Imago (Lili’s Review)

Title: Imago (Imago #1)
Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 2441 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.


This story was all kinds of adorable fluff. It’s the story of nerdy a lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, and Wildlife Officer Jack Brighton. Jack’s longing for more than the occasional hookup and was smitten with Lawson as soon as he saw him. He found everything about him endearing, cute, and sexy.

Lawson, on the other hand, wasn’t immediately sold on Jack- well, nothing past looks. But the forces of fate push them together, and Jack, not one to waste an opportunity snatches his chance to have more time Lawson. The story spans a week of kisses, nature, and some of the most romantic dates I’ve ever read.

My highlights:

-Narration: alternating POVs. I can’t even convey how happy this made me. I have to admit there have been times in the past I wished we’d gotten both POVs in NR Walker’s stories. It felt like Christmas came early when I reached chapter two and realized we were getting both POVs.

-Jack and Lawson. It was impossible not to come to care for them. Their personalities forced you to root for them.

-Drama free. There’s no villain lurking wanting to break them up or do them harm. No unnecessary, contrived arguments. It’s a simple story of two men falling in love.

-Steam. It’s not heavy on the sexy times, but the scenes it has are sensual and accentuate the connection between Lawson and Jack.

-I also appreciated how much research when into writing this book. Yes, it’s a simple story of two men falling for each other, but there was plenty of research that had to have been done to make the story believable.

-The end. Although there’s a book 2, the story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, and we get a strong HFN.

NR Walker has a gift for delivering feel good stories that sweep us away into her worlds causing us to forget about any struggles, and instead, we get lost in romance and happily ever afters. 4.5 Stars♥

He put his hand to my face and we kissed as I made love to him. Rocking slowly, savouring every second of being inside him. My climax built, slow, and steady, and Lawson held my face as I came.

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant