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REVIEW: “Elements Of Retrofit” by N.R Walker


Book one in the Thomas Elkin series

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

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 thinks he knows 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 architecture industry, but Cooper is about to teach Tom what it means to live.

elementsTitle: Elements Of Retrofit
Author: N. R. Walker
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 124
Release Date: August-04-2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Pride Publishing


So, here’s the thing… Despite this being one of those books I would normally avoid (20 years of age gap between MC’s, older guy dating one of his son’s friends blah blah blah)… I picked this up for the sole reason that N.R. Walker wrote it… And I thought, well, she’s definitely worth the risk… And hell yes! she was!

As I said earlier, this is a May-December trope. We have Tom, who is a very important architect in New York. Tom is 44. Tom is divorced. Tom has a son. His son’s name is Ryan.

When Ryan takes his friend Cooper to a dinner with his dad nothing really happens. It turns out, though, that Cooper is in New York that summer to do his apprenticeship. Without any of them really knowing Cooper ends up outside Tom’s office waiting to be picked for the apprenticeship spot.

I liked this a lot. Once the two MC’s started spending more time together I just couldn’t help but smile. Cooper’s flirting was so much fun to read. The way Tom got all blushed and flushed and confused, and didn’t quite know what to do was in fact… Adorable. And man, if you manage to make me see a situation like this as adorable in under 124 pages, YOU ARE AWESOME.

I’ve been trying to figure out why this worked out so well for me. I think that seeing Tom doubt himself helped a lot, seeing him a bit insecure and losing a bit of his utter confidence was a good sign for me. Cooper’s attitude, (flirting aside) also helped. He was very sure of what he wanted, and the way he did things, and how he phrased his thoughts was very helpful. There’s also the fact that they complemented each other very well. They had great chemistry, and you could read that they had fun together.

I don’t have many (or any, really) niggles here. The only thing that seemed odd to me is that Ryan and his dad didn’t seem to see much of each other, really, but hey! I can’t expect all families to be like mine… Hahahaha

So, if you like sexy, fun, entertaining stories, you might like this one, a lot!


About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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