Rating: 4.75 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 loved the first story in The Vault series, A Day Makes, so I couldn’t wait to see what the sequel would bring. Late in the Day brings into focus a character we’ve met before in other stories, not just A Day Makes. Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne, these are all names that Darius Hawthorne has gone by at one stage of his life or another. In a series of flashbacks throughout the story, much like the first novel, we see the progression of events that lead up to the man Darius is when the story opens.
It’s an effective format and one that pulled me in immediately.
Mary Calmes engages her reader on many levels from the opening scene. We’re let into a moment fraught with danger, we understand the personalities of the men involved, and the author sets out an explosive start for her tale that pulls us in emotionally and intellectually. And then starts to explore why this event has so much impact to Darius and his future.
This author also does lovers reunited like nobody’s business. That would include Efrem Lahm, the one man that Darius fell deeply in love with and never got over. The effect on the reader of these two men meeting again is so strong, so vivid it’s almost gut wrenching. I love it when an author can pull that sort of emotional response from me, making me aware of how powerful a ground shift it would be for a character to see this man again. Mary Calmes does it here…over and over. And not just from Darius.
Along with the romance, there’s suspense, action, and, yes, humor albeit on the darkish side. Yes, I think this book and series really has it all going for it with fascinating characters, a complicated series foundation, and outstanding cast of characters. What this book is not is a standalone novel. Late in the Day exists within a specific universe, that has its own framework of morality, carefully interlocking family of characters, and even other stories that can be joined to this by weaponry. Don’t miss out on the note at the end for other stories by Mary Calmes that will connect with this one.
At the end of the novel, I was so happy that I was ready to go back to the beginning of the series and read through the two books all over again. I can’t wait to see where the author is taking this series next. Until then, I highly recommend you read Late in the Day if you’ve read A Day Makes, and both books if you are new to the series. If you are a Mary Calmes fan, you are already ahead of me.
Cover art by Reese Dante is perfect for the character and makes a stunning cover.
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: October 30th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Series The Vault :