Title: Imagines (Imago, #2)
Author: N.R. Walker
Release Date: April 9, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Established Couple
Page Count: 184
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
We learned in Book 1 that these books center around butterflies – both Lawson’s career studying them and the butterflies that take flight in his stomach at the though of Jack.
As gooey sweet and satisfying as Book 1 was, Book 2 is even more so. It’s six months into the future from where Imago ended, and Jack still wants Lawson to move in with him. Lawson is dying to, but doesn’t want to jinx the amazing relationship they have so far.
Some vacation time for Jack and a plea for help from another lepidopterist takes our boys to another part of the country in this installment.
While there is some low-key angst from external forces in this one, the relationship angst was nil. And I really wanted some, if I’m being honest. I love relationship angst (the non-manufactured non-drama variety), but this one bordered on too sweet.
It ticked off most of my boxes, because Walker is a brilliant writer, and it left me feeling like I was cuddling with a cloud. Definitely a strong follow up to the first.
P.S. Do not miss the deleted scene at the end! Holy crap!