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.
On Davis Row is a beautifully written, heartwarming story about second chances and learning that you are more than your family name. In fact, your family doesn't have to be those that are blood related, at all. That particular theme is one of my favorites, because most of the people I consider my family aren't blood related to me, but I know they have my back and I have theirs. That's what family really means.
CJ Davis was dealt a rotten hand in life. All four of his older brothers and his father are no good criminals, all in prison. CJ's only relative that is worth anything is Pops, who raised him the best he could. Now CJ cares for Pops, who is getting up there in age and is chronically ill. Even still, "everyone" knows that those Davis men are no good, so no matter how hard CJ tries to do the right thing -- and he succeeds, dammit -- he still gets lumped in with his brothers and father, because CJ made a mistake a couple years ago and is now on parole.