Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Well, this was just that amazing and then some!
A Day Makes by Mary Calmes is just sort of that. It charts the single day in the life of Ceaton Mercer and all the amazing changes in his life that happens during the course of a day. And as odd as it may seem, it’s not hokey, or unbelievable or any of the “un’s” you might want to throw in there. Its simply outstanding.
Now, while we are following Ceaton as he proceeds through the day, we are also learning about Ceaton’s past history…in detail. Calmes’ ability to connect us fully to this man is achieved through memorable passages of Ceaton’s past life and the experiences that have made him the man he is and brought him to this life changing day. We feel his emotions deeply, his pain and hurt over his discharge from the Marines, we know what drives him, so yes, we can connect with a mob enforcer and look through his eyes at people, recognizing the things he’s done. Ceaton still carries many of the author’s characteristic personality quirks about him. He doesn’t realize how handsome he is while being alarmingly so. He’s loyal, capable, and until he met Grigor, the mob boss, he was adrift and in need of a family. Soon, it’s Grigor and his men who are grounding Ceaton and providing support and we get it absolutely because the author has laid all the groundwork for us and made us believe in it.
Mary Calmes is great about giving us not just the main characters but an entire cast to care about which here includes other enforcers and the mob culture which she uses effectively to create a dark family that Ceaton serves and comes to love in his way. She distinguishes between the different groups and languages, even mob organizations pulling us into Ceaton’s world.
And when he does meet the potential love of his life? I totally bought into it. Yes, the way the author explains it, gives it a background and the character, how I love the character, well, yes, I fell for him just as hard as Ceaton did. And it wasn’t who it was I thought it was going to be.
But it was that ending, That smack my head, ‘didn’t see that coming’ ending that if I could give this more than 5 stars I would. If you see reviews out there with spoilers and you’re going to read this book, don’t read them. Honestly. You want that surprise to come up and hit you. And leaving you stunned and smiling. And if you are one of those who read the endings first (yes, you know who you are), don’t. Read up! You’ll thank me!
A Day Makes by Mary Calmes is a beautifully written story, full of great characters, vivid descriptions, a lively narrative with an ending that I’m still in stunned joy over. Yep, going to make my Best of List. Grab it up and get reading!
Cover Artist: Reese Dante. The design is simple. Not sure it really speaks to the story or grabs my attention.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: April 19th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635335744 (ISBN13: 9781635335743)