Published ~ 10th April 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.
When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.
Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.
But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it's not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance
A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.
This is the beautiful butterfly sequel to Imago, which I adored when it was released in February. I was so eager to read this and was very hopeful that it would live up to expectations, and it really did, it surpassed them. Everything I loved in the first book we got and more in this one. I kept breaking out into mini rounds of applause, clapping my hands in glee like a child, that’s how much I stupidly loved it.
Man mountain Jack Brighton and nerdy Lepidopterist Lawson Gale have been in a relationship for six months now and both working hard. Lawson on his conservation work with the Tillman Copper butterfly and Jack on the regeneration of the bush fire ravaged Tasmanian national park. In this story we see them embark upon a working vacation to Queensland for Lawson to work alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils at the Cairns Butterfly Conservatory assisting on a study of the Ulysses butterfly. On route they stop off for a lovely meet the parents’ moment. Lawson is his usual, nervous self over introducing Jack and his family but it goes well and I loved Lawson’s mum for her non filter, hippyish ways. The humour as always, really adds to this book.
The work Lawson undertakes with Piers Bonfil looking at the dying Ulysses butterfly species was fascinating. A lot of research has gone into the science of this book and I was quite gripped by this. The science is detailed but not so as it overwhelms, more just explains. However, this is where a lot of the drama plays out and boy were there a couple of heart in the mouth moments, especially when we all know just how dangerous Australian wildlife can be.
Jack and Lawson are just as sweet and adorable together as in Imago and their sex life even hotter! It was great to see them move forward in all aspects of their relationship, still as compatible as ever. The love and trust between them explored a little more in this book which I really enjoyed seeing. The care that Jack gives Lawson is so touching, at one point in the story Jack surprises Lawson with a wonderful, romantic gift that had me quite envious of his thoughtfulness. The ability of the author to keep things charming, tender and romantic and not veer into overly cheesy, saccharine stuped sweetness is greatly appreciated as it is so easily done.
The ending, the ending... *dreamy sigh* it was utter perfection! I was grinning so wide, my heart so happy, especially at the nod to the first date. I couldn’t have asked for anymore, except the author gives us more, in fact she treats us to the biggest easter egg ever! There is a deleted scene included at the end and if you are a fan of this author’s work, your face will split in half from all the grinning. I just kept saying “yes, yes I can totally see that”. A wonderful way to finish this charming book. Imago and Imagines are books I will return to over and over for the beautiful couple that are Jack and Lawson and for the fluffy comfort and charming romanticism. Can’t praise them highly enough or recommend them more.
Imago (Book #1)
Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.
Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.
But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.
Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.
Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.
Meet N.R. Walker
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.
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.
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