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Imagines is the Latin plural for Imago, and the only thing better than one metamorphosis, is two.
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.
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Imagines is such a wonderful followup to Imago. Absolutely gorgeous with imagery that took my breath away and a pairing that just made my soul sing. I absolutely love Lawson and Jack.
The story picks up a few months after Imago left off, with Lawson assisting Professor Warner Tillman with the conservation and study of the Tillman Copper butterfly and working toward his doctorate. Things between Lawson and Jack are perfect, though, Jack really wants Lawson to move in with him. Meanwhile, Lawson doesn't want to rush. But you get Lawson and Jack in the same room and they are completely drawn to one another.
“I love it when you hug me like that.” He nudged his nose to my ear. “Like what?” “Like it feeds your soul.”
In Imagines, Lawson is invited to Queensland to help find the cause of the decline of the Ulysses butterfly. They're dying and no one knows why. So Lawson and Jack combine a holiday with Lawson's work and set off to Queensland for a couple weeks. We have the anticipation of a first vacation together as well as Jack and Lawson being ready to take their relationship to the next level. Such wonderful anticipation!
I want to take a minute to thank NR Walker for not taking the angst to the "competitor" level. While I didn't trust Piers Bonfils, at all, I was happy he didn't pose a problem for our guys. Nope, the uncertainty and angst came from something else altogether. And I was holding my breath the whole time and even though I knew NR Walker wouldn't do that to us, still, the emotion it drew from me was thick.
Jack and Lawson are meant to be together. Forever and always. Their time in Queensland illustrated quite well, just to what lengths they will go for love and though life is terribly fragile, love is a force to be reckoned with.
“In entomology, we have a term we call imagines. It’s the plural of imago. And if imago is one butterfly reaching its full potential, then surely we, together, would be imagines."
Also, there was a deleted scene after the epilogue that I hope hope hope is included in the finished book. That scene was not necessary to the story that Imagines told, but I am a huge fan of homages to characters from other books and this one made me squee! Thank you, Nic!
I would definitely recommend both Imago and Imagines. They are fantastic and altogether gorgeous (with a side of adorkable). Plus -- butterflies and bow ties! And Aussie men -- what's not to love! Also, for those that have been wondering if Jack and Lawson get their HEA here? YES and it is a gorgeous HEA. There might have even been a tear or two.
NR Walker, once again, brings us adorkably wonderful Aussie men falling in love and I loved every single minute of this series.
** A free copy of this book was provided as part of the review tour. **
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 live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless 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.
She’s been writing ever since…
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