Erryn reviews ‘Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Series Book 2)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was re-released on December 13, 2017 and is 152 pages. The audiobook was released May 23, 2019 by Love Lane Books Limited. It is 3 hrs and 47 mins and is narrated by Nick J. Russo.
Why Erryn read: I loved book 1 so leapt on book 2.
Book two in the Thomas Elkin series
When some lines blur, others become crystal clear.
Absolutely smitten, Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones have decided they’re prepared to give a relationship a try.
What they’re not prepared for is the reaction from their families, who try to force them apart. Both men are about to learn that there are lines that define us. Sometimes the lines blur, sometimes the lines become crystal clear.
My father taught me that every design has a clarity of lines that bind it, that define it, that make it. Lines that sometimes other people can’t see….that sometimes lines seem undefined but they aren’t blurred at all. Sometimes they’re crystal clear. Thomas Elkin
This book picks up where the first Thomas Elkin book, Elements of Retrofit, left off. Thomas and Cooper have shared the existence of their relationship with Thomas’ son Ryan. Who also happens to be Cooper’s friend. How does one break the news you’re dating your child’s friend? Thomas is forty-four and Cooper is twenty-two. A mature twenty-two to be sure, but he’s newly graduated from college and in his first architectural job in New York City. He’s also in love with Thomas and ready to let everyone know. Tom is still finding his way around in this relationship, but he’s not ashamed of dating his son’s friend. As when he came out four years ago, he’s no longer willing to hide who he is – from anyone.
Which is great in theory but not always so simple in practice. There are ex-wives, parents, and work colleagues, all of whom have opinions on the relationship. I held my breath each time the men shared their news. As they held hands and proclaimed their love. I cheered with each success and my heart broke a little when they faced devastating news. Again, their bond grew stronger.
Then there’s the little matter of living arrangements. Tom wants Cooper to move in but Coop has opinions of his own on the matter. As always, there’s plenty of witty banter and teasing. The dialogue is sharp and the humor evident. And the love – constantly the love.
Nick J. Russo again hits the narration on every note. He’s one of my favorites and perfect for this series. His voice for each character is perfect and I enjoyed it. I also got a kick out of the epilogue – it was a nice touch.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who 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…