Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Day Makes
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Ceaton & Brinley
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
I don’t really know how to write this review because I’m pretty biased when it comes to Mary Calmes books. So the fact I enjoyed this book is no surprise but I just don’t know how to describe it. I liked that this book spanned a few years and showed how Ceaton got to the position that he was in. He became the right-hand man of a mobster but gained too much attention and loyalty. I loved how he interacted with everyone but also with his ‘boys’. I just adored their scenes together. When Brinley came into it, things changed a bit and I found the change intriguing. Ceaton was still Ceaton but he was more…. fierce and I LOVED it. I’m a total sucker for insta-love so when Ceaton and Brinley had that frozen moment, I was super giddy about it. Brinley is still a bit of a mystery but I liked that he was so sure of himself.
I absolutely loved this book but my biggest issue is that Brinley didn’t come into the picture until 40% and then things just went so fast I didn’t feel like they really knew each other. Don’t get me wrong, I adored them together but felt like there could have been more depth to their relationship and to Brinley in general as a character. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved that this book spanned years but when Brinley and Ceaton got together, it was only a few days at most and that’s just not enough time.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this book. It was the type of book that once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and I loved the setting. It was interesting to see how Ceaton was so loved and how much loyalty others had toward him. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them because I really want Ceaton’s friends to have stories as well!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*