Title: Late In The Day (The Vault #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.
I am the first to grab at any new Mary Calmes release. I am a quite adoring fan. And I was looking forward to Conrad’s book (or Terrence, or Daruis) for a long time.
And while I was thoroughly entertained and engulfed in the Calmes-ness of his story, I found the romance to be pretty lackluster.
I imagine that there needed to be a LOT of background told about Darius Hawthorne. Why was he Conrad Harris? Why was he Terrence Moss? Why did he become The Vault? I knew it would take up some page time.
And I got swept away. No doubt about it. I still don’t completely understand the role of The Vault, but I couldn’t care less. It was still a wild ride.
Kudos to Mary for her cameos and others mentioned. Darius has been in many previous books. So, of course, those characters made an appearance or had a mention in HIS book. It was awesome! There may even have been a drop in that I wasn’t expecting 😉
But still, the romance didn’t kick off until about 75%. Blinks. Blinks again. Yep – that’s right folks. We didn’t get to start looking at a relationship between the MCs until that mark. Mama not happy.
Overall, Calmes lovers will enjoy the hell out of this. It had all the trademarks of a yummy, gooey, wild Calmes ride.
But if you’ve never dipped your finger in the Calmes crack before, this is not your book. Recommended to read, at minimum, Book 1 in the series.