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 realizes. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bow ties, 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, bow ties, and butterflies.
Contains mature themes.
You know how sometimes you get in a reading “groove” – not good, not bad, but a trend seems to emerge totally on it’s own? Well, lately my “groove” has been one of very angsty, emotional, dark stories with a lot of hurt/comfort overtones and many tears. So, when I began reading this, it was like stepping into the sun after a week of rainstorms!
As always, NR Walker’s writing is smooth, flowing and effortless. She engages the reader right from the first paragraph and never lets the thread drop. Jack is – even from page one – a sweet, big guy looking for something more than just a hook-up. Boom. I’m on the hook, right there!
Then, Jack bumps into a nerdy, quirky, sweetheart of a man who doesn’t know his own appeal. The deal is sealed!
With what feels like a plausible set of coincidences our two MCs find themselves in close quarters in search of a butterfly that doesn’t exist!
The romance is slow but steady, not quite low-steam, but certainly on the more tame side. What captivated me – in addition to the romance – was all the information that the author included – without feeling pedantic – about insects and animals and nature in general. It’s like a lovely little trip to Tasmania without having to read a travelogue!
I highly enjoyed this and since it’s listed as book one in a series, I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to see more of our MCs or a new set. As it stands, our guys end up in a very happy place, and they feel more or less settled, but I sure would have liked to see them a few years down the line – maybe we will?
5 of 5 stars
I don’t think this was the best narrator for the job I was a bit disappointed with this choice and honestly I’d been expecting Joel Leslie – and he would have hit this out of the park.
3 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars