Elements of Retrofit [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781844717
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/4/2013
  • Series: Thomas Elkin , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 89
  • Sales rank: 101,715
  • File size: 235 KB

Meet the Author

Who am I?

Good question…

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…
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Read an Excerpt

Looking out of my office window over the darkening New York City skyline, I could see my reflection in the wall of glass before me. Beyond the expensive suit and shoes, there was grey hair at my temples, my once-black hair was now salt and pepper, and there were creases at the corners of my eyes.

Forty-four years old. Forty-four. How did that happen?

It seemed like I’d missed half of my life. In many ways I had.

The light on the intercom flashed. “Mr Elkin?”

My receptionist was fifteen years older than me and had been my receptionist for ten years, since the day I’d started at the firm, and yet she never faltered in her professional etiquette.

“Yes, Jennifer?”

“Ryan is on line two. Would you prefer I take a message?”

“No, it’s fine,” I told her. “I’ll take it.” I pressed the speaker button. “Ryan?”

“Hey, Dad, yeah, it’s me.”

“Anything wrong?” I asked. It was unusual for him to call the office. “Still coming for dinner?”

“Yeah, yeah, it’s all good. Just about dinner,” he hedged, “I was just wondering if you’d mind if I brought someone?”

This surprised me. Since his mother and I had separated, it’d taken a while for things to get back to normal between us.

“Yes, of course, that’s fine,” I told him. “Someone special?”

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said with a laugh. I could hear muffled voices in the background. “Just ran into an old buddy from school. He just got into town, he’s by himself and I told him he could have dinner with us.”

“Okay, that’s fine,” I said. Ryan was very social, and growing up, he had forever had a crew of friends who lived at our place as much as their own. I’d quite often get home late to a den of high-school kids pretending to be asleep. I looked at my watch. “See you soon.”

I disconnected the call and pressed Jennifer’s line. “Can you please order dinner for three to be delivered to my home address?”

“Certainly,” she replied. “Thai? Italian? Japanese?”

“You choose.”

“Very well.”

There was a soft click in my ear and I went back to staring at the evening skyline for another half an hour, before packing my laptop into my satchel and walking out of the door. Jennifer gave me a polite smile. “Japanese, delivered to your door at seven-thirty.”

I smiled warmly at her. “Thank you, Jennifer.”

“Have a good weekend, Mr Elkin,” she said, knowing I’d be working all weekend. I worked most weekends. “I’ve taken the liberty to have lunch ordered for you tomorrow. Security will bring it up.”

“Don’t know what I’d do without you.”

She smiled proudly. “Have a good evening, Mr Elkin. Give Ryan my best.”

“I will.”

I took the elevator from the top floor of executive offices down to the executive marble lobby, walked a block to the executive marble lobby of my apartment building, took the elevator to the executive suite on the top floor.

Expensive. Polished. Predictable.

Those three words just about summed me up.

I’d been preoccupied lately, unsettled and lacking something. I’d quite often catch myself staring out of the window for some lengths of time, not able to recall a single thought. Maybe I needed a vacation. Maybe I’d take one after this next big contract was done.

I loved my job as an architect. Loved it. I loved the lines in structure, the quiet confidence in well-built, historical buildings, and I loved the superiority and functionality of modern design.

I loved my apartment, had some good friends and I even had an amicable relationship with my ex-wife, all things considered. My relationship with my son was better, good even. We’d had a rough patch when his mother and I first separated five years ago, but now at twenty-two years of age, he could see all sides of the situation and had made peace with it. With me.

I’d changed into jeans and a button-down shirt and poured my first glass of wine when there was a knock at the door. I checked my watch, and knowing the doorman would have sent Ryan straight up, I called out, “It’s unlocked.”

“Hey, Dad,” Ryan yelled from the door. I could hear him mumble something else and I remembered he was bringing company. My top-floor apartment was a large, open floor bachelor pad and the kitchen ran along the inside wall, out of line of sight from the front door.

“In the kitchen,” I replied. “You boys want a drink?”

Ryan walked in, followed by a face I didn’t recognise at first. “Dad, do you remember Cooper Jones?” Ryan asked, by way of introduction. “We went to high school together.”

The name yes, but he didn’t look a thing like I remembered. Gone was the gangly, awkward teenager, replaced by a fit-looking young man. He had messy short brown hair, a wide smile and mischief in his hazel eyes.

“Yes, I remember,” I said, extending my hand for him to shake. “You just grew up.”

Ryan rolled his eyes. “That’s what happens, Dad, when you don’t see someone for five years.”

Cooper shook my hand firmly. “Nice to meet you, sir.”

“Can I get you boys a drink?” I asked again. “Dinner will be here in about half an hour.”

I had my wine, they opted for a beer, and Ryan told me how Cooper’s family had moved to Chicago and how he’d lost touch with him through college, but Cooper had come to New York City for the summer. He’d literally checked into his room and gone in search for something to eat when he ran into Ryan on the street who then pulled out his phone and called me to see if he could tag along for dinner.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    This is the MM novel Elements of Retroit-Book 1 in the Thomas El

    This is the MM novel Elements of Retroit-Book 1 in the Thomas Elkins Series by N. R. Walker!

    Successful and very hot New York architect Thomas Elkin has almost everything in life he desires. He just came out of the closet after ending his marriage before his 40th birthday. This book takes place 4 years later and he and his son are back on track with their relationship after Thomas came out. Thomas thought he knew everything he needed to know about his career and life in general, that's what he thought anyways.

    Cooper Jones is a hot 22 year old architect who is already a pretty big deal in his field. With his amazing talents that he possess and the career driven ego he is about to explode on the architect world. He is now starting an internship with Thomas’ company. Thomas believes he can teach Cooper about the industry but it's Cooper who actually teaches Thomas about life and sex. Thomas does hold back and keeps Cooper at a distance due to their 22 year age difference.

    I knew by the first few lines that I would love this hot and romantic read. The way the author describes those hot and steamy kisses between Thomas and Cooper, I had to put my reader down as it was over heating or maybe I was ;). It was fun to see how their characters moved from professional to more romantic and how smooth the author was in her writing of these characters. She developed Thomas and Cooper so well that I wanted to actually know them and wanted the story to go and never stop.

    Not everything is as smooth sailing as we would like and both men have come to realize that in some road blocks that they faced. One of my favorite parts of the story is how they got to know each other slowly from professional relationship to one of a more romantic in nature. I was rooting for them from the very start.

    Will they be able to find true love with each other or will outside obstacles threaten their happiness? I’m so happy that the author will continue in Clarity of Lines in book 2 of the Thomas Elkin Series. I highly recommend this highly sexual and professional tense May/December story.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    Reviewed by Paul at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N.R. Walker This is t

    Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N.R. Walker

    This is the second book I’ve read by N.R. Walker and I hope to read more soon. Elements of Retrofit is an easy to read m/m romance novel. The plot and characters are well written and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, N.R. Walker is an excellent author!

    Thomas Elkin is successful but very much alone, he spends all his time working even on weekends. As you get to know Thomas you see how lonely he is and how much he desires to have someone in his life. We meet Cooper Jones who is a friend of Thomas son and just by coincidence Cooper ends up becoming an intern with Thomas firm.

    As Thomas gets to know Cooper you feel the sparks between them, but there are so many problems ahead. Thomas is 44 and Cooper is 22, besides the age difference, there is work and of course the issue that Cooper is one of his son’s good friends. Can these two put all these difference aside and maybe get what they both desire?

    Elements of Retrofit was a great read it’s about 2 men who are attracted to each other and have to decide if age is really just a number.

    I have rated Elements of Retrofit a 4 star rating and I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a reading a fantastic m/m romance novel; this is one to you need to purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014


    This one just left me saying "awww" what a perfect love story.

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