Title: Late In The Day (The Vault #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Second from The Vault
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.
Note: I would not consider Late in the Day a standalone. It is the second installment in The Vault series, and the first book, A Day Makes, should definitely be read first.
A Day Makes had a formula that continues here where the story focuses much more around the team and background of the main character rather than focusing mainly on any romance.
Like in A Day Makes, there is some romance, but it is mostly late in the story and somewhat secondary to the rest of the plot.
And it was then, right then, that I knew there could never be anyone else, not ever. My heart would stop with him.
Remember folks: this is shelved as a Contemporary novel, not a Contemporary Romance, which is not to say there aren’t sexy times and romance…there are definitely sexy times and romance, but they are not the main focus.
And in that moment, I understood that whatever equal footing I thought I had with him was a delusion. Because when you wanted to be with someone, when another person had all your attention, that took you out at the knees and left you floundering.
I personally think it works brilliantly.
Late in the Day focuses on the single, first person, POV of Darius Hawthorne, also known as Terrence Moss (Parting Shot), Conrad Harris (Mine), and Gold Team Leader (A Day Makes), and follows the events leading up to how he’s been chosen, who and how he’s set up as his team, and the life he’s putting together now.
Of course, he doesn’t factor in or anticipate the lost love of his life showing up in front of him.
He was the only one I couldn’t see objectively, I never could. My feelings for him did more than cloud my judgment; they completely obscured everything else around me and particularly, my logic.
Told in Calmes’ signature flashback/memory style, where a character introduces past events while spacing out of an ongoing conversation, we do get some background on Darius, and his ex-lover, Efrem and their relationship before circumstances tore them apart.
I was over the moon with the way Mary Calmes tied off so many loose ends from her other novels and series here.
I was thrilled with the few characters from other stories who show up, especially one of my favorite Calmes characters, Trevan Bean, so hopefully other fans of Calmes work will get pleasure from those that show on page and in mention as well.
I thought the story was well conceived, fast paced, low angst, with great characters, some nice heat, and a great HFN.
This series is shaping up really well, and I can’t wait for more!
If you haven’t read Mary Calmes’ work before, then I would recommend reading Mine, Acrobat, Parting Shot, All Kinds of Tied Down, Fit to be Tied, and (or at the very least) A Day Makes before this one.