Author: N.R. Walker
Release Date: 02-21-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
It’s happy dance time again cause I freakin’ loved this book. Let’s face it, NRW is the master at writing a story and creating characters that you just can’t help falling in love with and she’s pulled it off yet again. The MC’s were so darned adorable and I found myself grinning like an idiot right from the first to last pages.
So, our first MC is Lawson. He’s a bowtie-wearing, geeky, well spoken and incredibly outspoken genius. He’s on his way to Tasmania, having been entrusted with the task of searching for a type of butterfly that he’s not even sure exists. On the plane journey, he finds himself sitting next to our other MC, Jack. It’s not the smoothest of introductions but Jack likes what he sees and despite what Lawson may verbalise, the gorgeous blush on his face says the feeling is mutual. When an unfortunate mix up in pre-arranged car hire leaves Lawson stranded, Jack comes to the rescue by offering a lift. He’s not a man who is willing to pass up the chance of spending some time with this attractive nerd so the pair find themselves stuck in a car together on the final part of their journey. Despite first impressions, it turns out that they may have more in common than originally thought and fate lends a helping hand by throwing the men together again. It just so happens that Jack works for the local Parks and Wildlife trust and will be acting as Lawson’s guide during his search. When opposites attract and two so very different people with a mutual attraction are thrown together, you know that sparks are going to fly. Lawson may only be in town for a short time but the men quickly realise that they don’t want what they have, to end when the week does.
I loved the fact that Lawson isn’t your run of the mill, wish-washy geek that needs a knight in shining armour to swoop in and save him. He’s always been accused of being incapable of carrying out normal human interactions and despite his awkwardness, he stands up for himself and never shies away from making his opinion known. These qualities that normally drive people mad are the things that make him more attractive in Jack’s eyes. It’s so refreshing to read a book where the MC’s are open and honest with each other and aren’t keeping their thoughts to themselves in order to create drama and tension in the story.
I loved the descriptions of the area in which they stayed – it sounds absolutely beautiful and is so well described that you can easily picture it. Other characters appear throughout the book but they don’t play a huge part so there’s no confusion about who’s who and who’s doing what and there is no unrealistic insta-love. Jack and Lawson’s attraction and chemistry is obvious but their relationship moves at a rate that is appropriate to their characters and it makes the build up to the ‘main event’ (if you know what I mean?!) a whole lot sexier.
Finally, no story would be complete without a bit excitement. NRW had me on the edge of my seat wondering what exactly was going to happen and hoping that all involved would be ok. I’m pleased to report that all’s well that ends well and there’s a definite HEA *phew*. What else can I say other than stop reading this review and start reading the book already – it’s awesome.