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Clarity of Lines

Thomas Elkin Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Series: Thomas Elkin Series, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

©2015, 2017, 2019 NR Walker (P)2019 NR Walker

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Clarity of Love

This is as amazing as the first book I cannot get enough of the series with Nick J. Russo narration and N.R.Walkers words this audiobook is worth much more than five stars.

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I need more

Loved diving into this second installment of the Thomas Elkin series.

I laughed, I cried, I got frustrated at people, I fell more in love with Thomas and Cooper - I mean, it is a Cooper Jones thing to love him even more than before.

Nick Russo does a great job telling this story, and now I need the third book ASAP!

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  • Kirstin Reviewer
  • 24-05-2019

Perfection

This series has always been my go-to reread. My annual Christmas to New Year's read. It's always been comforting, wrapping my heart in warmth, giving me a laugh. I didn't think I could love it any more, but Nick J. Russo has just added a new dimension to Tom and Cooper's story and it's perfection. I am in awe. I have never teared up when reading, especially this middle book in the series, but the narration was just so spot-on and full of life, love and emotion. If I could give this audio book a zillion stars, I would.

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  • Annika
  • 07-08-2019

Absolutely amazing!!!

Tom and Cooper have been dating for six weeks and it’s time to let their families know. Well Ryan, Tom’s son knows but there is the scorned ex-wife and two sets of parents to let in on their relationship. And none of them are particularly happy about their relationship. So it’s no wonder that emotions run high in this book.

What I really, really loved was how Tom and Cooper stood beside each other through it all. They never faltered, there was no drama between them. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of drama going around, but not between our two guys. They just continued to love each other, continued to banter and in general kept moving forward.

I think I might have said this for the first book and if I didn’t I should have; but Nick J. Russo was born to narrate this series. It was made for him to narrate. In sort, it was perfect. He captured both Tom and Cooper perfectly. Cooper’s impishness and playfulness – not to mention his horniness was spot on, just like Tom’s new-found happiness over Cooper and the life he has now.

Another thing that he truly perfects is their age difference. Many narrators have problems narrating that kind of difference and still make both credible, Russo does it seamlessly and perfectly. His narration is so vivid that you see them both before you, hear their banter but more importantly see and feel the love they both share.

Clarity of Lines was fun, sweet and sexy. You will smile, laugh, possibly rage and shed a tear. But most of all, your heart will melt from all of the love that’s so present in this book.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 27-07-2019

Gen X + Gen Y = XY

"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.

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  • saskam98
  • 22-07-2019

Better than the first book

At first I didn't think there was really anything special about this installment. Narration was good, story was the usual, sexy times were good. But then Cooper got his chance to shine. I love he and Tom together, their banter, their ease at being with each other, how hot they always are for each other. But Cooper stepping up when Tom needed him, and then getting an epilogue from his point of view? Those two things took this from ordinary to extraordinary. And I understand wholly why people rave about this series.

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  • Sue C
  • 19-07-2019

loved it 👍👍

This is a terrific series with two strong main characters. Nick Russo does a fantastic job bringing both Thomas Elkin and Cooper Jones to life.

Enjoyed book 2 just as much as book 1.

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  • H. Martin
  • 14-07-2019

Clarity of Lines

This is one of my favorite series and I’m so happy to be able to listen to it on audio. The narrator does an absolutely fantastic job bringing Cooper and Tom to life. Grab this series now!!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 04-07-2019

Love this series!

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In book two Tom and Cooper are established as a couple, but there are obstacles to overcome.

Tom and his ex-wife and son. Cooper and his friends and his family.

Tom and Cooper also have to work out living arrangements. Tom just can’t quite find the words to convince Cooper to move into his apartment.

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In a lovely extension we get to move into the meat and potatoes of their relationship. Beyond the heat of attraction into the seriousness and the emotion.

I really love how NR Walker allows us to see her characters grow and change as the relationship changes. In this case using Tom’s asking Cooper to move in with him as a way to guage where he’s at emotionally is a very clever tool that both illustrates that Tom may still have some reservations about opening his heart and Cooper might also still be craving some independence.

The smexy times are super hot, too!

This is a wonderful sequel and the new cover is beautiful!

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Nick – as usual – is amazing. He has a fantastic ability to grab the listener without being obtrusive. He does a terrific job making all the characters unique.

Highly Recommended!

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  • Rachel_Emily
  • 14-06-2019

It's an I love you thing

Tom and Cooper are just everything. Their love, their sass, their perfection when they are together, is just a beautiful thing to read about. This is the second book in their trilogy and must be read in order. I love how Cooper can keep Tom on his toes, keep him guessing, and I love how perfect they are together. Tom and Cooper want to be openly together, which means telling both of their families. There is some humor, plenty of emotion, some tears, and plenty of love in this one too. Can't wait to get the final book in audio!

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  • Belen
  • 12-06-2019

BUY THIS SERIES

I'm only going to ask one thing: Have you already purchased Elements of Retrofit or Clarity of Lines in audio format? Nick J. Russo is simply a pleasure to listen to, with great character voices, timing, and a terrific pace. Frankly, this is a no-brainer: buy this series.

I love this series more every time I read it. Told again (mainly) from Tom's single POV (though Cooper does get his own chapter at the end 😘), this contemporary romance features an age gap that doesn't really matter, plenty of steamy scenes, some light, low angst, and a wonderful happy for now ending.

I can hardly wait for book 3: Sense of Place to release on audio!

Highly recommended!

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  • Zara
  • 07-06-2019

So good

I love this series. So good. And made even more amazing with great and very enjoyable narration. Can't wait to get the last one.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 20-06-2019

Great story

Well nerated, no problem knowing who was talking and the story by N R Walker written with her uaual talents

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  • Book addict
  • 29-05-2019

Good to catch up with the characters

I enjoyed catching up with these characters, but because you are in the middle of their story it wasn’t as engaging as the first book which was the build up and exciting start of their relationship. Still good though!

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  • BevS
  • 29-05-2019

Well done Mr Russo...

Wonderful narration by Nick J. Russo, and as this is an emotionally charged story, his interpretation was perfection [thank goodness Nic decided that a change of narrator was in order for this series]. The drafting table made several appearances 😉. The cost may be an issue for some people...quite expensive for a 3 hour+ narration really, but I got the audio for a cheaper price cos I bought the book back in 2015.

***Book Review 2015***

5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and 5 ♥♥♥♥♥ from me.... another delightful, delicious instalment of Nic's Thomas Elkin series of books. I read the first one on a plane from London to Lisbon...this one I stopped decorating the Christmas tree and just sat down and read it, and it couldn't have been more perfect, sigh.

I really do think that Cooper is the adult in this relationship...."How did you get so wise?" "I'm just smart like that". I kissed him with smiling lips. "You're just smug like that." "It's a Gen Y thing?" "It's a Cooper Jones thing". It has to be said that both guys are completely head over heels with each other, and as Cooper says "I've fallen in love with you, and if gender doesn't matter, then neither should age".

In this story, Cooper has his work cut out trying to convince Tom's jealous ex wife Sofia that he and Tom are really together and are the 'real deal' (and luckily they have Ryan's support)....and that's before they have to tell both sets of parents that they are a couple (and in Tom's case, he actually needs to 'come out' to his Mum and Dad as well), but as usual, the course of true love does not run smoothly for either of them, and there will be lots of tears before we reach the end of the tale. Congrats Nic, another wonderful story. ♡♡♡