Series Spotlight – Thomas Elkin by NR Walker

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Even the strongest of buildings start out as plans on paper, and every architect knows that sometimes plans need to change. Sometimes, these lessons are learned on the job.

A successful New York architect, Thomas Elkin almost has it all. Coming out as gay and ending his marriage before his fortieth birthday, he needed to start living his life. Now, four years later, with his relationship with his son back on track, and after a few short-lived romances, this esteemed traditional draftsman thought he knew everything about architecture, about life.

Cooper Jones, twenty-two years old, is about to take the architect world by storm. Talented, professional, driven, and completely infuriating, Cooper is the definition of Generation Y.

Starting an internship working with Thomas, Cooper is about to knock Tom’s world off its axis. Tom can teach Cooper about the industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom a few things about life.

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Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin, #1)Elements of Retrofit by N.R. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

oh how i love ms. walker’s books…i’m late to this one but it’s just as good as i anticipated it would be. it was quick, easy to read and with very little angst, which i love. definitely another must read from ms. walker!

while thomas is the big, sexy executive who commands respect and exudes power cooper is probably one of my favorite characters ever. i absolutely love his confidence, his snark, his straight-forwardness and how he absolutely breathes life into thomas when he was just surviving. regardless of their age difference, they seem to be perfectly matched. they keep each other on their toes and have a reverential admiration for each other professionally that is heartwarming to watch.

i can’t wait to see how their story continues!

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Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.

Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.

Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.

Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.

For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.

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Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin, #2)Clarity of Lines by N.R. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i honestly can’t remember the last time i read a book where i had a big goofy grin on my face for 85% of the book…which is exactly what happened with this book.

let it be known that I ABSOLUTELY F&%KING LOVE COOPER JONES. it is definitely a cooper jones thing. he is just as confident and smug and snarky in this book as book 1 but we get to see a bit of vulnerability out of him in this one that just solidifies what an amazing young man he is. and his love for tom just makes you love him all the more.

and tom was even better in this book as well. he showed his vulnerability which made him more human and loveable. his need for cooper is tangible and just so perfect.

this is an absolutely perfect follow-up to book 1 and prelude to book 3!

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senseofplace_pride_exlarge_PNG-180x288Designing homes is easy. Finding home is something else entirely.

Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones finally have the support of their families, and their love grows stronger every day. Now living together, they think nothing can stand in their way.

But there are outside influences trying to pull them apart.

Cooper encounters a man, closer to his age and with connections high up the property development chain, who wants Cooper as his own. Tom encounters discrimination and a hidden agenda from a fellow senior partner who’s trying to take him down.

No matter what the world throws at them, Tom and Cooper are the real deal. Age differences aside, Tom has finally found his sense of place. His one true center, his home.

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Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin, #3)Sense of Place by N.R. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

sigh…i hate that this series is over but i’m sure i’ll read it again and again.

these 2 are just so awesome – i think the most perfect quote from the book is at the very end…

Tom smiled like I’d never seen him smile before. “You really are kind of awesome.”
I rolled my eyes. “For the love of God, Tom. I’ve been telling you that for six years.”

the witty banter continues. we fall in love a little bit more with tom and cooper with every line read.

as with every other NR Walker book i’ve ever read, this is an absolute must read. these boys just make you smile and feel really good.

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