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Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1)

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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
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Published October 4th 2013 by Total-E-Bound Publishing (first published October 3rd 2013)
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Dec 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-dream-man

3.5 stars

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 thi
Jun 29, 2016 Gigi rated it it was amazing
Re-read June 2016. Just as spectacular as the first time and now I have all 3 books to read in a row, which I didn't before. Excited to spend more time with Tom and Cooper.

Another yummy start to a new series from N.R. Walker! Yay! I usually shy away from May/December romances, but these obnoxiously adorable boys talked me into an acceptable level of comfort in their age difference by the end of the book. I have confidence anyone with an age difference problem will be fine with it too.

If you like
Elements of Retrofit is the first book of the Thomas Elkin series.

Thomas Elkin is an icon in the architecture world. He is successful, uptight and very lonely. He is “expensive, polished and predictable.” But life is not predictable at all, and now it brings a delicious, mesmerizing surprise. It’s Cooper.

Cooper Jones is a young, dedicated and very talented architect. And he is seriously and irresistibly hitting on Tom.

Jesus. I wasn’t imagining things. This kid was seriously flirting with me. F
There's not an NR Walker book I haven't not loved and most have been 5 star reads mainly because I always connect with every one of her MC's. She just gets the chemistry and sexual tension right in her romances and that's the big plus for me. This one I was a little wary of because I'm not the greatest fan of older / younger man pairings but get it right and I'm a happy bunny... And * sigh* Nic does gets this right, so after finishing I'm hopping, smiling and chewing on a carrot!

Thomas is 44, C
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***4.5 Stars***

I absolutely adored Tom and Cooper and this introduction to them!!

It was never supposed to be complicated. It was never supposed to be anything. I certainly was never supposed to be involved with a man I worked with, a man half my age. I was never supposed to have feelings for him, or to enjoy every moment I spent with him.

I loved how easy Tom and Cooper's evolution was. Their age difference didn't bother me one bit. Cooper was assertive, mature and ridiculously endearing. To
Jan 03, 2014 Ami rated it really liked it
Usually, I will be reluctant to read a May/December romance. And in here, not only Thomas and Cooper has 22-years age gap, but there is another 'icky' factor for me, that Cooper is Thomas's son best-friend (and they are in same age). However, there are some factors that contributed to my enjoying this story and gave it my 4-stars rating

** Sometimes I simply needed a light, fluff, sweet, no-angst, no-drama read. This one fits the bill to the "t". Yes, Thomas worried about their age gap, and the f
3.8 Stars - an interesting 100-page romance about attraction at work and a lover who is twice as old as the young beautiful cheeky guy he feels drawn to.

This was very tastefully told about the 44 year old architect Thomas Elkin's awakening attraction to a younger new man at the architect office. It is the talented, promising and so delightfully charming Cooper who also happens to be an same age friend of Thomas 22 year old son Ryan.
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This questionable topic with age difference is as made for a
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧ •°**★Camelot Dreamer❧ •°**★
4 STAR Sweetness.

What I Loved~

I love that dance...oOohhh man that dance....was HOT!
I have a weakness for two men in suits, I love it, it so dang YUM!
I loved both MCs
I loved both their persona's
I loved the son and his "I'm gonna gag" response, I LMAO on that one.
But most of all I love the sweetness of their relationship.

My Personal Pet a Peeve

The age difference was a bit to far apart (20 years) that's just my personal pet peeve demon.

Nonetheless ---> LOVED!

4.5 stars!

Loved this! So sweet. The Red Dirt Heart series by N.R. Walker is one of my favorites, and I thought this was just as good. What stands out to me about her writing is that she has a talent for developing memorable characters. She doesn't write a bunch of physical description filler, which is so common in romances. The sex scenes were hot, but they were also romantic and intimate. I actually even re-read a couple of them...*pervy grin*. I'm reading the next one now, so longer review to
*** New cover, extended edition has just come out, and on August 18th, the PRINT edition of the Thomas Elkin series is available from Pride Publishing, woot!! Guess who's already got it in her Wishlist!!***

This book was my read of choice on a recent trip from London to Lisbon, and well worth the wait. As is usual for me with Nic's books, it's a total keeper. 4.5 stars and

Shortie review. Thomas Elkin, a 40's something architect meets up with his son who has brought a friend with him to dinner
Jan 24, 2014 MishyJo rated it really liked it
This is what I would call a "relationship" book: It told the story of Cooper and Thomas's meeting, falling in love, and developing relationship without a lot of plot. I love these kinds of books when they are well done. This book here, well, it was well done.

The MCs shared love for architecture made for interesting conversation and Thomas's mentor to lover role flowed naturally from this shared interest. Thomas's reluctance to pursue the relationship despite his attraction to Cooper and the way
Mar 20, 2014 Mona rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
I LOVED this super cute and fun read!! The characters were awesome and I loved them together. I don't think the age difference mattered much...they're simply made for each other. I was delighted to be apart of their growing relationship, from the bedroom. I will definitely be reading the others in this series.

"Yes, Yes, I want dinner. Yes, I want more. Once wasn't enough," I blurted out. "Once was never going to be enough."


"What am I to you?"
"Mesmerising. Confounding. Amusing."

Apr 23, 2015 Anke rated it it was amazing
First read Sept. 29, 2013:

When will I finally learn it? START A SERIES WHEN AT LEAST A FEW, IF NOT ALL BOOKS ARE OUT, STUPID!!! Now I did it again! I started this series - how many will there be, btw? 3? - and I loved this book, yes, really. This is what I call a romantic love story and the May/Dec. angle was an added plus. It has a wonderful pacing of the story, from start to finish. Yes, a bit fairy tale like but it totally fits the story line and the characters. *sigh* This could have been qu
Jul 03, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mm

****4.5 Stars****

This is my very first book by this author.
I've decided to venture here because I've read a review a few days ago
(Gigi's) where I found out that one of the guys - Mr. Elkin was a 44 year old.
The other? 22 *whispering* same age as Mr. Elkin's son.
In fact, Cooper Jones - the 22 year old boy, was a friend of Mr. Elkin's son, from high school.
I am a sucker for age gaps.
I am going straight to #2
Loved the author's voice.
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
4.5 Stars!

Part 1 of a 3 part series of novellas following Cooper and Thomas.

I really enjoyed this series. Book 1--Elements of Retrofit--introduces us to Cooper and Thomas.

Thomas is a 44 year old, recently divorced architect. As he approached his 40th birthday he finally decided to admit his sexuality.

His wife and 22 year old son weren't exactly thrilled. But over the last 4 years, Thomas and Ryan's relationship has improved.

Cooper happens to be Ryan's old friend from college. He's introduced
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I picked it up today at ARe on sale for $0.99


N.R. Walker wrote one of my favorite ménage stories Three's Company.
I've enjoyed all of her stories, and this one was no exception.
Thomas is a 44 year old successful architect. He ended his marriage and came out a few years prior.
He loves his son, his work and his life, but he feels something is missing.
Enter stage left, Cooper.
Cooper is not only a very promising intern and half Tom's age, no he's even friends with his son.
Except i
Dec 14, 2013 Heller rated it really liked it

I was not expecting to like this as much as I did but boy did it ever work for me. When Walker hits it right, it is out of the park and I cannot get enough.

There's a 22 year age difference between Tom and Cooper and I went into this with a semi-cringe because it's not really a kink that I like to read about often. Colour me surprised that it didn't bother me at all. While the men are distinctly different in their outlooks, I found those differences really worked for me and I could see how th
Trisha Harrington
Loved it even more the second time around. The added content was great, too.
Denise H.

*** What a wonderful older/younger M/M romance !! ***
Thomas/Tom, successful, famous Architect, is graying a bit and 44.

He's 4 years divorced, from a woman, and exploring his new gay life. Experience he has gotten, yes, but a true male boyfriend relationship, no.
Cooper, his son's friend, is a new Intern at the firm,

as his dream is to be an Architect. Two suit and tie architect nerds who have so much in common, open up, free their lust, form a bond and make their lives happier. Their differenc
Jan 04, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it
This story had great chemistry, wonderful sexual tension and internal dialogue I loved, witty banter, but way too short. I have not read many stories with the May/December trope, and it worked fine for me. But when you throw in the friend of his son and my yuck factor goes up. Not a lot mind you, but I can’t help but try and picture it in real life and i get a yucky look on my face.

Moving on from that i absolutely adored Thomas Elkins, OMG the man is swoon-worthy. Throw in the hot, energetic, ad
Jul 22, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it
This is another wonderful story by N.R. Walker. As always, there is romance, humor and hot sex.

Thomas Elkin is a 44 y/o, successful NYC architect. Four years after his divorce and coming out, Thomas has just gotten his relationship with his 22 y/o son back on track, he has dated and had his share of one night stands, but no relationships of any length. Cooper Jones is 22 y/o, summer intern at Thomas' architectural firm. He is smart, passionate and just happens to be a high school friend of Thom
Mar 20, 2014 Cory rated it really liked it
OK....I loved this book! I love Tom, I love Cooper, I love Jennifer....hell, I even loved the doorman Lionel.

Cooper is awesome! I loved the shit the would come out of his mouth. He was witty and charming, direct and somewhat in your face, but that worked so well for him. The parts I loved most were when he was a little vulnerable. That just made him so perfect for me. His interactions with Jennifer, Ryan, and Lionel were great. And he just fit so well with Tom.

I loved Tom as well. It's a little
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
A lovely read and hopefully the beginning to a great series. The age difference between the MCs worked for me. I liked that Tom's son wasn't a big brat about his dad getting together with one of his friends. Cooper was adorable, although I'm not sure I got enough of Cooper and Tom together to truly root for their relationship.

I wanted more on-page action. There was almost no sex on the page and very little angst; this was the appetizer, if you will. On to book 2.
Nov 07, 2014 Sunny rated it really liked it
Oh... This one took me by surprise. Yes, it was sweet and light, but it was also so very lovely. A lovely, gentle read that took me to a happy place. It also made me laugh; the bantering was so well done, funny and not obnoxious. And those kisses! If there was a best written kiss award, this would be a top nominee.

... Still smiling :)
Kaje Harper
Jan 03, 2014 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, comfort-reread
This is a fast, smooth first-person narration of a middle-aged, recently-come-out architect finding the first man he's really able to connect with both in bed and out of it. Thomas has had a few short encounters, and he's not agonizing about being gay. But he is swept up in discovering that the new guy in his firm, Cooper, has a passion for both architecture and sex that matches his own. They fit, so well, in so many ways. Except that Cooper is his intern, half his age, and a friend of his grown ...more
Dec 16, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it

Great story from an awesome author. Every single book written by N.R. Walker is just amazing. They help to get me to a happy place where I want to stay forever. Fuck the real life!

Thomas Elkin, a successful New Yorker architect, 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, he thinks he knows everything about architecture and about life.

Twenty-two years old Cooper Jones is about to take the ar
Oct 30, 2014 Natasha rated it really liked it

This is a beautiful little story without a word out of place. It packs a huge punch in just a few pages, and you really have to appreciate something like that.
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝

Elements of Retrofit was such a delicious book.... Am craving for Book 2! *Geez Amazon UK, you are charging it way too expensive, grrrrr*

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Mr. Thomas Elkin is our scrumptious talented boss who came out finally after years and years keeping in.

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Now that, he is separated from his wife, and his son visits him regularly at his apartment. One day, he came along with Cooper. Little did Thomas knew that Cooper will turn his life upside down.

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Cooper joins in as an intern under Thomas. Everything heats u
Dec 28, 2014 Elizabetta rated it really liked it

3.5 stars
Reviewed for The Blog of Sid Love

This is my first book by NR Walker and it won’t be my last. I gotta say… I liked it very much. It’s about some good, old-fashioned, older man and younger man attraction.

Thomas Elkin feels as if half his life has been wasted. He spent twenty years married, living a lie. Now, divorced, and with one semi-serious boyfriend under his belt, he still hasn’t found that special someone, and he buries himself in his work. He is a senior architect at his firm and
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Holy shit, holy shit, Ho.Ly.Shit.

Why did I love this story so much? Why? I'm kind of at a loss here because there's just something about this story that spoke to me. Maybe it was the lack of melodrama. I liked that there was a little bit of possessiveness, but it never went over the top. Thomas and Cooper respect and trust each other through everything, and that is truly something special to witness. I loved both of them separately, and as a couple, they were a force to be reckoned with. The age
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