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 40-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.
With his wonderful character voices, timing, and pacing Greg Boudreaux’s (aka Tremblay’s) performance seems almost effortless leaving you hanging on every word.
Late in the Day focuses on the single, first person, POV of Darius Hawthorne [AKA 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 as “The Vault”, his team, and the life he’s putting together now.
Like in A Day Makes (The Vault #1), the story focuses more around the background of the main character rather than on the romance. Though there is some romance, it is mostly late in the story and somewhat secondary to the rest of the plot, so while there are sexy times and romance they are not the main focus.
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!
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. And though you could read The Vault series alone, I really would recommend you read/listen to Mine, Always, Acrobat, Parting Shot, All Kinds of Tied Down, and Fit to be Tied as well.
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I have been binging on Mary Calmes' stories (both reading them and listening to them). This one had little nuggets relating to other stories that reared up and smacked me in the head making pieces fall into place in those other stories that I didn't know were missing. I laughed out loud and loved these little nuggets hidden in a great story. I think the biggest surprise was Dante Cerreto. Totally loved it and totally enjoyed Greg Boudreaux's performance of the characters. Don't miss this one.
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I have been waiting a little bit for this audio books, and it was worth the wait. the storyline is absolutely fabulous. I recommend highly. Mary calmes again hits it out of the ballpark.
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I know a large part of my enjoyment came from getting to know Darius (aka Conrad Harris) from his introduction in “Mine” and his appearance in “A Day Makes” and learning more about The Vault. As a reader just picking up the book on its own, the large amount of information at the front end about who Darius is, his life and his position as The Vault and the little amount of romantic interaction between the two MCs may be a bit off-putting for some. However, as this is a second chance story, Darius and Ephrem have an established history that is told in the story, and for me, their lack of romantic interaction didn’t detract from my enjoyment. Seeing Darius as a fully realized character and his interactions with characters from so many other Mary Calmes stories was fun, so while I’m not sure how well the book lands as a standalone romance for those who haven’t read much of her work, I was thoroughly entertained
If you could sum up Late in the Day in three words, what would they be?
Short, Sexy and Steamy... my three favorite colors.
What did you like best about this story?
Darius and the way he is always so cool, calm and collect.
Have you listened to any of Greg Boudreaux’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I've listened to just about everything he's voiced and I've absolutely loved them all. Boudreaux is one of those narrators that could read the phone book and keep you on the edge of your seat he has so many different tones and nuances in his voice.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Short, Sexy and Steamy.
Any additional comments?
I really liked Darius in the first book in this series, his completely calm regard no matter the situation. It was fun to get to see everything from his POV and get to meet the one person that can make him raise his voice.
The dialogue is long, intense and witty much like most of Calmes stories. The characters completely flushed out to spite the shortness of the story. The chemistry is electric, intense and amazing! Nice to read/listen to a story with a prominent person of color in the storyline.
READ/LISTEN TO THESE BOOKS for the chronological order AND THEN LISTEN TO "LATE IN THE DAY" if you want to get all the fun tie-ins:
4)"Tied Up in Knots"
5)"A Day Makes"
Best and scariest friend gets his happily ever after...for now. Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne (Remember these name when you listen/read the books I listed)
Finally all Mary Calmes fans get the tie-ins for the villain, friend, and savior that has made an appearance in her Marshall series, "Acrobat", "Mine", "A Day Makes", and "Parting Shot". This is the second book in what I consider the villain series and I can't wait for the next installment. Conrad Harris/Darius Hawthorne has been a character of interest ever since I read "Mine" and I have loved discovering the trail of his appearances in so many of Mary Calmes series. Also Greg Tremblay is Greg Boudreaux and the narration is excellent as always.