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REVIEW: “Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1)” by NR Walker


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.


I love NR Walker books. They’re just so…easy…to read. I never get caught thinking “wait…what just happened here?” or “damn, I have a feeling something really bad is going to happen” or “ugh…that pissed me off”. I usually can start one of her books, read straight through (not wanting to put it down), and finish feeling satisfied, happy, and entertained.

Elements of Retrofit is, yet again, a winner. I typically don’t love the May/December romance trope, and the friend-of-my-grown-child thing squigs me out a bit. BUT, here’s the deal Thomas Elkin is HOT. I love him. He’s an architect, he’s charming, he’s sweetly uncertain, he’s smart…I could go on and on. He makes the book for me.

Cooper, the ‘younger man’ sometimes reads a bit too young for me and at other times really mature. I think this was a conscious effort on the part of the author, but it made it harder for me to feel connected to him and get to know him.

Still, the two of them had some crazy chemistry together had some of the HOTTEST kisses…like, I had to put my kindle down, take a breath, and regain some control before reading on. Swoon-worthy kisses! And more…yes…gloriously yes, more.

My one minor irritation (<-and that might even be too strong of a word for what I’m feeling) is that NR Walker has a tendency in her books to use terms that don’t fit the region. For instance, this is set in NY at an architectural firm. She uses the term “draughting” which you usually see as “drafting” in the US. She also uses the term “robe” for a “closet” and once describes Cooper as wearing a “waistcoat”. This happens from time to time and I’m not entire bothered by it, but I did notice it.

The GR page says it’s book 1 of the Thomas Elkin series…so, considering I got me the hots for Thomas Elkin, this makes me happy!!!!

If you’re looking for an entertaining, sweet read, I definitely recommend this.



retrofitTitle:  “Elements of Retrofit”
Author:  NR Walker
Publisher:  Total e-Bound
Pages:  89
Release Date:  October 4, 2013
Purchase Links: Total e-Bound

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1)” by NR Walker

  1. Sheri
    September 25, 2013

    I am a huge NR fan, and this one looks great. Nice review :D


  2. suze294
    September 25, 2013

    I love NR’s books and this one sounds great!


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