Saturday, April 15, 2017

ARC Review: Imagines by N. R. Walker

From The Blurb:
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 as 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.

Karen's rating:

Like the first book 'Imago' this one is also free of angst and drama. 'Imagines' is the sequel and the final chapter in this wonderfully sweet love story.

Lawson has been asked to travel to the far northern part of Queensland to help figure out why the Ulysses butterfly is dying. It's decided that he and Jack will make this their first vacation together. It's a working vacation for Lawson but not for Jack. A bit of a relationship test and happily these two passed with flying colors.

I love how supportive Jack is of Lawson's career and needless to say I'm really, really glad that Jack was with him. Lawson and Jack are a sweet and loving couple. They're supportive of each other and throughout both of these stories I never felt like that was something that either of them took for granted. I love my stories with their angst and drama and over the top things but sometimes it's just really nice to find a story like this where the relationship is really solid. That Jack appreciated and respected Lawson for his intellect and dedication to his career was for me reciprocated by the fact that Lawson showed him the same appreciation and respect and never acted like Jack was less because he didn't have Lawson's IQ or credentials. This was for me a well balanced relationship and the fact that these two men were totally hot for each other...well that worked too.

While Jack and Lawson did have a bit of an adventure on this one, which was good because otherwise...boring. I enjoyed that their adventure didn't include any unnecessary relationship drama.

The extra bonus in this story for me was the butterflies. I love it when a story prompts me to learn more about something and I admit I've spent most of my morning googling about butterflies specifically ones native to Tasmania and Australia...I might have peeked at Cane Toads too but that didn't last long I learned all I need to know in a matter of seconds...they're freakin' ugly...poisonous and ugly what a wonderful combo.

'Imagine' like 'Imago' was one of those stories that you could just curl up and enjoy knowing that at the end of it all you'd feel good and be smiling no gut clenching or ragey moments involved. Just a few butterflies and a couple of butterfly kisses...
"Jack, there are species of Lepidoptera all over this world, but there are none - none - like those I experience when I'm with you..." 
Sometimes I like drama and angst and blow shit-up, adventure and over the top romance, steampunk or fantasy but sometimes my heart calls out for a drama free, sweet, loving romance story about two people who just find each other and love one another and live happily ever after...psst...there's a deleted scene at the end of the book that's guaranteed to make you smile...just sayin'...


An ARC of 'Imagine' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.,13823614

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