Reviewed by Susan65
Title: On Davis Row
Author: N.R. Walker
Heroes: CJ Davis/Noah Huxley
Genre: MM Contemporary
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: What an amazing story; it was both romantic and heartbreaking all rolled into one story that I could not put down. CJ and Noah just resonated inside of me. I wanted so badly for their relationship to grow and flourish, but the whole time I was looking over my shoulder, waiting to see what horrific thing was going to happen next. It was not an easy read, but it was addicting. I had to know what was going to happen next, what layer would be peeled back, and see how they would overcome.
CJ Davis is the sweetest guy born into the toughest of circumstances. His family was impoverished and serial criminals, hence the title. He is judged for his name, and mistrusted for his name, and not given any chances…because of his name. But he was none of those things; he is nothing like his father or brothers. But, it doesn’t matter. He is judged and found guilty because nothing more is expected of him.
Noah Huxley is a newbie parole officer ,and CJ is one of his first parolee’s. Fortunately, Noah is NOT just collecting a paycheck, he actually cares about his cases and wants to help. He sees the good in men, and understands that sometimes good men do bad things, and sometimes bad things happen to good men. CJ, in his mind, was firmly in the latter category.
This is a story that comes together in layers. You learn to understand what drives Noah, and what haunts CJ. They both have stories that lesser men would be unable to overcome. But, Noah believing in CJ, and CJ believing in Noah is the catalyst that forms their tenable bond and sets the foundation for their happy ever after.
This is not a sexfest and it is very slow burn, but it would not work any other way. The subject matter is harsh, and this story is more about second chances and learning to believe in oneself, and the romance, while there, is almost secondary. Trust me though, when they get their chance, it is hot. You will not be disappointed that it took so long. If anything, you realize that was the deciding moment when you knew everything was going to be okay.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*