A Day Makes (Renee’s review)

Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Length: 200
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  2 flames out of 5
Rating:  4.5 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.


A mob enforcer with a heart of gold? Before you snort, there is something inherently romantic that can come from a story with this premise. Few could pull this off. Mary is one of them.

The set up for A Day Makes is that in one, single, day, Ceaton Mercer’s life is changed forever. He meets the love of his life. But that’s not all.

The entire book doesn’t take place in said day. There is a lot of development of Ceaton’s character. We first span years of his life. How he came from unwanted child to Marine to mob enforcer. The man is loyal to a fault, and he has developed a brotherhood with three other enforcers among him. Pravi, Luka, and Marko were so fun to take the ride with. I enjoyed seeing these four men banter and the depth of their friendship. They would kill for each other. They would die for each other.

Grigor, the mob boss, has a new assignment for Ceaton on this particular day in question. Ceaton has to protect the son of one his associates. Once Ceaton lays eyes on Brinley, everything changes. Let me say that it would be easy to roll my eyes at this. Falling in love in one day? I would scoff like the rest of you. But I have to give major props to Mary for this one. Neither uses the word right away. They just know and acknowledge the instant connection. And it really does flow organically throughout the day. We see them talk, learn about each other, and banter A LOT. So much so that, even though my brain wants to say, “no way, no how,” it felt smooth to me. They talked and went around town so much, I didn’t get as much sexy times as I would’ve wanted! But that just added to the “insta” believability, in all honesty.

The rest of their day is filled with action, as only Calmes can do, and Brin and Ceaton are left with some choices. I can’t give anything else away without spoiling, but I will tease you and say that the SURPRISE near the end had my bouncing in my seat like a toddler!!! OMG, I just can’t. Smiles, smiles, smiles all around!!

One of my favorites from her in a while. Calmes fans will love the hell out of this!

What do we think of when there’s guns, peacoats, and eyebrow waggles? Calmes crack of course.

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


I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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