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One night, in Vegas, I gave him my heart. One day later, he broke it.

Look, I’ve never claimed to be a nice guy. I don’t do pretty words, I don’t give polite smiles, and I refuse to be sucked into the sappy bucket of sentimentality that is Christmas in small-town O’Leary. Smiling neighbors, overly decorated trees, a town parade, a Santa contest? Ho ho no. I do shifts as a firefighter, and I go home alone.

I fell into the trap once - that stupid night in Vegas - of believing there was more out there for me. I took a chance on a guy with magical green eyes and a gorgeous smile. The next day, Liam McKnight was gone. He took my heart with him, and left his wedding ring behind.

Except, now, my once-upon-a-time husband has reappeared with a kid in tow, and there are carols, lights, and cookies everywhere I turn. And worst of all, the spark between us burns brighter than ever because whatever happened in Vegas definitely didn’t stay there. 

Liam came to town looking for an ending, but what’s building between us feels an awful lot like a beginning. Too bad it’s going to take more than a dozen interfering O’Learians to convince me to take a second chance on heartache, on love...and on us.

Please note: While The Night is very much Liam and Gideon's story, characters from past books do make an appearance, and you'll enjoy the book exponentially more if this isn't your first trip to O'Leary.

©2019 May Archer (P)2019 May Archer

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This book is about a little girl

Let me preface this review by saying that I have listened to all of the Love in O'Leary books. I've enjoyed them all even through their sappy tropes of MM romance written by women (monogamy only, shockingly cute, perfect town, etc).
This book is not well done. It's a little under seven hours long but more than three quarters of it is NOT about the romance bubbling up/being dealt with between these two main characters. Instead, we get a book about how they handle his young daughter.
This book is not made with the male reader in mind. It goes beyond simple "moveries" (a phrase the author uses more than once in this book to describe the attraction these two men have for each other) to this being simply a parenting book, and a bad one at that.

I will continue reading this series as they come out, but this story was simply not for me, if you're also someone who can't stand annoyingly perfect/adorable children in your romance novels I suggest you skip this one.

Michael Pauley reads this the way he does all his novels. He has good pacing and shows a wide spectrum of emotions, but after you've listened to a dozen or so of his narrations you realize he doesn't have that many voices to call upon.

I worry that a lot of the five star reviews are payed plants.

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4 hits and 1 miss...

I love the O'Leary series, except for some of the graphic scenes, it reminds me of audio hallmark movies... something I would love to see. This one in particular had potential to be a great Christmas chapter in the O'Leary saga, but it was a miss for me. The performance was outstanding as usual, but again, as others have said, the author has to know their audience and introducing kids into this type of story is cringe for a couple of reasons. Although it is suppose to humanize and move the plot along.. there were scenes in there (tea party for one) that were way uncomfortable and awkward. the other mood breaker are the voices, child voices are hard to narrate, I have yet to listen to a performer who can do it successfully... and in this case, the child had way too much focus for the story, and also did not talk like a child. Overall, the good parts still make this one worth the listen. But I really hope future stories will be mindful of who is actually interested in these stories and adapt to that.

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A Hallmark worthy Holiday Romance!✨

This was an amazing addition to the series.
It is the fifth book in the Love in O'Leary series and I recommend listening to this in the series order for maximum enjoyment since characters from previous book make a special appearance as well.

This was a sweet, second chance, soulful Christmas romance.

The romance was Hallmarkish perfect!
I loved Gideon in the previous books and was excited when he got his own story.

Overall a cute magical Holiday romance with fun, cheer and heart.

Michael Pauley's narration and audio was so soothing and brilliant.

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Think Hallmark original with a R rating

“The Night” is a adorable delight! If you’re looking for a low angst, but just enough to wet your appetite; happily ever after this is the romcom for you. Firstly, the townsfolk sold me on this book! I mean who doesn’t love a town full of screamers just trying to help a friend find love. They are a genuinely hilarious bunch, and the main characters were both interesting enough that I was invested in them. The voice acting is varied enough to distinguish everyone. I loved it

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In my top 10 favorite books of all time

This book was absolutely amazing. Something totally unexpected. I like May Archer's work and with this one, she outdid herself.

You simply must read this book. For me, chapter 8 was therapy. When you read/listen to this, you will understand what I'm talking about.

I have nothing further to say except this is now one of my favorite books of all time and I highly recommend it to anyone. It might even make you evaluate your life through a different lens. I know it did for me.

Do yourself a favor and get this one. You won't regret it.

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Excellent second chance Christmas romance!

I really liked Gideon in the previous stories. I was excited when he got his own story. The laugh out loud humor and touch of Christmas magic in this story has made it one of my favorite holiday romances.

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Solid 4 stars!

I've really enjoyed this series, including this installment. This by far had me laughing the most of all the books in the series. Very charming. I know some reviews mentioned they didn't like how big of a role the kid had in the book, and many didn't like the voice for her in the audiobook. I disagree with both. She was great, such a personality. I think she added to the story and elevated it. And I think Michael did a great job with her voice in the audiobook.

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One of the Best in the Series.

It took me a while to warm up to Michael Pauley as a narrator, but damn he did a good job on this one. Overall the O'leary books tend to be light in depth, but this one nearly brought me to tears a few times. Definitely some of the author's best work. May Archer does a great job with characters, while still giving the story the camp and humor of a hallmark special. She has a gift for ambiguous and well meaning antagonists which lends a complexity that elevates her above the standard of the genre.

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Miracle in O’Leary town


Perfect holiday romances do exist! Cozy, warm, fun and endearing! Who wouldn’t love another love story from the cozy O’Leary.

So apparently what happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Gideon the Grinch’s heart was broken five years ago and he has practically given up on the idea of finding love and making a home. Once he was bewitched by a magical green eyes elf in the land of fantasy. But the past has a habit of catching up with the present. And when his elf came knocking on his door with a rather adorable and precious bundle, Will our Grinch still be a grinch?

Fun, heartwarming and so sweet. This has a bit of everything in it. A grumpy MC who’s secretly a softie and charming Liam who can make our grinch smiles. Just the right amount of pining and sweet romance and O’Learians meddling is just too fun and hilarious. Overall, an audio that will make you smile and feel cozy. Loved it.


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Story - 4.25 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Narration - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Performance - 4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Overall - 4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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This series keeps getting better.

I love this series. Michael Dean did an amazing job as always. You get to see past couples and once again how they all come together to help Liam and Gideon find their way back to each other. Great read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-24-20

Christmas in O'Leary

One of the best O'Leary stories! Pure Christmassy fluff - loved it so much.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 05-25-20

OMG! 😮🥰🥰😢😂😁

Just when I think MA has outdone herself in book 4, that anything else would be on the same par, she writes this book and blows me away again! 😮🥰🥰

All I can say is, I absolutely loved this audiobook - it has everything I look for in a MM romance. Every facet is ‘just right’ - nothing is overdone or too overwhelming.

I’m not one for writing reviews and putting in spoilers, because as the word ‘spoilers’ insinuates, it will spoil the potential readers experience.

All I can say is how I loved this audiobook and I certainly do not feel anyone would be let down by either reading/listening to the audiobook (like me).
I really don’t think reading this book would do it justice, whereas Michael Pauley excellently narrates this audiobook and you certainly won’t be disappointed 😊

Definitely worth the 5🌟 I rated 🥰🥰😁

Hopefully there will be more stories from O’Leary yet to come in audiobook format (not novellas, as they are not released in audiobook format)

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  • Tanya
  • 01-12-20

PERFECT!!

After reading this book I wanted it right away in audio and with Michael narrating it. I was so not disappointed and the sass was PERFECT!

I am not one for reading or listening a 2nd time but this may the book that does that for me.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 01-09-20

Married or not to be Married?

I really am enjoying this Love in O'Leary series by May Archer and this was a wonderful Christmas tale of romance and second chances. Michael Pauley/Michael Dean does a wonderful job with bringing all these fun, quirky characters to life and there's an adorable minx of a little girl thrown into the midst with her wish list for Santa...doesn't want much... a cat...a big house...a baby brother or sister...and to be a princess... yeah! Santa's got his work cut out for him with grumpy Gideon the town Fire Chief who's been mourning his lost love for five years! Liam had his reasons for his disappearing act, but maybe things are lining up better this time around. Highly recommended for all lovers of Contemporary MM romance with a second chance at making their marriage work.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 01-07-20

The best one yet!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
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The best one yet!

I haven’t read all the O’Leary stories but I do love the small town, an extra friendly atmosphere especially present in this story!

A great second-chance/love-at-first-sight story, with a whole lot of zing! May’s writing 8is witty, charismatic and [passionate. This flows through all the characters. I lover the small town vibes and small town matchmaking! This story follows grumpy Gideon and sweet single parent Liam as they are reunited after 5 years and realize what they had was more than they ever thought it could be and that there is more to their connection than the initial sparks. Add in an endearing 7-year-old with a Santa obsession and you have the perfect Christmas miracle story. I really enjoyed this one and think its the best story from O’Leary yet. Now I just need to go back and learn about all the other colorful characters!

Michael’s narration is exceptional as always, with only a minor dialect issue where he voices Liam as Gideon and Gideon as Liam which was a little funny and something I’m sure no one else would notice.

Highly recommend lovable, second-chance story!

Thanks for reading!

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  • choccygrl
  • 01-06-20

Christmas in a small town

This had it all for a perfect Christmas read. Snow, a charming small town vibe, Santas, interfering, sorry that should read, kindly friends and neighbours. There's pining and a cute little girl and one of my favourite things:a grumpy MC!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 01-06-20

Loved it

This was a great addition to this series.
I really enjoyed it.
I can’t wait to listen to more of this series.

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  • alias11
  • 01-05-20

My Favorite O'Leary

This is absolutely my favorite story in the O'Leary series. Pretty minimal angst in my opinion. although past deaths are mentioned and a wannabee boyfriend does add a little drama. Hazel was so sweet and funny in her dogged belief in Santa and the way she wore Gideon down to Christmas decorations and then even a tree. And those O'Learans! The people of O'Leary are surely the most annoying, well-meaning, sweetest, and hilarious folks around. This is a great tale full of love and holiday spirit...and lots of Santas. I loved the ending! Is seeing believing or is believing seeing? Either way, I will listen to this one again and again.

Michael Pauley is one of my favorite narrators and he really excelled with voicing Gideon, Liam, Hazel, and all the O'Leary citizens.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 01-05-20

5+++ Boom! Movaries! Stars!

5+++ Boom! Movaries! Stars!

I've only listened to one other book in this series (The Fire), and I had no trouble listening to this one now that I have a better understanding of how this magical town works. 

I loved Gideon since I met him in the previous book, yes, he was grumpy but also a big softy where Liam and Hazel were concerned. I wasn't too sure about Liam at first, but once his reasons came to light, I just couldn't not love him. He was such a great father for Hazel, too, and the chemistry between him and Gideon was out of this world. 

I absolutely love the sense of community in this book and the lengths they all went to ensure that Gideon and Liam would get their second chance at love. They're all insane, but I'd love to live in a place like that for sure. 

Michael Pauley is already one of my favorite narrators, but this book? Wow, just wow! All the voices and the comedic timing were just fantastic. 

Movaries, fa-la-la-ing, a very tight-knit community, a second chance romance for the ages (and this is coming from someone for whom second chance romances aren't that high on their favorites' list), a very precocious and adorable little girl, some Christmas magic, Michael Pauley's fabulous narration and a whole lot of fun, made this just the perfect audiobook and not just for Christmas! 

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  • Heather Rawlins
  • 01-04-20

I really loved this book

I thought the story, married in Vegas that was kind of sorta not forgotten was cute. I love second chances and that's how it felt to me. I thought Hazel was an adorable, precocious little girl. I thought it was a sexy, well-paced story and I really enjoyed the narrator's voice and tone. He was easy to listen to and I enjoyed this audio book and would recommend it.