Author ~ Mary Calmes
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 19th April 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
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.
Debra’s Book Brief
Ceaton Mercer is a mob enforcer, but that doesn’t make him a bad guy. We get to know Ceaton as a loyal man who has found a family in the men he works with. The first part of the story follows Ceaton from the end of his service as a Marine and for several years after as he finds himself working and killing for the Serbian mob in Vegas. He is trusted by his boss, Grigor, and the men that work with him, Luka, Pravi and Marko, are like his brothers. He doesn’t kill without remorse or without an understanding of the situation, and some of his life choices do weigh heavily on him. But things can change on a dime in Ceaton’s world; jobs can go bad, people can get twitchy and “accidents” can happen. The first part of the story is all leading up to the one day that will change Ceaton’s life yet again. That’s when the mystery, tension and unbelievable circumstances kick into high gear in that crazy way Mary Calmes always seems to be able to pull off. To say any more would be to spoil the fun so you’re going to have to read it for yourself.
This story is typical Mary Calmes. There’s action, humor, a cast of likable characters and a whirlwind romance that could end in a hail of bullets. Frequent readers of her books also know to pay close attention to names, places and events, since you never know when a nod to another of her works will show up. Ceaton’s love interest is an incredibly charming, sweet and surprising character who we get to know surprisingly well in a short period. Through his eyes Ceaton may just be able to see himself and his life differently; see that his choices had more far reaching effects than he imagined. Their banter is wonderful and despite the fact that everything goes down in less than 24 hours, I knew they were meant to be. In fact, I’d read another entire book of just them interacting with each other.
This one is sure to be a winner with Mary Calmes fans and luckily the ending leaves hope that this is just the first story in yet another series.
Connect with Mary Calmes
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.