute holiday story to start the new year with, give this one a go.

I give this one 4.5 stars.

This review is based
Sharing The Book Love
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a cute quirky Xmas read, i would call it a novella/quick read.

Its well written , loved the characters and the insta love.

This is first read for me by this author but I don't think will be my last.
“Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday” by Neil Iris chronicles Petter’s New Year’s Eve decision to visit somewhere he’s always been interested in, with disastrous results…until Isak’s intervention, that changes the night to something worth celebrating.

This short and sweet contemporary gay romance reminds us to celebrate and accept our differences. I love that it shows how decisions can have far-reaching effects (and haven’t we all beaten ourselves up over poor decisions?) and unexpected benefits
Amy Stauffer
This was such a sweet story, and fun to read. I couldn’t have stopped the goofy grin on my face if I had tried. I love heartwarming, holiday stories, and I loved that this one centered around New Year's Eve.

Petter and Isak were great characters. I loved them, flaws, and all. Although, really, their ‘flaws’ were only perceived that way by others because they didn’t fit the ‘mold’ they were supposed to (so says the world). I enjoyed how easily they understood each other, and ‘spoke’ each other’s l
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic little story. There is no heat it’s not anyway steamy but the intimacy between these too and they details in with the author describes a kiss is beautiful. I finished on New Year’s Eve and it was a fantastic story to finish 2020 with.

Isak spots a lone stranger climbing to the top of a hill on New Year’s Eve all by himself when he does not see him returning he decides to follow him to the top.

Petter had to get away from the Party that he never wanted to go to in the first place
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Creating your own future, crafting your own traditions and finding love.  Beautifully written with words that are music to your soul.  This is a delightful novella that is filled to the brim with thoughtful words, meaningful moments and actions that create a future of love.  

There is so much to love about this story from the insightful and honest dialogue to the thoughtful and heartfelt dialogue.  The setting of New Years Eve at the ancient stone site where Petter goes to celebrate his new direc
Amy Dufera
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
4.5 Stars

Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday is a cute romance by Nell Iris. It's short, quick, and full of emotion.

Isak and Petter's meeting is definitely a cute one. But the sweetness is the way they immediately hit it off with one another. Both men face pressures and both don't want to cave to those expectations.

As usual with Nell's books, I am left in awe at how well Nell develops this short story. The characters are fully developed, the setting is fully established, and the feelings jump
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog
Such as sweet story!

Nell Iris has been my go-to MM author for short stories and short novellas for quite a while now and this book didn’t change that. It’s a sweet and tender story (no sex) about two men who meet in a kind of unusual way. The blurb describes it much better than I can so take a look at it.

Nell’s description of the setting and Isak’s home allowed me to visualize the place and made me want to visit there, even with snow. (I don’t like the cold. 😊)

The book gave me all kinds of feels
Friends, pick this one up because you'll treat yourselves with a fun and sweet holiday themed story. It's wonderfully atmospheric and you'll find yourselves transported to the freezing shores of Sweden, almost breathing the same cold air as the protagonists.

Even if it has a short page count, Nell Iris managed to make it feel like a fully fleshed out storyline, in a way that helped me really know Peter and Isak, with their pasts, present and hopes for their future. I felt the magic of their firs
Sarita Chapdelaine
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a sweet and delightful holiday story with amazing characters and a great storyline. I really enjoyed it but I wish that it was longer as I would love to spend more time with Petter and Isak as their relationship develops. They are perfect for each other, I love how they meet and that they have both learned to rely on themselves and that living for other people will not allow them to be happy. The changes they make in their lives in spite of the pressure from their families is inspiring. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can be as much of a cynic as anyone else, but I do love a bit of insta-love. Yes, it’s unrealistic if handled clumsily. And yes, it just doesn’t happen for many ordinary folk, but sometimes a bit of wish-fulfilment, some sparkle and a slice of feel-good fiction is just what is needed.

This is one of those times.

Okay, so I have to admit the title is a little off-putting. It makes sense, but is clunky for such a lovely, light, deliciously romantic book. But ignore that bit, because the story itse
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Petter and Isak are complete strangers when they meet, but there's an instant connection when Isak, curious because he watched Petter pass by his house and yet, hadn't come back down in the middle of winter. Isak's a sweetheart for watching out for Petter in the first place, but as they get to know each other, he's the salve that Petter, who felt something was missing. A sweet short story and a celebration of possibilities for the new year! ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by Gay Book Promotions*

This novella was sweet and heart-warming, just the perfect little thing for the holiday season.
Even with such a short number of pages, the characters are well developed and fleshed out. The scenery is so alive that it almost becomes another character, which works perfectly in order to make the story all the richer.
I'm so glad I read this one!
Janet Hunt
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful holiday romance, sweet and steamy! Peter and Isak are strangers when they meet but have chemistry and an instant connection. It was well written, although it’s a novella the story line was fleshed out perfectly. Loved Peter and Isak! I’m voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.
Lillian Francis
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filed, holiday-xmas
Very sweet new years romance. Focuses primarily on the meet cute and the following 12 hours, but with a lovely epilogue.
No angst. Low heat.
Deanna Murphy
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a short, insta-lust/love story. Nice for those who are interested in a cute, quick read. Both MC's are likeable, and I tend to be a sucker for men with tattoos, and man buns, so I really enjoyed that one of the MC's had both. ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is such a sweet read. loved the characters and how they met. It’s short but didn’t lack story. I love this author, her books always leave me smiling.
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