- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: SelfPub
- Publication Date: November 25, 2017
I’m sure you all have felt this before, you look at a book and just something keeps you from clicking on it. That happened to me with this book, I looked at it a few times and I passed it by, then one day I just say, yep I’m going to read it. A lot of that indecision or decision making process has to do with what my mindset is at the time or even my mood. Well I am so happy that I was finally in the mind to read this book because it was fantabulous.
There is a very real sense of authenticity to this story which provides the reader believable actions and characters that the reader can relate to. The dynamics between CJ the parolee and Noah the parole office, as they navigate their feelings, is a slow and steady pace of foreplay for the reader. Part of what made their relationship so special is that it felt like they were meant to be a part of the other, and when you figure in how socially different they are I don’t think that they would have had much of a chance of meeting if it wasn’t for the Parolee/Parole Office angle of this story. It’s almost like Fate.
There are times when the leading secondary characters are there as window dressing, that is not the case in this book. The secondary characters in this story you can hate with all of your emotions and others you want to hug and protect. These are the characters that shaped the man that CJ is now , the men and the woman who are there to show him that there is love in this world and acceptance and loyalty. If it weren’t for these people in his life I don’t think that Noah could have broken through the wall that CJ put up.
There are times after I’ve read a book that I ask myself “What was the underlying reason or message that the author wanted me to take away from reading their story?” Here is the message I took: TRUST. The trust in someone else that enable you take the chances and the trust in someone else to be there for you when you do take that chance. TRUST is what brought CJ and Noah together and I feel it is what will keep them together.
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.