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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.

©2017 Mary Calmes (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Belen
  • 21-06-17

5 Stars!

Any additional comments?

After I finished reading A Day Makes, I immediately thought, "I cannot wait for the audio! I need this on audio!"

Now that I've listened to it I can quite simply say: Greg Tremblay made this even better, and I didn't even think that was possible.

He does such fantastic character voices, especially the accents (of which there were MANY), which were all done brilliantly.

Now, it's true that I'm a Calmesaniac. I make no bones that Mary Calmes writes the kind of crack I'm addicted to.

But this story? What a fantastic ride you guys! Seriously, that was like the best roller coaster, and when you get off you immediately want to ride it again.

Mary Calmes always manages to take a first person single POV and make it so dynamic and enthralling that I cannot help but love it.

Our POV this time is solely from Ceaton Mercer, a mob enforcer with a conscience. Think that's an oxymoron? Nope. Mary Calmes pulls it off in a way it not only makes sense, but I was absolutely on board with Ceaton's decisions. I love how Ceaton's doing his best to be as ethical as possible in situations that don't normally find themselves to be on anyone's moral compass. Ceaton is making the best out of some truly hard situations.

The first half of the story sets up Ceaton and his friends, Pravi, Luka, and Marko, while the second half focuses on a single day in the life in where Ceaton meets his future, in more ways than one, learns some truth about his past and the lives he's saved and changed forever. And folks? Get ready for some ties to the past.

Now, this is sort of a slow burn. Though there's some romance (and sexy times) it doesn't come until later in the story, but it's definitely worth the wait. I absolutely loved Ceaton and Brin! I loved the banter, the action, the suspense, the Easter eggs...I loved it all!

All I can say without spoiling this was that I thought this was fantastic and sets up a possible series brilliantly. I really hope to get a better look at the Vault and get to spend more time with the guys in the future.

I love that Calmes can write a fantastic, mesmerizing series like the Marshals series that focuses on law enforcers, but can switch it up and write a story (and hopefully series - no seriously, please let this become a series!!) from the "bad" guy's perspective that is just as riveting and absorbing.

If you love bad guys with a heart of gold, some action, a bit of romance, definitely some great storytelling, and fantastic narration I highly recommend you pick this up.

100% Recommended!

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  • Heather
  • 07-09-17

Surprising, but it worked!!

Ridiculous, but I sort of loved it!

I'm the first to admit that I'm not typically a Mary Calmes fan. I have to be in the mood for a very particular kind of story, and I guess I was in the mood for that kind of story today because this one just worked for me.

It's Mary Calmes to the max, baby!!

Sure, the plot is... interesting. An "unapologetic mobster with the heart of gold"-kinda plot. I had NO idea where it was going or when we were FINALLY going to meet the love interest. The romance, when we get there after eons, was rushed to the point of incredulity. However, it all came together for me, somehow, in the end.

One big factor is that I love Greg Tremblay, and I thought he did an awesome job narrating this one. He really brought the characters to life, and I thought he elevated a 3.5 star story to a solid 4 stars. I loved all of his accents (no idea if they are realistic, though), and I loved his vocal differentiation between the characters.

Okay, just accept that this book is cracktastic and don't try to analyze it. You'll thank me later.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

Holy nonsense!

Wow. I mean, I'm willing to suspend belief for a good romance. And I loved the Fit to be Tied series my Mary Calmes. And Greg Tremblay is a great narrator. But this was just bad.

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  • Riva
  • 23-07-17

Brillant performance!! Amazing story.

Oh man, please tell me this is to become a series!! I loved this story. During the first half of the book I was a little confused because Ceaton and his "bros" are basically murderers working for the Serbian mob. Marko has done horrible and very violent things. How could anyone like these guys? But somehow, the author gets us to love them. There is a lot of character development of Ceaton and his crew and the love interest doesn't even appear until the second half of the story. But when he does, it is magical. We get the wonderful Mary Calmes banter that I grew to love in the A Matter of Time series. And, yes, Brin does remind me of Jory. But since I LOVE Jory, I'm definitely OK with that. I hope this is a series b/c I can see some additional story lines begging to be told. Greg Tremblay puts in an amazing performance, complete with Russian and Serbian accents. Just wonderful!

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  • Juan Carrillo
  • 28-09-17

The spy who loved him

When I 1st tread the outline for this story I though what an interesting idea, a gay hitman for better or worse and how him being gay becomes such a moot point, because seton is with out a doubt one of the best written and well rounded characters I have read about in awhile. He's sexy and deadly and silly and by the end loving and protective. The end of this story touched my hart because of the passion and sheer craziness of Brin's sheer ops session with seton, I'm hopping there will be a part 2 before long.

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  • SassiKassi
  • 16-08-17

Good but too short

I enjoyed this story, but it was just too short. The first half of the book was only about Ceaton. There was no mention of Brinley until the second half of the book and then it was insta-love, a shoot out, and the book was over.
So we get to know Ceaton well, but Brinley seems to mostly be skipped over.
Greg Tremblay totally saves this book. His narration is fantastic as always. He is the man of a thousand voices and accents.

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  • Erin McClanahan
  • 01-08-17

Best narrator ever

The book is fantastic and the narrator is the best male narrator I've ever heard. He ranks right along side Barbra Rosenblat and I can give no higher praise.

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  • Morgan Rae
  • 14-05-18

Good story; great narrator

First off: I LOVED this narrator. His voices were great and he was incredibly engaging. SPOILERS FOLLOW. As for the story, it felt like half a crime fiction, half romance. I enjoyed the first half and the side characters were great. I would’ve liked the love interest to be more entwined in the first half of the story to make it more cohesive (ex: if he’d been the man who’s sister was murdered). Other than that, fun story and I’d read this author again.

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  • denise
  • 02-05-18

great

l love this book and the other as well waiting for the other to come our

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  • Angela S Goodrich
  • 07-04-18

My voice-crush on Greg Tremblay is getting worse.

I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.

WHOA! That was an awesome audiobook experience. Granted, being as I’ve yet to be disappointed by Calmes’ writing and ad I’m quite enamored with Tremblay’s performances, I expected to enjoy A Day Makes. Buuuut, I didn’t simply enjoy the audiobook, I was sucked in to Ceaton’s story to the point that I lost sleep, unable to turn it off at a decent hour, and then pressing play as soon as I got to work so that I could finish it. I had to know how life as a mob enforcer worked out for Ceaton, if he found the sense of family he was looking for, and if he found someone to love and who would love him back – someone who could look past his job and see the good man inside.

Opening the story with Ceaton worried about whether or not he would soon die was one heck of a hook. Seriously. I just met this guy, know practically nothing about him, and I’m worried that he’s about to die – and for all I know, he might deserve to die. But much like Ceaton’s curiosity was piqued by Pravi and Marko, mine was too and I found myself hopping into the car with Ceaton, eager and fearful as to how it would play out. Fortunately for Ceaton, that day turned out to be another pivotal day in his life and he quickly rose up the ranks in the family, demonstrating his loyalty and forging bonds with this new band of brothers – finally finding the family he so badly needed. This is where the author’s wordsmithing is so effective as Calmes moves the story forward over the course of several years, showing the reader important scenes and everyday scenes that illustrate why Ceaton was so good at what he did and why the men at his back, had his back. Yet despite the bonds forged, when life gets sticky for Ceaton – even at the same time as he’s discovered the man he can, maybe, possibly see forever with – he’s not sure who he can he trust and why his loyalty is being questioned to begin with. And this is when the story really kicks into high gear and I was glued to my Kindle, braced for the worst even as I hoped for the best because Ceaton wasn’t the only character whose outcome concerned me. There were moments when I was holding my breath, worried about the plans being made and the bullets flying – I may have even crossed my fingers once or twice. But that ending, ooooooh, that was one unexpected ending. And boy am I glad that I have Late in the Day ready to go because I cannot wait to see what happens next!

I’ve already said I’m enamored with Greg Tremblay’s vocal performances and A Day Makes just made my voice-crush even worse. This is not the first audiobook I’ve listened to in which Tremblay performed multiple accents, but the cast of characters with accents was much larger this time and not once did I get confused as to which of the regular characters was speaking. The only time I wasn’t sure as to which character was speaking was when I was expected to be, when a character who’d only been introduced briefly was suddenly taking center stage, and it took a moment for Ceaton to realize who was talking from the other side of the wall – so I couldn’t feel bad for not knowing who it was. Never having heard a Serbian speak (at least that I’m aware of), I cannot comment on the authenticity of the accent, but I can say the subtleties between Marco’s Russian accent and the Serbian accents of the other major characters was impressive and convincing to the untrained ear. And discovering that Tremblay also narrates book two has me ending my review here so that I can dive in because I MUST know more about The Vault.