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After I finished reading A Day Makes, I immediately thought, "I cannot wait for the audio! I need this on audio!"
Now that I've listened to it I can quite simply say: Greg Tremblay made this even better, and I didn't even think that was possible.
He does such fantastic character voices, especially the accents (of which there were MANY), which were all done brilliantly.
Now, it's true that I'm a Calmesaniac. I make no bones that Mary Calmes writes the kind of crack I'm addicted to.
But this story? What a fantastic ride you guys! Seriously, that was like the best roller coaster, and when you get off you immediately want to ride it again.
Mary Calmes always manages to take a first person single POV and make it so dynamic and enthralling that I cannot help but love it.
Our POV this time is solely from Ceaton Mercer, a mob enforcer with a conscience. Think that's an oxymoron? Nope. Mary Calmes pulls it off in a way it not only makes sense, but I was absolutely on board with Ceaton's decisions. I love how Ceaton's doing his best to be as ethical as possible in situations that don't normally find themselves to be on anyone's moral compass. Ceaton is making the best out of some truly hard situations.
The first half of the story sets up Ceaton and his friends, Pravi, Luka, and Marko, while the second half focuses on a single day in the life in where Ceaton meets his future, in more ways than one, learns some truth about his past and the lives he's saved and changed forever. And folks? Get ready for some ties to the past.
Now, this is sort of a slow burn. Though there's some romance (and sexy times) it doesn't come until later in the story, but it's definitely worth the wait. I absolutely loved Ceaton and Brin! I loved the banter, the action, the suspense, the Easter eggs...I loved it all!
All I can say without spoiling this was that I thought this was fantastic and sets up a possible series brilliantly. I really hope to get a better look at the Vault and get to spend more time with the guys in the future.
I love that Calmes can write a fantastic, mesmerizing series like the Marshals series that focuses on law enforcers, but can switch it up and write a story (and hopefully series - no seriously, please let this become a series!!) from the "bad" guy's perspective that is just as riveting and absorbing.
If you love bad guys with a heart of gold, some action, a bit of romance, definitely some great storytelling, and fantastic narration I highly recommend you pick this up.
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Ridiculous, but I sort of loved it!
I'm the first to admit that I'm not typically a Mary Calmes fan. I have to be in the mood for a very particular kind of story, and I guess I was in the mood for that kind of story today because this one just worked for me.
It's Mary Calmes to the max, baby!!
Sure, the plot is... interesting. An "unapologetic mobster with the heart of gold"-kinda plot. I had NO idea where it was going or when we were FINALLY going to meet the love interest. The romance, when we get there after eons, was rushed to the point of incredulity. However, it all came together for me, somehow, in the end.
One big factor is that I love Greg Tremblay, and I thought he did an awesome job narrating this one. He really brought the characters to life, and I thought he elevated a 3.5 star story to a solid 4 stars. I loved all of his accents (no idea if they are realistic, though), and I loved his vocal differentiation between the characters.
Okay, just accept that this book is cracktastic and don't try to analyze it. You'll thank me later.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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