Title: Late In The Day (The Vault #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 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’m a huge Mary fan, but I wasn’t too happy with this book. Yes, it was engaging, yes, I was curious to see what would happen to Darius/Conrad/Terence. But I was mostly disappointed in the romance, because there was so little of it.
I wasn’t too fond of the info dump in the first 30%, and all the details about Darius becoming the vault and what that entailed. It was way too detailed and I was going, yes yes yes blahblahblah, just get on with the rest of the story.
I did like Darius’ bond with Trevan and how much Trevan was present in the story. If you haven’t read Mine or A Day Makes, don’t read this book. I think it’s very important to read those first before starting this or you miss out on a good deal of the background story.
I also loved how everything came together. I just reread Acrobat and Tied Up in Knots and was thrilled to read more about ‘the missing gun’ here.
But the romance, guys….. It just wasn’t there! I really loved Efram and the way Darius and Efrem were together is exactly what Mary writes best. But unfortunately the romance starts at 75% and was mostly based on the past instead of the present. And I just wanted more.
I hope Mary will write more romance in the next book, because I crave it. Nothing can beat a good Mary romance.