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’m not even sure where to start, this author has an incredible writing talent. On Davis Row was an emotionally charged story that bought tears to my eyes but also had me feelings hopeful. I loved Noah, CJ and Pops but I also hated CJ’s dad.
This book was a beautifully tragic read. I loved how the author wrote this story, it was written slowly and meticulously. Noah and CJ’s relationship progressed over time and not under normal circumstances. Noah is CJ’s parole officer and his job is to make sure CJ is following the rules. Instantly the two clicked, Noah saw more than the bad boy. The relationship was perfect, they both were there for each other. Noah needed to move on from his tragic loss and CJ needed someone to show him unconditional love.
CJ’s story broke me, his life and the circumstances that led him into the system not only angered me but left me reeling from the injustice. Noah was patient, caring and took the time to really help CJ. Noah knew ethically things would have to wait for them to become more but that didn’t stop him from being in CJ’s corner. I loved how instead of quickened scenes we got to see their love unfold slowly, I felt more connected to both of them. We get to see them tell each other their fears, wants, desires and by doing this they both gave each other the strength to let go and move on.
The build up was perfect for this couple, one where they were learning how to accept new love. I’m not sure if I’m doing this book justice because this was an exceptional m/m read that didn’t need all the sex to make it great. The characters relationship and journey was perfectly written, and when Noah and CJ finally do get physical it was like the sun peeking out after a terrible rain storm. I highly recommend this book.
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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