Review: Imago (Imago #1) 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.

This read was cute. From start to finish it was cute. Marshmallows and bunnies cute - even if it did feature a very scary forest fire.

Lawson is one of those characters that comes along once in a while who just melts a reader with his  true self. He is unabashedly nerdy - if we want to stereotype him - he owns his quirks and is amazing at being himself. I loved the fact that, while he is a geeky character, he isn't a doormat. He stands up for what he believes in; academically, work-wise and in life in general.

He is passionate about butterflies, and isn't there something incredibly gorgeous about  a person with passion about anything? He is also very caring, so much so that he is willing to risk his own life to save other lives. He may not be a stereotypical hero, but he assuredly is one. To top it off - BOWTIES. He rocks a bowtie, so not only is he intelligent and caring, but a sexy dresser too. Let's face it, what's not to love??

What I liked even more, was that the other MC in this story - whilst still managing ton be of the opposites attract variety, wasn't a macho arsehole who could save the world with what he's got in his pants. You know the type I mean, right? All to often the opposite of 'geek' is 'overly macho'. Not Jack though. He is as passionate about his job in Parks and Wildlife as Lawson is about butterflies, and certainly whilst it is true he physically fitter (owing to the outside nature of his job) he is no less caring than Lawson.

I loved the fact that Jack uses his dog to help him judge people. Rosemary is a most important part of his life and he won't compromise that for anyone. Rosemary, Lawson and Jack made quite a trio and the romance here was - well, I've used the word cute but I do need to use it again, because gosh darn it, it was cute. Cute and lovely and awwwwwwwwwwwww...

A book for lazy Sundays in the sun, or a quiet morning read. I'm pretty sure it will leave you with a smile on your face, it certainly did me!
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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