A Day Makes (Belen’s Review)

Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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.

Now, it’s true that I’m a Calmesaniac. I make no bones that Mary Calmes writes the kind of crack I’m addicted to.

But this story? Holy. Shit. What a fantastic freaking ride you guys! Seriously, that was like the best roller coaster, and when you get off you immediately want to ride it again.

Mary Calmes always manages to take a first person single POV and make it so dynamic and enthralling that I cannot help but love it.

Our POV this time is solely from Ceaton Mercer, a mob enforcer with a conscience. Think that’s an oxymoron? Nope. Mary Calmes pulls it off in a way it not only makes sense, but as the reader I was absolutely on board with Ceaton’s decisions. I love how Ceaton’s doing his best to be as ethical as possible in situations that don’t normally find themselves to be on anyone’s moral compass. Ceaton is making the best out of some truly hard situations.

The first half of the story sets up Ceaton and his friends, Pravi, Luka, and Marko, while the second half focuses on a single day in the life in where Ceaton meets his future, in more ways than one, learns some truth about his past and the lives he’s saved and changed forever. And folks? Get ready for some ties to the past.

Now, this is sort of a slow burn. Though there’s some romance (and sexy times) it doesn’t come until later in the story, but it’s definitely worth the wait. I absolutely loved Ceaton and Brin! I loved the banter, the action, the suspense, the Easter eggs…I loved it all!

All I can say without spoiling this was that I thought this was fantastic and sets up a possible series brilliantly. I really hope to get a better look at the Vault and get to spend more time with the guys in the future.

I love that Calmes can write a fantastic, mesmerizing series like the Marshals series that focuses on law enforcers, but can switch it up and write a story (and hopefully series – no seriously, please let this become a series!!) from the “bad” guy’s perspective that is just as riveting and absorbing.

If you love bad guys with a heart of gold, some action, a bit of romance, and definitely some great storytelling I highly recommend you pick this up.

I cannot wait for the audio! I need this on audio!

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Galley copy of A Day Makes provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future