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Prima che cali il giorno

(The Vault #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  792 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. La Volta. Fare il giocoliere con tutti questi nomi per alcuni potrebbe essere un problema, ma per Darius è la quotidianità. Quando un capitolo della sua vita si chiude, lui si lascia alle spalle un nome e le persone a esso collegate. In oltre quarant’anni è riuscito a tenersi alcuni colleghi, perfino qualche ...more
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Published March 19th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 30th 2017)
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It's no secret, that I am a huge fan of all things "Mary". Her books are like comfort food to me...I re-read them all the time. (500×277)

I fell in love with Conrad when I read "Mine" He was actually my favorite part of the book, and he was just a side-character. So imagine how happy I was when I found out he was getting his own story.

Now before I say anything more...I would advice everyone to read book 1, "A Day Makes" first, and also to read "Mine". A lot of characters from this book, make an appearance
Jenni Lea
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tag Team Review and Chatty Chat with Red!

Guys. Guys. I have been waiting for this book for so long. So. Long. You don’t know how bad I’ve wanted to read Conrad’s story. You. Just. Don’t. Know. Did it live up to my expectations?

You bet your ass it did!

Whatever you know him as, be it Conrad, Terrence or Gold Team Leader; Darius Hawthorne has been sneaking in and out of Mary’s books for years. He’s like a ninja, swooping in, showing just enough of himself to pique our int
I am the first to grab at any new Mary Calmes release. I am a quite adoring fan. And I was looking forward to Conrad's book (or Terrence, or Daruis) for a long time.

And while I was thoroughly entertained and engulfed in the Calmes-ness of his story, I found the romance to be pretty lackluster.

I imagine that there needed to be a LOT of background told about Darius Hawthorne. Why was he Conrad Harris? Why was he Terrence Moss? Why did he become The Vault? I knew it would take up some page time.

**2.5 stars rounded up**

Wow...this book was a mixed bag for me. I loved Darius. He seemed to be a good person regardless of his profession past and current. I loved Darius and Efrem together...what there was of it. So maybe this book wasn't meant to be a romance? was your typical Mary Calmes with OTT characters and happenings. But I missed the romance. The last few pages are really all we get of them in the present. I wanted more because they seemed to have an epic love. I mean who is c
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it even more this time.
BWT (Belen)
4.5 Stars

Note: I would not consider Late in the Day a standalone. It is the second installment in The Vault series, and the first book, A Day Makes, should definitely be read first.

A Day Makes had a formula that continues here where the story focuses much more around the team and background of the main character rather than focusing mainly on any romance.

Like in A Day Makes, there is some romance, but it is mostly late in the story and somewhat secondary to the rest of the plot.
And it was t
Mary! You forgot to mention Again!

Anyway, here we go.

I feel like I waited a long time for this book. I wasn't even sure there would be a book but I waited and I wanted.

This surpassed my expectations.

I love, love, love how Mary can present a character to us and we get a pretty good feel/idea of who they are but then totally flip the script once we are in their head and get their POV. It's magic.

I mean, who is with me? The whole I sometimes watch you when you are sleeping thing from Mine was a lit
The big bad wolf finally meets his match. Or, in this case, is reunited with his match.

I’ve been waiting to read Conrad’s (who’s really Darius) story for a while. Ever since he handled Trevon and Landry’s cray-cray like a champ in ‘Mine’, I’ve been just a bit smitten with the mysterious hitman.


I listened to this book in audiobook format, and Greg Boudreaux did an excellent job. Absolutely no complaints from me on that end!

Being the Vault has changed Darius. He’s no longer the isolated one-man fo
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
3.25 stars

I’m a huge Mary fan, but I wasn’t too happy with this book. Yes, it was engaging, yes, I was curious to see what would happen to Darius/Conrad/Terence. But I was mostly disappointed in the romance, because there was so little of it.

I wasn’t too fond of the info dump in the first 30%, and all the details about Darius becoming the vault and what that entailed. It was way too detailed and I was going, yes yes yes blahblahblah, just get on with the rest of the story.

I did like Darius’ bond
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded down to 4 stars because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

It's time to take a peek at 'The Vault'...

'Late in the Day' is the second book in the Mary Calmes series 'The Vault' and this story belongs to one man, known as...Conrad Harris...Darius Hawthorne...Terrence Moss...Gold Team Leader and more recently as 'The Vault'. He's answered to all of these names at one time or another in his life.

While this character isn't new to anyone who's a fan of this author this is the first t
5 Hearts

Buddy read and review with my girl Jenni Lea


It’s gonna be hard to review this for a number of reasons.
Hard because I can’t get my fangirl words to flow from my fingers.
Hard because there is so much that needs to be read first hand.
Hard because there is not a damn thing you could offer me to spoil this.
Hard because what I want to say isn’t so hard.

I. Loved. This. Book.

For some reason after I finished reading this, I started to think back on all
BWT (Belen)

With his wonderful character voices, timing, and pacing Greg Boudreaux's (aka Tremblay's) performance seems almost effortless leaving you hanging on every word.

Late in the Day focuses on the single, first person, POV of Darius Hawthorne [AKA Terrence Moss (Parting Shot), Conrad Harris (Mine), and Gold Team Leader (A Day Makes)], and follows the events leading up to how he's been chosen as "The Vault", his team, and the life he's putting together now.

Like in A Day Makes (The Vault #1), the story

OKAY, I DID IT, I DID IT ... After some dedicated research, I ACTUALLY FOUND DARI
Emma Sea
Sep 03, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Preordered, baby!

Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this and I hope this series is not done. Too much happens in this one for me to explain everything. I loved being able to look into "Conrad's" life...
Ok, tell me you didn't see this one coming...

I'm betting if you follow my reviews to any degree and saw this audio book your mind said..."yep, Karen's going to review this because it's Mary Calmes and it's narrated by Greg Tremblay which means it's inevitable with her."

So here I am having listened to the audio book and loving this story every bit as much as when I read it back when it was first released as an e-book. The one thing I realized about this story is that possibly more than a lot
This book was a discombobulated mess. It was all tell and no show. The romance between Efrem and Conrad/Terrence/Darius was non-existent. Even with the flash-backs Efrem and Conrad didn’t connect in a way where the reader feels compelled to root for the MC’s to find love again. All this book centered around was Darius having various conversations with multiple people that added nothing to the story or the plot. Nothing happens in this book NOTHING.

I’m a huge fan of Mary and I’ve read all if not
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book!!


Jessie Potts
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, m-m-favs
So spoiler free... spoiler free... spoiler free.... this is gonna be hard!

I will say this, for those of you awaiting Conrad's book you will be so so pleased! I first adored him in Trevan and Landry's Mine book. We have this idea of who Conrad should or would be because we see him through Trevan's eyes. Trevan though is an unreliable narrator when it comes to Conrad because he just 'sees' and 'hears' what Conrad needs him to. There's a lovely scene in Late in the Day that has the three of them in
Joyfully Jay
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.
Updated for audiobook review.
Read Kris' review in its entirety here.

3.75 stars

Late in the Day is the second story in Mary Calmes’ Vault series following the excellent A Day Makes. In that story we are introduced to Darius, as well as the concept of the Vault, but this book really moves much deeper into this aspect of the story and we learn all about Darius’ role, how he got the job, and his background. Some of the side characters we meet here come from that first book, so
Denise H.
*** I was surprised here, because it wasn't what I was expecting.
It's a story laden with flashbacks and a tutorial on an assassin's career. 6'5", hunky black man, Darius, 40, assassin,

has been separated from the love of his life, for 16 years,

Efram, now Homeland Security, a handsome blonde,

and nowDarius sees a light at the end of the tunnel. They may get together again.
Each man, Darius and Efram, have never forgotten the other, never replaced them. It's a build up to see them reach the bed
Will Parkinson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Will Reads:

Tapestry: Something resembling tapestry (as in complexity or richness of design)

Oh my god... I'm not even sure how I can begin this review other than by using the definition above. See, Mary Calmes has a rich history in her books. Characters we meet and instantly fall in love with. What may surprise you is how these characters are connected. You may not even realize it until you read this book, but so many of her stories have threa
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
One of the most delightful things when picking up a Mary Calmes book, is finding a familiar character turning up in a story of their own. In “Mine”, Conrad Harris was Trevan’s friend, and we find out that was only one of his identities, as he now uses his real name of Darius. I need to go reread several of Mary’s books, to remind myself of some of the details and characters mentioned in this one. However, that didn’t hold me back from easily following this narrative, and appreciating the eventfu ...more
It’s absurd and a waste of words to describe how excited I am by this release. I’ll just say I’m fan-girling times a zillion and leave it at that. Darius Hawthorne is a man of honor, with complexities and secrets galore. He killed for his government and then for the CIA, and when he left the agency it was to protect a friend, Trevan, who was trying to get out of the mob and his job selling illegal weapons for them. Then an old colleague showed up, explained about the job of the vault, and offere ...more
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

3.5 stars

Our main protagonist here goes by many names, but he’s finally at a point in his life where he is starting to take back the name he started life with, Darius Hawthorne. Fans of Mary Calmes will recognize a number of the aliases, especially Conrad Harris, who was a mysterious and dangerous presence in Mine. In the previous book, A Day Makes, we were introduced to Darius in his newest role, the Vault, recruiting for his team. Being chosen as the Vault
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is only the second Mary Calmes book, ever, that I just didn't absolutely love. I was really looking forward to Con/Terrence/Darius because he's always been such a scary guy, but this was like a totally watered down version. Why not just let him be a scary guy? Scary guys need love too. Plus, I didn't think there was enough on-page time between him and what's-his-name.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.

It’s hard to do this review without any spoilers—per the author’s request—so much of it is packed with action, memory scenes, and romance that any of the details could be considered spoilers. It’s also packed with visits from past characters from at least three of her previous books—a pleasant surprise. But taking my clue from the blurb, I guess there’s some info that can be s
Under the Covers Book Blog
LATE IN THE DAY is the second book in the Vault series by Mary Calmes. I would highly suggest reading this series in order as they do follow a lot of the same characters. In this book, the two main heroes are faced with quite a lot in the beginning of the series. But despite all the drama and action that this book has, my favorite part of this book is simply the romance.

The romance has a little bit unconventionally in this book but that’s what makes it so special. If I reveal it here, I thin
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Mary Calmes believes in romance, happily ever afters, and the faith it takes for her characters to get there. She bleeds coffee, thinks chocolate should be its own food group, and currently lives in Kentucky with a five-pound furry ninja that protects her from baby birds, spiders and the neighbor’s dogs. To stay up to date on her ponderings and pandemonium (as well as the adventures of the ninja) ...more

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