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One Night in December (David & Andrew #1)

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David Bennett was a widower. He had had a wonderful relationship with his wife. But she was gone. He decided he was done with relationships. He had no sex drive and no interest in life in general.

Andy Barnes was a homeless man who often stood at the end of an exit ramp begging for help. For some unfathomable reason, David was tempted to pick him up every time he went past
ebook, 1st Edition, 158 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Excessica (first published July 26th 2010)
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I had some definite issues with this one. The first and most important problem was with David, one of the MCs. It took me a loooong time to 'warm up' to this character for the fact that he confesses in the first few pages to long term cheating on his wife. He had been honest with her at the beginning of their marriage, telling her that he was gay but then proceeded to f**k around with numerous men for the next 30 years! Huh? Now I don't have a problem with an open relationship/marriage, I really ...more
Elisa Rolle
I like the little bit of personal life details Terry O’Reilly sometime introduces in the stories: in this case it’s a news on the paper about an homeless man who died for exposure in a particularly cold winter; what could have been if someone had stopped and offered him help? That is what David does for Andrew.

David is a more or less 50 years old widower living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had a plenty a satisfying life as a married man and father of 4 kids; satisfying above all since his wife kn
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Widower David (view spoiler)
is still having trouble getting over the death of his wife of over 30 years.
He had been noticing a homeless man on his way home, one evening with the weather turning to cold, snowy and freezing , he decides to bring him home.
From there starts a love story, possibly overly optimistic and unrealistic (view spoiler)
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
I've read a few Terry O'Reilly books and find them often to be quite sweet reads but with stories which don't shy away from the harsher realities of life. That was certainly the case with this book. It begins with widowed school PE teacher, David, who has been in a bit of a funk since his wife died. He loved her dearly and had a good life with her, enjoying many aspects of being a family man but he is also gay and had a number of 'friends with benefits' outside his marriage. Now he's not interes ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novel. I am so glad that I got a chance to read it. This book is a reminder to us readers to open our hearts to the hungry and homeless. They may be drug addicts or alcoholics, but they are still people and they are deserving of help. The characters in the story are wonderfully developed. The main characters David and Andy are realistic and imperfect people. David is an older gentleman from Michigan with a tendency to curse and lose his temper when he gets frustrated. This must ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, mm, contemporary
While there is a bit of insta-love here, this story is very heartfelt. I liked the trajectory of the story and the way that David and Andy are together. Andy is so sad, but he's not broken beyond repair. Even though John has been with men over the years, this is the first man he's been with where he has actually developed feelings beyond lust and sexual need. He is very protective of Andy. It's a bit like the perfect storm - literally - when he helps Andy.

While it might seem that it is unusual
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and although I'm not gay, nor a man, I did enjoy the basic premise of this book.

The book starts off dedicated to a homeless man that passed away that the author wished he could've been brave enough, like the main character in his story, to help. This made me teary to begin with and set a good tone for the book.

Although the writing wasn't the best I've seen, I did enjoy the actual story. I wasn't the most pleased with David, the widower who ends up saving
Stacey Jo
I've become a fan of Terry O'Reilly's novels but this was my least favorite of them so far. It's not to say I didn't like it, just that it's not at the top of my list. David, a widowed, 50-something, school teacher with grown children and grandchildren, becomes infatuated with a homeless man under a bridge and one night, saves him from people robbing him. The homeless man turns out to be Andy, who is somewhere in his 30's. He brings him home and cleans him up. David immediately knows he's in lov ...more
Cathy Brockman
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
David is a widower with a secret. He has always has the need for mansex but when his wife died that seemed to have died also. He has found himself however intrigued by a homeless man at the exit he passes daily. One icy night in December he drives by seeing the object of his fantasies being mugged. He stops and without thinking gets him in his car and takes him home. Both his and Andrews life changes from that moment on.
This story was amazing! I found it beautifully written and such a poignant s
Nerine Petros
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Okay...before you read anymore, I did like this story, I just found it hard to sink into the characters in this story. As with most of Terry's writing, there was heaps of meat in the plotline and just when you think things might be smooth sailing, life comes up and bites once more. Action packed in a realistic sense, the only thing I had trouble with was the serendipity of how things fell into place, but then again, life can be like that. David's life, a high school teacher and widow with three ...more
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All
I always enjoy reading Mr. O'Reilly's books and One Night in December is no exception. The story centers around a some-what-older teacher and the homeless man he rescues and falls in love with. There is a sizable age difference between the two men and I was glad to see that that issue didn't become the focus of the story. Mr. O'Reilly's writing is clean and to the point. The personalities of the two main characters are developed and seen through their interaction with their environment, and not ...more
Elizabeth H.
A good-hearted, easy read. My main complaint is how the author virtually ignores the very real, likely problems of a homeless, alcoholic man rescued by the protagonist. Instead those problems are pretty much glossed over, and recovery comes across as pretty easy. Considering that many homeless people also have some mental/psychological/emotional problems, this seems like the easy way out. At the very least, I'd want to explore why Andy couldn't even remember how he got to his post, begging at th ...more
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another Christmas romance. Widow David Bennett passes a homeless man everyday at a highway exit. He thinks about stopping but never does, until one night he sees the man being mugged and he meets Andy Barnes. This story follows their life for the next 3 years.

The story is sweet even if it goes on a little past what seems to be the story. About halfway through the story reaches a nice ending and then it continues and seems more like a teaching lesson. Take a chance, don't stop living, everyday i
Jess Candela
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2010
Insta-love. Made no sense to me why he'd be introducing a partner of a week to his whole family, especially knowing they might not all take it well. And time got confusing - they'd been together 2 years at one point, but it was only their 2nd xmas (and they met right before the 1st one). Not terribly well written, either.
Dec 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: m-m, e-book
The blurb makes it seem like a combination of Faith Fidelity and The Gentleman and the Rogue. Never a bad thing...
Edina Rose
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of A Note in the Margin but it is much lighter and it is a short story.
Richárd Delacasse
-1 star

WTF!?! Really? On the second night with a homeless man without condom or lube? WTF?!!
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Shelves: christmas
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A coulda, shoulda, woulda story. Love the note the author added in the end.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
didn't bother to finish it .........
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Since retiring, Terry spends his time writing, working with animal rescue groups, walking his three dogs, pumping iron while listening to Harry Potter audio books and riding/showing his champion Quarter Horse.

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