Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Release Day Review ~ A Day Makes by Mary Calmes (Giveaway)

Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 200

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.

4 Stars! 

In one day Ceaton Mercer's life is changed forever.

Ex-Marine turned mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer defines the meaning of loyal. His dedication to his boss Grigor and the three other enforcers he's become like family with makes this man the kind of person you want at your back no matter what.

Some of my favorite moments were when Ceaton was with Pravi, Luka, and Marko. From the first moment they meet to the end of the book, I enjoyed not only the great banter between them but also the deep bond of friendship these men had for one another. It was obvious that these men would give their lives for one another and at the end of the day, it wasn't their boss who they were most loyal to but each other.

Grigor, the mob boss, was the kind of man who I could not quite figure out. There were moments where I liked him and moments I was suspicious of him and his agenda. When he assigns Ceaton to protect the son of one his associates, I feared for how things were going to play out. Brinley, unfortunately, rubbed me the wrong way. I'm not sure why I don't care for him but I could not connect with him at all. I loved Ceaton but Brin had me feeling lukewarm most of the time.

There is the typical Mary Calmes action that I've come to expect. Moments in which I rolled my eyes and had to remember "Suspension of disbelief" but also moments I couldn't help but smile. The love comes about fairly quickly but the book moves at a pretty fast pace once Ceaton and Brinley meet. It's all in all a fun ride.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

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  9. Congrats and thanks for the post, and the good review. The book sounds great. Another new release, just out, that I'm also looking forward to reading is Insight by Santino Hassell. - Purple Reader,
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