Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ARC Review: Imago by N.R. Walker

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.

Dani's rating:

This book is a breath of fresh air, a rainbow on a sunny day. Forget angst and pain. Forget drama. This is a feel-good story all the way.

Lawson is an easily flustered lepidopterist (butterfly expert) who makes bowties look sexy. He's visiting Tasmania from Melbourne on a sort of work study to look for a species of butterfly that a retired professor swears exists (but that no one else has actually seen). Lawson is nothing if not dedicated and isn't afraid to take a stand against the mainstream lepidopterist (this is my new favorite word!) community. 

Jack is a Ranger who works for Parks and Wildlife. He offers a stranded Lawson a ride from the airport, and the rest is flirting, perfect dates, and long, lingering kisses.

Lawson is a little prickly and awkward, but Jack is all honey and tenderness. The men spend a lovely week together, until a bush fire threatens to destroy everything for which Lawson has worked.

Honorable mentions go to Jack's friend Remmy, who provides amazing pastries that win over Lawson's heart (with a little help from Jack, of course), and Rosemary the dog (who was given a proper role in the story).

Jack and Lawson share a few sexy moments, but the steam is fairly subdued (more sensual than dirty). The book ends on a strong HFN. Jack and Lawson's story isn't over, not by a long shot.

I want to add that I have read Julie Bozza's The Butterfly Hunter and besides featuring a lepidopterist, the two books are nothing alike.

I loved this quiet story and am looking forward to reading more about Jack & Lawson.

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