Imago (Renee’s review)

Title: Imago (Imago, #1)
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 158
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level:  4 flames out of 5
Rating:  4 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 book was so cute. Lawon Gale is the definition of adorkable. Bow tie and suspender-wearing Lawson catches Jack’s eye on a flight from Melbourne to Launceston. Jack offers Lawson a ride when there’s a mixup at the car rental. After determining that Jack is not, in fact, a serial killer, Lawson agrees and Jack is smitten in the short car ride.

Lawson can’t believe that this hunky man is showing interest and flirting, but he’s definitely willing to go with it. Lawson may be a geeky introvert, but he definitely knows how to speak his mind. And tell Jack exactly what he wants.

The story was the perfect amount of sexy and sweet. From the first kiss, both men know this is something.

…”I’m not certain I’ve ever actually forgotten to breath before now.”

This was a low angst, almost completely relationship-driven story that was a true pleasure to read. The only angst involved is what will happen when Lawson’s weeklong search for a non-existent butterfly is over.

When the intent of the title was revealed, I’ll admit it…..I swooned. I cannot wait for Book 2 (no cliffie) to arrive so I can eat up some more of their story. It was truly a warm cup of hot chocolate on cold, winter day.

“I believe I found a type of butterfly that exists only in my belly which only makes itself known when I think of you.”

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Galley copy of Imago provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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