A Day Makes (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 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.

Reading “A Day Makes” requires a huge suspension of disbelief, but once you take a deep breath, push yourself away from safety and begin that long walk across the unknown, you become totally hooked on this story.

The entire story is told from Ceaton Mercer’s POV so we the reader know just as much as Ceaton does about if that bullet is coming or not. We know Ceaton is loyal to a fault, honest with himself and knows the importance of family, whether it’s family by blood or bond. He’s trying to make the best with what he’s been dealt and trying to do it with a clear conscience.

We get to know Ceaton’s compatriots Pravi, Marko and Luka as well as their boss Grigor in the first half of the book, which encompasses roughly a three-year period plus some flashbacks here and there. The last part of the story takes place in one day – that single, solitary day that makes all the difference in Ceaton’s life. He finds the love of his life, or rather his love finds, bewitches, devours and lays claim to him:

Everything always happened on my terms. I was too big, too lethal for it to be any other way.
Until now.
Until this.
Until him.

There’s an incredible amount of shock and awe that happens before Ceaton gets his HEA (and we finally get a sex scene full of shock and goddamn awe at the end of the book that’s well worth the wait) and I hope that this is the first in a series, because I would love to read more about these characters (pleaseletthenextbookbeaboutPravipleaseletthenextbookbeaboutPravi)!

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


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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