Title: Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin: Book 1)
Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker — Pride Publishing, LLC
Publication Date & Length: Oct 4, 2013 — 89 pages
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.
This is a simple, sexy romance. A well-respected New York architect falls for his young intern. Who also happens to be his son’s school friend. The May/December thing made me a bit squeamish at times, but the men have chemistry, shared interests and together they compliment each other’s personalities.
The voices of the two main characters were very convincing, so much so that they didn’t always seem completely compatible. When he isn’t working, Cooper sounds like he’s 22. Which he is. But this isn’t a new adult story. At one point, Tom gives his son a Playstation and Cooper runs off to play it with Ryan. Not so sexy. At other times, Tom’s interactions and conversations with Cooper don’t sound much different to his conversations with Ryan. Teasing the old guy or putting the drunk young guy to bed doesn’t scream sexy to me.
Fortunately, much of the couple’s interactions occur in the workplace and their conversations explore their shared professional interests. Because professionally, the relationship is wonderful. When they share their work, the attraction makes sense.
I really liked both of these characters, and at times I enjoyed them together. I’m not sure I can see them together for the next forty years, but this is a satisfying short romance full of very hot sex.
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…