Book Review: Thomas Elkin – Elements Of Retrofit – N.R. Walker

Elements of Retrofit[Book 1 of the Thomas Elkin series]

I am actually a sucker for May-December love stories and this one is probably one of the best series out there involving such affair and I just adored the couple here. Thomas Elkin is a successful New York architect who came out as a gay man before his fortieth birthday thus ending his almost twenty-year marriage. At forty-four, he’s as free to live his life the way he wanted especially now that his relationship with his son is back on track. Then came Cooper Jones, one of his new intern and an aspiring superstar in the world of architecture – also a friend of his son and is half his age. Their mutual attraction was palpable and Tom’s world is about to go upside down as Cooper shows him the life he’s been missing.

I do not have many issues about the MCs’ age gap here – I mean, I probably go awry if it’s more than 30 years gap because that’d just be weird – (that’s just for me though) but this one I find slightly awkward at first because Cooper actually went to school with Tom’s son, like they went to school together in High School and Tom’s actually older than Cooper’s Dad (like a month-older) but setting those aside, everything’s good with me.

I loved Cooper’s sassy attitude. He’s clearly very mature for his age and I think he balanced out Tom very well. I loved how Tom was trying to really gauge Cooper first before diving into the affair. After all, Cooper’s still very young and may very well have a change of heart. The good thing though is that Cooper attitude towards Tom and the way Tom reciprocates with Cooper was almost like a perfect semblance of how such affair should be handled. Even if clearly, Tom have made a lot (financially and built his reputation in the industry) – there was no barrier or distance that conflicted their budding relationship. This first book of the series was clearly very much focused on the merging of two generations and how both of them very well complimented each other. The issue about age was there and will always be there but I’m glad how their relationship seemed to be a lot stronger than this one factor. It’s a beautiful start of a series and I am so excited to read its second book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published October 4th 2013 by Total-E-Bound Publishing 

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