Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: A Day Makes
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
NARRATOR: Greg Tremblay
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6 hours, 33 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 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.
Based on the blurb I was not sure how this story was going to be set up. Was this going to be a redemption instant love story? Was this going to be action packed, running from the mob, falling in love on the run? I wasn’t sure. And even as I listened to this one, it took me a bit to really get a grasp of the structure. However, when everything came together, I found that this story was well crafted and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy.
Be warned that this is not your typical romance. In fact, the majority of the story is simply about Ceaton and his life. There was a lot of time spent on setting up Ceaton as a person and his time as a mob enforcer. But it was time well spent because for this story to truly work, I needed to know everything about Ceaton and I needed to connect fully to him and his situation. The author presented a good man in a bad life. Even throughout all the beating and killing, I never once questioned Ceaton’s goodness and I longed to see him find a happy ending. Yes this man was a killer and did so without remorse, but the author gave me this man who just reached beyond my aversion to murder and captured my heart.
I did struggle a little bit with the romance. It was super rushed and I am still not sure I am convinced it is not simply a case of hero worship. But I still loved that Ceaton found someone who can uplift him and support him in life. I also loved the way the romance made me feel. It may have been fast and unbelievable from a motivation standpoint, but the attraction and the pull between the men was tangible and cute and tense yet adorable. Even in the midst of all the fighting and bullets, this romance had that comfortable feel that left me utterly besotted.
My favorite part of this story however was Ceaton’s bond with his mob mates. Their ties were those of love and loyalty and it was fantastic to see that kind of connection. Even when tested, these men showed that the family we choose is so often stronger than the one we are born into.
I really enjoyed this story. I recommend it to all Mary Calmes fans for sure and even those who aren’t , well maybe give her another try.
Another great narration by Greg Tremblay. He really knows how to bring these types of characters to life. His accents were great and he emphasized personalities and emotions. This performance brought this story to another level for me and I am glad I spent my time on it. Pick this one up for sure if you are a fan of this narrator. You will not be disappointed.