A successful New York architect, forty-four year old Thomas Elkin almost has it all. An esteemed traditional draftsman, he 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.

Generation versus generation, traditional versus contemporary, these men are about to learn a lesson in architecture, egos and love. Can they prove to the world that the old and new can be the perfect design?

Thomas Elkin Series collage

 Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

J&G: 5 Star Series perfection!

“Apparently I smile when I see you.”

Gitte: I don’t even know what to say but wow. This series is just what my tired heart needed. This is what reading is all about. A couple finding their way; overcoming real obstacles. Finding their place, finding love without unnecessary angst or drama for effect. This is pure emotion and romance. This is real.

“It’s right there between us and it’s driving me mad. I can’t concentrate, all I can think about is what the fuck kissing you would feel like, or taste like.

I loved absolutely everything about this series, EVERYTHING. It had such purity of love, brilliant humour and above all it had a fantastic cast of characters who all played their part. I loved and connected with them all!

“It’s a Gen-Y thing.” “It’s a Cooper Jones thing.” “It’s a pain in the ass thing.”

The writing is brilliant, it was honest, flawless and no-nonsense. It was truly beautiful. N.R Walker manages to draw every emotion out of the reader in such few words. These books may not be the longest however, what she manages to achieve is astounding! Every word mattered and hit me in the heart. This series had me laughing, crying and wanting to have these people in my life. I felt like I experienced something pretty damn special and though I was sad to let this series go; let Tom and Cooper go, I know they’ll always be with me.

“I like the differences between us. You’ve opened my eyes to a lot of things I thought I missed.”

Our main men Cooper and Tom; what can I say other than if these two blokes don’t steal a massive piece of your heart then I’ll boycott chocolate for the rest of the year. That’s how sure I am that any fans of the m/m genre will fall in complete love with Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones. These men are so fan-bloody-tastic; their romance so incredibly real, their struggles and how they affect and complement each other so believable so touching, so humorous and so bloody lovely I just couldn’t put their journey down. They felt part of my life and I theirs. I completely believed in Tom & Cooper’s romance. I believed in them.

 “I have a black belt in sarcasm, and my wit is like lightning.”

We went on a reading marathon with Tom and Cooper didn’t we, Jenny? We just couldn’t let them go without being there right till the end!!

Jenny I’m overawed. Like you G, I loved everything about this story. What an enriching and remarkable series this was, and you’re so right, THIS was exactly what our tired reading hearts needed.  Pure bona fide romance between a couple who completely and utterly stole my heart! I was astonished at the beauty and flawlessness of the writing, every word so honest and real and every emotion I felt brought Cooper and Tom’s story to life vividly.

“Unconditional love is exactly that. We don’t get to choose.”

After inhaling the first book, there wasn’t a modicum of doubt that we HAD to keep going and spend more time with these very special characters. This series is definitely one of the highlights of my reading year and Cooper and Thomas left me breathless. I adored them both.

‘And even though he was half my age, he was twice as brave as me.’

The author made me feel as if I knew all these characters on a personal level. Their story of love, prejudice, passion and acceptance was mesmerizingly told and I can’t even begin to tell you how refreshing it was to pick up a story and feel the honesty and emotion bleed through the pages without being inundated with overbearing angst and unnecessary drama. The strength, beauty and honesty of this story lies in its simplicity. This author brought a work of fiction to life and I can honestly say I “lived” this story.

The balance between, heat, passion, emotion and humour was spot on and the banter, priceless.

“Cooper laugh. Tom. Make funny”

The emotion was real.  The flow of the story so natural. The characters – well, there are no words for how much I loved and connected with all the characters in this book. From Cooper, Tom, their families, their friends and their workmates. All had a place, and each gifted this story with richness.

“You drive me crazy, you do my head in some days, and you challenge everything I say, but you’ve breathed life into me.”

Gitte, there’s no doubt that I will not forget Tom and Cooper in a hurry. Two men whose love and story have forever cemented a place in my heart. This, right here, is how you tell a story of love, strength and belonging.  I laughed, cried and my heart is overflowing. I think I just fell in love in a book!

G&J: There isn’t a lot more we can say that we haven’t already said. Tom and Cooper took a journey that touched every nerve and spoke to our hearts. Needless to say, this was a series with so much beauty delivering a message for us all to take away. Love has no boundaries. Love doesn’t discriminate. Love isn’t ageist. Love isn’t sexist. Love is love and this story was a beautiful adaptation of just how beautiful love can be and how acceptance is the greatest gift we can give someone.

“….if gender doesn’t matter, then neither should age.”

Wow! We’re still in book heaven! If you’re looking for a well told story, engaging and heart warming characters, as real as fiction can get, then  the Thomas Elkin series is an absolute recommend!

**ARC of Elements of Retrofit provided by the author in exchange for an honest review – Clarity of Lines and Sense of Place purchased by both Jenny and Gitte**

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elements of retrofit


Book one in the Thomas Elkin series.
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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clarity of lines


Book two in the Thomas Elkin series. 

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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sense of place


Book three in the Thomas Elkin series.

Designing homes is easy. Finding home is something else entirely. 

Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones finally have the support of their families together, and their love grows stronger every day. Now living together, they thought nothing could 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. Tom encounters discrimination and a hidden agenda from a fellow senior-partner.

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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