Erryn reviews ‘Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin Series Book 3)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was re-released on January 17, 2018 and is 150 pages. The audiobook was released July 10, 2019 by Love Lane Books Limited. It is 4 hrs and 5 mins and is narrated by Nick J. Russo.
Why Erryn read: I’m completely addicted to this series.
Book three in the Thomas Elkin series.
Designing homes is easy. Finding home is something else entirely.
Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones finally have the support of their families, and their love grows stronger every day. Now living together, they think nothing can stand in their way.
But there are outside influences trying to pull them apart.
Cooper encounters a man, closer to his age and with connections high up the property development chain, who wants Cooper as his own. Tom encounters discrimination and a hidden agenda from a fellow senior partner who’s trying to take him down.
No matter what the world throws at them, Tom and Cooper are the real deal. Age differences aside, Tom has finally found his sense of place. His one true center, his home.
Definition – Sense of Place: a quality of design where the building and/or space achieves a sensory, emotional, and spiritual connection with the site in which it is placed.
I’ll start with Nick J. Russo’s narration of this series. Many of Ms. Walker’s early books are set in the United States with American characters and although I adore her later series set in Australia, I do enjoy the early works. Nick is the perfect narrator for these books and I’m so glad the collaboration worked out as well as it did.
This is the third and final installment of the series. Thomas is living with his boyfriend Cooper and things are moving along well. Or so it seems. Cooper is also an architect and his new project boss is a younger man who knows what he wants and does everything he can to get it. In this case, he wants Cooper and the fact the young man is in a relationship doesn’t hamper Xavier in his desire to own Cooper. Thomas wants to lay claim to Cooper but can’t quite get past the feeling that he’s too old for him. Too set in his ways. Too old school.
Cooper, for his part, loves Thomas. He tells Tom he’ll ‘only say yes when you get it right’. Since Tom hasn’t actually proposed, he can’t figure out how he’s gotten it wrong. It’s very reminiscent of the last book when Cooper held out on moving in with Tom until he ‘got it right’. Cooper’s attitude is endearing because as cocky as he comes off, he isn’t as sure as he seems. The visit of his family gives him some much needed grounding and, to Tom’s surprise, his position in Cooper’s life is more accepted than it was before. Even Cooper’s dad seems to be more accepting.
But life is not all roses and champagne. Tom is facing questions in his office and he’s not sure where the issues are coming from. Eventually he has to make a decision about whether the fight is worth it. For Cooper? Of course. But the rest? Not so much certainty.
I love this book, and the entire series, because, at the heart of it, is a love story. How Gen X and Gen Y can come together. How twenty-two years can be seen as a benefit when there’s true love. Cooper is always steady in his support of Tom and, finally, Tom accepts that they are meant to be together. That Cooper knows what he wants.
There is a scene near the end of the book that did show the men’s understanding of each other. Winston was just perfect.
I can’t recommend this series highly enough. They are classic N.R. Walker and one of the reasons she’s one of my favorite authors. Great work.
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…