REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: A Day Makes
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.
But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.
Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.
This is classic Mary Calmes and her fans are going to love it! I loved it! It reminded me very much of Jin and Rayne from a Change of Heart in that from the first look it was instalove and their relationship was consuming – literally it consumed both men. Over the top, full of intense descriptions and both men’s voices ‘rasping’ as only Mary can write this is Ceaton and Brin’s story and it was fun and addictive.
The first half of the book introduces us to the dangerous world that Ceaton is involved in, explains how it came to be that a Marine became a mob enforcer and introduces us to a great cast of secondary characters – something else that Mary always does so well. Oddly, Ceaton’s job, although unsavoury, doesn’t seem as bad as it could because Ceaton has a fairness about him and the power he wields within the organisation hasn’t gone to his head. If there is such a thing as a kind mob enforcer then Ceaton is surely that.
The second half of the book is almost one day but it’s the day that everything changes for Ceaton and those he is especially close to. His entire world goes down the drain at almost the same time he first sets eyes on Brin – a man with a story, a shared history and a determination to make Ceaton his. There is a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming but worked perfectly. The story feels unfinished and I have my fingers crossed that this might be the first book in a new series. I really hope we get to see more of Marko, Luka and Pravi and see how the links to the past work out for all these men.