Book Reviews

A Day Makes by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-April-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

Sometimes I find it almost unbelievable how some authors can take a seemingly simple plot and create characters that I fall in love with within minutes, and stories I will reread for years. Ceaton and 'A Day Makes' had me on the edge of my seat, or in this case, the edge of my hotel bed, from the first page. Mary Calmes grabbed me, sucked me in, spun me around, and spit me back out with an emotional hangover that lasted for days.

Ceaton hasn't got a clue, not even an inkling, of what an incredible man he is. His boss, Grigor, saw it immediately and offered him a job. In five years Ceaton and his guys, Marko, Luka, and Pravi, have formed their own family, while handling all the parts of the business that Grigor wants to stay away from so he can't be caught by any of the alphabet agencies who would be interested in a Serbian mobster. Unfortunately for Ceaton, Grigor begins to notice that more people are afraid of Ceaton than Grigor. Not a good position to be in when you work in an industry of big egos and short lifespans.

"It was odd going from Boston to this, and I wondered how quickly being in so small a place would drive me nuts. I was a nightlife guy; I liked fast, and if I was honest with myself, I knew why. If everything was a blur, I didn’t have to think or feel or anything, and I liked that just fine. If I concentrated on what I didn’t have—home, family, somebody permanent—it hurt."

In an instant, everything changes for Ceaton the moment he meets the eyes of Brinley (Brin), the illegitimate son of a federal judge on the take, whom Grigor has asked Ceaton to protect. Ceaton is, in his own words, the king of the one and done. Not even one-night stands. So, to have Brin throw him so completely off his game isn't just a shocker, it's a frightening and exhilarating feeling. But oh so dangerous, when Ceaton is there to protect Brin. Brin is absolutely perfect for Ceaton. He's smart, witty, refreshingly honest, aware of the danger around him, but so focused on Ceaton that Ceaton doesn't understand why. Remember I said Ceaton has no idea of his own worth?

"There had been good days and there had been soul-sucking bad ones, but never one that was all those things rolled up together. It had started out so normally, so nondescript in every way, and yet now I was inextricably changed. Forever."

I could not have seen the outcome of this story even if I had been sitting on the author's shoulder while she wrote. As a devoted Mary Calmes fan, it's no surprise that I loved this book. She took what could have been a ho-hum plot and exploded it into these amazing men, a fascinating look at the dark side, and a true soul mate merge. I can only hope that perhaps she'll write another in this world as I think at least one of these other men deserve to be heard.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/60686 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-April-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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