Book Reviews

Davo by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-May-2022

Book Blurb

When Fergus Galloway takes on a research trip to a tiny mining town in the far Western Australian outback, he’s as far from Sydney as he can get.

Which is entirely the point.

He arrives in Pannalego totally unprepared for the baking heat, unprepared for the people who call it home, unprepared for the craziness and the laughs. And absolutely unprepared for the man he meets there who steals his heart.

Davo is a mining man, as rugged as he is gorgeous. Loves his found family, loves where he lives, and loves his life. He also loves the feel of soft fabric on his skin.

What was supposed to be a short field trip changes Fergus’s life. Going to a place many call uninhabitable might turn out to be the only place he wants to live.


Book Review

“The only place that I wanna be is where you are, cause any more than a heartbeat away is just too far.” ~ Keith Urban


When Fergus Galloway, of ‘Davo’ by N.R. Walker, arrives in Pannalego, it’s 45 degrees Celcius which is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. To say it’s hot is an understatement, especially for someone from Sydney. Fergus wonders if he has landed on Mars or maybe in Hell.


He is dead tired, but the people are excited to see him, they have planned a welcoming party in his honor. So Fergus puts on a happy face and attends. He is questioning his judgment about coming there, thinking that nothing could make this trip worth staying for, when in walks Davo, a drop-dead gorgeous man. At first Fergus thinks Davo is making fun of him because Fergus is gay. After all, Davo is wearing a skirt. Considering the lack of reaction from everyone there, Fergus assumes this must not be out of the ordinary. When Davo smiles at him, suddenly he is in love with the skirt and possibly Davo.


As Fergus begins his project interviews, he comes to know the people better. Each person has their purpose in the tight-knit community, particularly the permanent residents. The cook feeds everyone; the doctor is also the vet; the general store is also the post office. Also, everyone takes care of everyone else, including Fergus. Their cooperation is essential to their survival. They realize that the environment is harsh and challenging and do whatever they can to help him acclimate, especially Davo, who can sew like a professional in addition to his mining skills. Although Fergus is supposed to be there for a short time, he and Davo decide to explore their growing feelings for each other. Davo introduces Fergus to the beauty of the area, which to Fergus isn't as beautiful as Davo. The closer it comes to leaving time, the more Fergus ponders on how he can stay.


'Davo' is a heartfelt story that made me sigh... several times. I loved Fergus and Davo. The juxtaposition between tough miner and skirt-wearing sweetheart was almost too much for my heart to bear. Yes, the romance was insta-love, but considering the time frame, it had to be. I loved that Davo helped Fergus see the beauty even among the harshness, how they challenged each other to go for what they wanted instead of dwelling in the past. The ending was perfect. Thanks, N.R., for an endearing read.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 169 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-April-2022
Price $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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