Erryn reviews ‘On Davis Row’ by N.R. Walker. This book was released by the author on November 25, 2017 1416 KB. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I had to see if ‘On Davis Row’ was as good as ‘The Weight of it All’ and ‘Switched’.
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.
N.R. Walker is a new author to me. I started with The Weight of it All, moved on to Switched, and then binged, listening to Red Dirt Hearts Books 1 thru 3 on audio in just 3 days. I am now a devoted fan. When the opportunity arose to get a copy of the book, I leapt at the chance.
I am so glad I did. This book is a feel-good story in every way possible.
Noah is a young man, newly graduated from university, planning to make a career as a parole officer. He plans to make a difference in the men’s lives that he’s been assigned to supervise. Perhaps naïve and idealistic, but that’s what is so brilliant about him and the story – I wanted him to succeed. I wanted him to prove that there are still good people out there. Especially people working within the system and trying to make it better, one man at a time.
CJ broke my heart. He’s Noah’s age, but everything that could go wrong in his life has. He’s been lumped in with the rest of his family as one of ‘those Davis men’. His backstory is one of tragedy, each snippet revealed more heart-breaking than the last. Despite that, there is an odd strength about him.
One of the reasons Noah is such a good corrections officer – why he is so suited for the job – is his ability to read people. He sees a CJ who others don’t. He sees a young man who deserves a break.
The slow-burn of their relationship was wonderful. There is the ethical and professional barrier between the two of them that makes things more interesting. Instead of diving into a physical relationship, they have the time to get to know each other. The relationship is more of a courtship. There are, of course, many obstacles. They come from very different family backgrounds. Yet, when it comes down to it, they have more in common than they could have imagined.
I loved the secondary characters – Terrell the older PO, Gallan from the soccer team, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Barese. People who add dimension to both Noah and CJ. Most of all, though, is my love for Pops. He was perfection. Even if we have a ‘perfect life’, a Pops in it only makes it better.
Most of all, though, we need a Noah. Someone to look past the façade we put up. Someone to call us on our BS. Someone to love us for who we are while encouraging us to be so much more.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. The humor was unexpected and yet really welcome. Noah and CJ (and even Pops) have wicked senses of humor, bringing levity from a painful and seemingly impossible situation. Because even as my heart was breaking, I knew it would come together by the end of the book. And it did. In fact, it was stronger. My world was just a little bit stronger for having enjoyed it so much.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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She’s been writing ever since…