Title: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin Book 2) Author Name & Publisher: N. R. Walker -- Pride Publishing Publication Date & Length: August 11, 2015 -- 103 pages
Sometimes it’s not the two people in a relationship who fight falling in love, sometimes it’s those who love us that fight against it the most.
Finally together, forty-four year old Tom, and twenty-two year old Cooper, are ready to show the world they’re together. They’ve established their relationship is worth it, and want to share it with their families.
Both men thought accepting the age difference was their adversity to overcome, and theirs alone.
Their loved ones, however, will prove them wrong.
For their families, lines are drawn and start blur. Through a series of events, life shakes Tom’s foundations, the lines for him have never been clearer.
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Five Stars The second book following the lives of Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones was fantastic. I can't express how much I love N.R. Walker's series of books. This installment finds the men telling their family of their relationship. We meet the ex-wife in this book, boy I sure didn't like how sly she was. Ryan was back and he was great, I loved how he introduce Tom and Cooper to his friends. The chemistry between Tom and Cooper builds in this installment. There were times I was laughing at Cooper because he didn't like how Tom was asking him to move in. And then there were moments that brought me to tears. I definitely can't wait for the next book. Love this series!
If the first story developed Tom and Cooper’s working relationship, this second one lets us see the men at home, as a couple, properly together. There were moments I loved and several I could have done without. At times I was even more squeamish about the age gap than I was in the first story and there were a few times which kinda made me understand why Tom and Cooper don’t feel age matters at all.
The naivete with which the men make the trip to visit Tom’s ex-wife annoyed me. Sofia wasn’t written sympathetically until much later in the book. Of course she was going to be unhappy with her ex bringing home a handsome kid - one of their son’s friends! She’s been dumped after twenty years of marriage and her husband is shoving his virility in her face!
And yes, parts of this story read like a bad mid-life crisis. Tom continually talks about the youth he lost because he was married too young and raising a son in suburbia. But attending Linkin Park concerts and dating a 22 year-old won’t make him any younger.
Cooper just felt so young through this book. Drinking with his college friends. Bringing Tom home to meet his 17 year old brother and his father who is younger than his boyfriend. Not sexy. Dinner with Tom’s friends (Cooper studied their work in college). Again and again the men are shocked and hurt by people’s reactions to their relationship. What did they expect? I guess the sugar-daddy thing just doesn’t do it for me. It isn’t until much later in the book when we are able to see Cooper take care of Tom that I was able to relax into the relationship and start to enjoy it.
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