Clarity of Lines (Belen’s Review)

Title: Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2)
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Word Count: 34,313
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


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.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

This review is for the 2015 release copy.

I love this series.

In book two we get to see the training wheels come off and the progression from dating to being in a full, loving relationship. We also get to the introduction stage with Tom’s ex, Cooper’s parents, and Cooper and Tom’s various friends…and all that awkwardness.

The story begins with Tom and Cooper planning a trip to the Hamptons for Tom’s son Ryan’s birthday. They’ll be staying with Tom’s ex Sofia.

“You nervous?” I asked him.
He looked surprised by my question. “No. Should I be?”
I smiled at his confidence. “I just don’t think Sofia will be very understanding. No matter what she says, just remember, I’m on your side.”
“Ryan’s mom always liked me,” he said.
“She likes you as Ryan’s friend, yes,” I told him. “But as my boyfriend…”
He shrugged. “And all the guys who’ll be here this weekend?” he asked. “All Ryan’s friends, some of my friends, they’ll all be here too. We’re meeting them as a couple too.”
Shit. I hadn’t given that a thought.
Then Cooper took his hand off my thigh and looked out of the window as he spoke, “If you don’t want to…”
I pulled the car off to the side of the road, right near the driveway to the Casa. I think I startled him. He looked at me, wide-eyed.
“Cooper, listen to me,” I said seriously. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I know some people will have a hard time with us being together, because we’re gay men, and because of the age difference. But I don’t care. I’m proud to call you my boyfriend. For the life of me I can’t figure out why you’d want to be with me, but you do, and I’m more than happy to walk in there, holding your hand. But I don’t want you to feel pressured.”
“I don’t feel pressured,” he said. “And I can’t figure out why you’d want to be with me either, but you do.”
I nodded. “Yes, I do.”

This is really the only angsty bit in the entire thing, and it is such a cringe-worthy scene because Tom doesn’t give Sofia any warning of just who (or how old) his new boyfriend is.

She put the knife down, which was probably a good thing. “How about a little warning, Tom? How about a phone call before you got here, to say you’re dating someone who went to school with our son?”
“Okay,” I conceded. “Yes, I probably should have given you some warning. I apologize.”

Next up it’s time for Tom to meet Cooper’s parents. You know what awkward is? When you have your lover who is one month older than your father meet your parents.

But through all the good times and bad, the one constant is they are there for each other, to support and shore up.

He fit against me perfectly. He felt right—his arms, his smell. Everything. He was…everything.

PS I Love you
I love this series more every time I read it. This is just an absolutely terrific, low angst May/December romance, with no miscommunication, hot sexy times, and a sweet HFN!

Also, there’s another bonus chapter told from Cooper’s POV!


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Copy generously provided by Pride Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

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Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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