Title: On Davis Row
Author: NR Walker
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
On Davis Row was exactly what I expected it to be. An excellent story told in Walker’s way.
I liked that it wasn’t “fluff.” What CJ and Noah have both been through couldn’t ever equate to fluff. Our MCs have both been through hell, and are now deserving of the good that life has to offer.
CJ is a Davis. That means something in this tiny little town. All the Davis men are awful people and spend more time in jail than out of it. At least, that’s what the townspeople think.
And although CJ does have an arrest on his record, he’s a truly good person. He’s been dealt a really shitty hand in life, and can’t catch a break. Until he meets Noah, his new parole officer.
Noah believes in his role. He believes in keeping offenders out of jail and integrating them into their communities. He believes that sometimes, all it takes is one person, one person to believe in the good in someone. One person to offer a hand, to offer another way.
The hurt/comfort theme had the potential to become very overwhelming to the story. But it didn’t. Walker balanced well between that and the sexy banter. The story definitely needed the levity.
Noah knows he can’t get involved with one of his cases. But CJ is only on parole for another 4 weeks. He can last that long, right?
This story is about underestimated power.
The power within, that sometimes just needs a catalyst.
The power of someone, for once, saying that they believe in you.
The power of friendship.
The power of offering someone a chance.
The power of a hug.
The power of love.