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 by Morgan
This is such a wonderful, heartwarming story. It’s not Christmas themed, but it is absolutely something you’ll want to enjoy during the holiday season.
NR Walker is the MASTER at giving us characters who tug at your heartstrings, whom are prickly on the exterior and marshmallows on the interior. That’s CJ. Noah, of course, is undeterred by all the bluster and sees the man on the inside.
In addition to these guys really clicking in terms of personality, we’re also given an absolutely gorgeous chemistry that is also very sweet and tender.
If you’re a fan of the author, of underdog stories, or simply a person who wants a lovely happily ever after – this is the story for you!
5 of 5 stars
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Review by Beth
This was a great book! NR Walker has woven a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next shoe to drop. You know it’s going to happen, you just don’t know “what” it will be.
Both MC’s carried baggage, Noah has had a few years to move forward from it and CJ is still in the middle of it. The author takes you step by step through 8 weeks of their time together, with Noah only giving up on CJ once. I really liked how the story was laid out. I liked that they didn’t just jump in bed together once they both realized the pull they felt for each other. I also liked the verbal banter they had throughout the story.
This is a sweet and sad story of a man who has been pigeon holed into a label only by name alone and how he finally has someone who sees more than his last name and all its implications. A hurt/comfort story to tug on your heart strings!
5 of 5 stars