Book: Late In The Day
Series: The Vault #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: October 30, 2017
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
Every reader has their favorite book by an author they love. That one book that no matter how many times you pick it up, that sense of coming home, that feeling of comfort like a warm blanket on a cold day never fades. For me and Mary Calmes it's her book, Mine. Sure I love A Matter of Time, and the Marshals series, and of course Frog (and every other book by her!) but my love of Mine is strong and true. So when Conrad Harris made a cameo appearance in Parting Shot, I might have flailed. When he showed up at the end of A Day Makes and made a significant impact, I squeed loudly enough Mary probably heard me. But when I found out Late in the Day was all Conrad, well, let's just say there was dancing and flailing AND squeeing. And omg people, that cover is to die for, yeah? *swoons*
I'm going to keep this review spoiler-free because as per usual, Mary drops us smack dab in the middle of the action. So you need to keep on your toes. It doesn't take long to get the background on what exactly it means that Conrad, or Darius as we learn is his true name, has been chosen to be The Vault. The premise behind this is super cool and I love how Mary shows us how it all works.
I have to mention the Easter eggs. Because holy crackers y'all, there are SO MANY. Like, you should read Late in the Day with a notebook beside you and your GR open so you can look at Mary's other books. I am in awe how she's bringing so many things together and it was like Christmas with every page and every new reveal! I've read this twice already and picked up more things, more breadcrumbs and I bet if I read it three and four times, there'd be even more. Like with any book by Mary Calmes you have to suspend belief a bit, but really, isn't that what makes her books so much fun and the kind of book you can read over and over?
Late in the Day is quintessential Calmes. Fast paced with a plot that's over the top but you can't help but get sucked into. Characters that seem like friends and family, a swoony romance and some pretty hot sexy times. This is Mary at her best and I'm already dying for the next book to see what happens next! Hopefully she doesn't make us wait too long.
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