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This short book has Mary Calmes' usual voice and story style, which you either like or don't. I enjoy her works myself. Many of her pieces (this one included) dive deep into the main character's stream of consciousness, flowing through someone's life and hearing all their thoughts. Sometimes, and in A Day Makes, it's also stream of consciousness in that it's a little disjointed, letting us in on side scenes of the MC's life for no particular plot point, just because we are on a Calmes' ride along. This is a fairly complete story...stops a little short for me. For those familiar with Calmes' work, this book is a shout out to both "Acrobat" and "Mine," both Calmes' books that include strong mob elements.
Ceaton was planning on using his violent skills as a Marine, but that all goes wrong for him. So Ceaton's alternative career choice: mob man. He is a bad man, deep in mob life and comfortable and loyal with his murdering, drug dealing, protection selling mob 'family'. The story flows from before he joined up, through his mob work, and one step beyond. He is tough, cruel and violent...some torture is briefly described. We don't wallow in gory crime scenes, but Ceaton takes his job as enforcer and murderer in stride and doesn't question his career choices.
"I liked fast, and if I was honest with myself, I knew why. If everything was a blur, I didn’t have to think or feel or anything, and I liked that just fine. If I concentrated on what I didn’t have—home, family, somebody permanent—it hurt. As long as I was moving at the speed of sound, nothing could get to me."
Ceaton's life all falls apart and reshapes in a day...a very amazing no good very bad exciting single day. Not realistic, no, but there you go. Murder, mayhem and a surprise guest appearance brings it all together.
Little is learned about the Love Interest, so I don't want to give away anything. He is in the vein of Calmes' lighter, flirty characters, intelligent and sweet. "He appeared puzzled, the way his brows furrowed, which was ten kinds of cute, like a befuddled bunny, and his mouth quirked to the side."
Recommend, with the note that it's in a familiar Calmes' voice with familiar Calmes' features. With extra violence and sociopathic tendencies. For me it was a Calmes' fix, but not quite enough. (Of course, with an addiction, it's never 'enough').
Some things I rate mm stories on
Sexy scale 1-5=3
Limited but explicit mm sex occurs in this short book. I mean, the two only have a day together.
Humor scale 1-5=2
Often Calmes tells her tales from a lighter flirty voice, but not in this case.
Likable MCs 1-5=2
This is a tricky one to rate. I usually score based on them separately and together. We only get to hang with Ceaton, violent and loyal. We only have the day with the Love Interest. So we don't know how they will be together...and they are really really different.
Murder, torture, revenge killings, all briefly and somewhat stoically described. Not pleasant stuff, so may be too much for some. Ceaton showed limited good features in this mob life.
I highly recommend that you read "Mine" by Mary Calmes first. "Mine" is a complete book, with a different mob guy as the lead. The connection between that 'Mine' mob guy and his own love interest is established, interestingly twisted, and deep; several action and emotional layers to this other Calmes' book.
If you like the idea of anti-heroes being your hero
I also recommend
Gazes into You by Alex Jane
Warrior's Cross by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
The positives: I did like Ceaton's character development throughout the first half. I also liked the sense of family with the guys who worked closely with him. They were great supporting characters.
The negatives: In general, I thought much of the story was too convenient, and completely unbelievable- and not that type of unbelievable that I can sweep under a rug because the romance is amazing. Jumps in time were a bit jarring and often felt oddly placed for me. I also felt no development of the relationship. I didn't really get to know Brin, except for a few general details, so I didn't really feel anything for him. Their whole relationship felt like insta-lust. There was no relationship development whatsoever. It was rushed and much, much, much too quick. Also unbelievable.
The entire romance we see between these characters is one day. One day. That is all. It's not even that insta-love where they have a meet-cute and fall in love one day and then build/navigate a relationship. Nope. They fall in love and plan to stay together 4ever in one day.
Also - I had a hard time believing that Ceaton... A guy portrayed as some badass assassin/mob boss would go so gooey for a guy that he just met that he literally can't do his job? I mean, he totally put Brin at risk, IMO. Like, they'd JUST met and guy's life had JUST been at stake, but 10 minutes later BAM OMG we're fated to be together. I mean, it wasn't like those 'protector' stories where they're bored sitting around a safe house for days and then OMG sexual tension I can't take it anymore situations, ya know? For goodness sakes, Brin's life was still at risk and the situation hadn't even been fully assessed...?
I mean... "Let's totally make out on the couch in front of the big window because we could totally see anyone approach..." Seriously? You won't, like, be a little preoccupied? And also, were you aware others who aren't preoccupied could maybe see in?
THEN the old Army team leader's presence was completely unbelievable. While I was happy to see him reconnect with Ceaton, the circumstances of the reunion were ridiculous. He just happens to be living in the area, show up at the right moment, kill off 15 guys on his own, and just so happen to need to hire a Ceaton AND all his buddies? And they the get to live right where Brin works??? No - far too neat.
Anyway. Sorry for the negativity, but I couldn't let this one go. I was so frustrated. The only really it wasn't a DNF is because I paid $5 for it.
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