Friday, January 3, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Series #2) by N.R. Walker

 Title: Clarity of Lines
Series: Thomas Elkin Series #2
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: 
Review Source: eARC provided for review by Author



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.


I can't get enough of Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones.  111 pages is just not enough but then again it totally is.  I wish N.R. Walker would just have written the whole series as one novel instead of breaking it up but anticipation does make the heart grow fonder.

In Elements of Retrofit, a 44 year old, divorcee, out for the first time in his life, finds himself a 22 year old budding architect who happens to be one of his sons life long best friends, and they become lovers.  Tom can't get enough of Cooper's snarky Gen Y or "Cooper Jones" behavior and attitude.  He gives in and finally gives him a key to his place and all but begs Cooper to move in with him once Cooper finds himself a job at another upscale Architectural firm in NYC.

In Clarity of Lines, Cooper and Tom have been together for almost six weeks.  They are with each other as much as work will allow and most nights they work in a peaceful silence side by side in Tom's upscale apartment.  Tom decides to take Cooper home to his once loving home with his ex-wife for his son Ryan's birthday.  It will be the first time Sofia, his ex-wife, has to see Tom not only with a man but also the first time she'll be meeting Cooper as Tom's lover and not just as Ryan's best friend.

So much story, love and life packed into 111 short pages.  The love that Cooper and Tom have for one another is evident in every touch and stolen glance at the other.  When Tom needs Cooper and doesn't even think to ask, Cooper comes running and he realizes that this is exactly where he is supposed to be.  They struggle to get both sides of their families to accept them for who they are and to see past their age gap long enough to focus on the obvious love these two have for one another.  

Just an amazing book and an amazing series.  I'm very much hoping there is another in the works but I'm definitely going to be picking up more of N.R. Walker's works here in the near future!  


“You nervous?” I asked him.

He looked surprised by my question. “No. Should I be?”

I smiled at his confidence. “I just don’t think Sofia will be very understanding.

No matter what she says, just remember, I’m on your side.”

“Ryan’s mom always liked me,” he said.

“She likes you as Ryan’s friend, yes,” I told him. “But as my boyfriend…”

He shrugged. “And all the guys who’ll be here this weekend?” he asked. “All Ryan’s friends, some of my friends, they’ll all be here too. We’re meeting them as a couple too.”

Shit. I hadn’t given that a thought.

Then Cooper took his hand off my thigh and looked out of the window as he spoke. “If you don’t want to…”

I pulled the car off to the side of the road, right near the driveway to the Casa.

I think I startled him. He looked at me, wide-eyed. “Cooper, listen to me,” I said seriously. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I know some people will have a hard time with us being together, because we’re gay men, and because of the age difference. But I don’t care. I’m proud to call you my boyfriend. For the life of me I can’t figure out why you’d want to be with me, but you do, and I’m more than happy to walk in there, holding your hand. But I don’t want you to feel pressured.”

“I don’t feel pressured,” he said. “And I can’t figure out why you’d want to be with me either, but you do.”

I nodded. “Yes, I do.”

He smiled, and leaned over the console and kissed me. “Thank you.”

I sighed and looked out of the windshield. “Well, this is it.”

Cooper followed my gaze, to the stone gate posts, to the chiselled sandstone sign on the post that read Casa de Elkin.

“It’s named after you?”

I nodded. “I designed this house,” I told him. “We named it Casa de Elkin, but have called it the Casa for years.”

Cooper gave me a weak smile. “Well then,” he said, trying to sound upbeat.

“Let’s do this.”

I slipped the car into first gear and pulled into the drive. I parked the car near the closed garage doors and by the time I’d popped the trunk, Ryan was walking out to meet us. He gave me a bit of a hug, then bumped fists with Cooper. “Hey,” he said. “Most of the guys will get here in the morning. Mom said it might be better if they all crash in the pool room, or wherever they pass out,” he said with a knowing smile. “But you guys have a guest room in the house.”

A guest room.

Ryan looked at me a little apologetically. “Sorry.”

“Don’t you apologise,” I told him. “It’s not my house anymore.”

We grabbed our bags and the gift box from the trunk and walked towards

the front door. Cooper asked me quietly, “Have you been back here in the last five years?”

“I spent two weeks here right after we separated,” I told him. “But not since then.”

“Come on,” Ryan said, opening the door. He turned to us and whispered,

“Mom’s in the kitchen.”

I took a deep breath and followed Ryan through the front living room and into the large open kitchen, where Sofia was dicing fruit.

She looked well. She was wearing a white dress and her trademark gold jewellery and her brown hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She looked at me, then at Ryan and finally at Cooper. She recognised him immediately. “Oh my, Cooper? Is that you?”

“Mrs Elkin,” he said politely.

She gave me a tight smile, but then leaned in and kissed Cooper’s cheek. “It’s so good to see you. Ryan never mentioned you were coming.” Then she looked at me.
“Did you bring Cooper with you? I thought you were bringing your friend.”

There was a beat of absolute silence then I said, “I did.” Sofia looked at me then at Ryan and Cooper, then back to me. “I brought Cooper…my boyfriend.”

Sofia laughed, but when I took Cooper’s hand, her smile died a slow, painful death. She looked kind of horrified. “Is this some kind of joke?”

Giveaway – 2 ebooks from N.R. Walker’s Backlist


I am many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.

I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don’t let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.

I like it when they do dirty, dirty things…but I like it even more when they fall in love.

I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.

I’ve been writing ever since…

Where can you find me?


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