Book Title: On Davis Row
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: MM romance
Word count: 330 pages
Level of sexiness: low
Part of a series: no
Amazon Link: you can find On Davis Row here
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 follow N.R. Walker on Facebook, and she posted regular updates about working on this book. One of the things she was joking about, was that she could never seem to get characters to even kiss within the first chapters. On Davis Row is a classic example of a slow burn, with two men slowly coming to terms with their feelings for each other. But what a beautiful slow burn it is…
With Noah and CJ, the author has created two wonderful characters, each with their burdens and baggage in life. Noah charmed me with his optimism, naïve as it may have been at times, and his honest desire to see the good in people, and help them. His continuing efforts in reaching CJ were so heartwarming and totally made me love him.
CJ is so hurt and damaged that you want to hold him and tell him everything will be better. The way he cares for his grandpa, the way he does his work, how he holds his head up high despite everything life throws at him, man, I admired the hell out of him.
You’ll find yourself rooting for CJ throughout the book, and almost begging to whoever will listen to please, let life stop with screwing him. And then when Noah starts helping him, you’ll cheer on his every effort, and start dreaming of a happy ever after for these two—which they totally get in the end.
On Davis Row is a sweet, slow burn MM romance with a lot of depth and heart and I absolutely loved it.