Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: On Davis Row
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 329 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27th, 2017
Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.
Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people. His colleagues mock his doe-eyed optimism, but Noah soon sees CJ’s bad attitude and bravado are weapons he uses to keep people at a distance.
Both men know one simple mistake can change a life forever. At first glance, they might seem to be polar opposites. Yet underneath, they’re not that different at all.
I don’t know if there is anything better than a story about a good guy who’s had it rough. It just makes you believe in truly good people in this world. I can’t even express how much I loved CJ. His rough exterior, his dedication to his boss, his unconditional love for his grandfather, the way he softens for Noah….he spoke to my soul. Granted this book is amazing for a myriad of reasons but CJ stole the show for me. N.R. Walker’s writing and the way she builds her characters is remarkable. Noah and CJ were remarkable together and this story is one of those that will stay with me.
CJ Davis has had a rough life. The product of 2 unstable people, CJ is shown nothing but hatred and violence from his father. His only happiness is the love he receives from his ill grandfather and the loyalty of his boss. After his father is released from his most current prison stay CJ knows things will only get worse before they get better.
CJ has a chip on his shoulder due to the life he was born into so when he meets his new parole officer it’s only natural for him to bristle. What both men don’t expect is the almost instant attraction they feel for one another.
Torn between keeping things professional, Noah knows pursuing CJ is not a good idea. Especially since CJ is deeply closeted due to his father’s violent prejudices.
Noah and CJ set out to get CJ out of the rut that has become his life. On their journey, their feelings and attraction only deepens.
This is one of those stories that felt like the emotions were deeper with the less that was said, if that makes sense. These two had these moments that on page were so quiet but so loudly emotional. I loved their connection. I loved their story. I loved the way it was told. The characters, the hope, and even the pain…it was all necessary and added so much depth to the story.
I absolutely recommend this book.