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REVIEW: “Sense of Place” by NR Walker


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.


I’ve said it before in my review of book 2: Clarity of Lines, I love Thomas Elkin.  He MAKES this series for me.  And because I have such a deep fondness for him, it feels like a treat to read more story about him…and when that story has him HAPPY and ASSURED of himself?  It’s delightful.

Sense of Place takes us to what feels like the Promised Land by the end of this series.  Through their uncertainties of age difference, family interferences, and now work/professional roadblocks, Thomas and Cooper are…SOLID.  They’re GOOD.  They’re TIGHT.  And they make SENSE.  Gone are any niggles, even in my mind, if they’re right for each other.  Gone are those “waiting for the other shoe to drop” moments to see what will cause their relationship strife.  I read this book, from start to finish, with a huge smile on my face.

Thomas, this confident, successful, kind, HUGE-HEARTED man is the rock for Cooper as he tries to win back his family as well as establish his career.  *sigh*…we should ALL have a Thomas in our lives – unwavering in his love and devotion., understanding and patient.  And even Cooper…still young, still kinda frat-boyishly annoying, BUT…I see Thomas rubbing off on him.  And he’s growing up a bit and thus growing on me.  (My favorite Cooper moment of the entire series is when he tells Tom the kind of house he should live in.  It showed great maturity and a deep love for the man. And when you love Tom that deeply, then I gotta love you too, Cooper! :) )

Honestly, the book is a bit cliche at times (Thomas’ work issues were kinda out-of-nowhere and over-the-top), and it was odd that Ryan (Thomas’ son) was nowhere to be seen in this book.  And I admit, through the course of the series, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the editor (my irritation in this book: I don’t care if the correct plural of Lego is “Lego”…you would NOT find anyone in NY saying anything other than LEGOS as the plural.  Sorry)

But, see…that’s the mastery of winning readers over with character development…so many other things can be overlooked!

I will miss Thomas. I’m sad to see the series end though I loved the journey.  Maybe we can convince NR Walker to write a Christmas short or something about Thomas & Cooper… *wink* *nudge* *bribery*…




18754187Title:  Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin #3)
Author:  NR Walker
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Pages:  110
Release Date:  January 17, 2014
Purchase Links:  Totally Bound

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