Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review Tour ~ Imago by N.R. Walker ~ (Reviews, Guest Post + Giveaway)

Length: 45,000 words


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.

5 Stars

This was such a great story. I loved both Jack and Lawson, both individually and together. Especially together. They were sweet and their chemistry was off the charts. The sexual tension palpable. The sex smoking hot!! I loved the progression of their relationship, although it was a bit quick and kind of instalove, it worked. I loved that they didn't rush right into sex, but took their time to explore one another.

I'm not a butterfly person by any means, but Ms. Walker brought the subject to light in an interesting manner that was detailed enough to make it understandable, but not so detailed it ends up boring you. I just can't say enough how much I loved these men and I can't wait for the continuation of their story to see what the future has in store for them!!

A well-written, well paced, enjoyable story that left me with the warm and fuzzies and craving more!! Highly recommended!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.*

5+ Butterfly Kisses Stars!!!

Lawson Gale is in Tasmania to visit a fellow lepidopterist who needs his help to find an elusive butterfly he saw once almost 50 years ago and haven’t been able to find again. He meets Jack Brighton on his flight over and Jack saves him when his car rental falls through, leaving him basically stranded at the airport and unable to get to his appointment. 

Jack can’t stop himself from helping Lawson and even if he’s not his usual type, there’s something about him that draws Jack in. Working for the Parks and Wildlife office in Tasmania, he’s in the perfect position to aid Lawson on his mission. It doesn’t hurt that they get along famously, despite Lawson not being precisely a people person. 

They only have a week, though. Will that be enough to forge what would end up having to be a long-distance relationship? And will Lawson find the butterfly he’s looking for or will it prove to have been only a figment of an old man’s imagination?

I absolutely adored Jack, he was such a sweet man. I loved that while he wasn’t a genius like Lawson, he was patient, sweet, understanding and very helpful with Lawson. Lawson was great, too. He turned out to be more intense than I expected at first and it was nice to discover his hidden layers. While they were attracted to each other quite fast, and they only had a week, I loved that they didn’t rush into things, instead taking their time to know each other better. They were pretty balanced and their chemistry just about made my kindle start smoking with as hot as it was when they were together. 

N.R. Walker did such a fantastic job with her research and her descriptions, making me feel as if I was right there with Jack and Lawson as they looked for the elusive butterfly. There was a point I was actually having palpitations when we got to a very poignant scene near the end of the book, I had to take a mini-break (just five minutes), but promptly resumed reading because I needed to find out what was going to happen! 

Imago was all I could’ve wished for and more, which is not surprising, considering Ms. Walker is one of my favorite authors ever. It was sweet, romantic, hot, but it also had a great plotline and amazing main characters that I just fell in love with. I can’t wait for the sequel so I can see more of them. 

Highly recommendable!!!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my Reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

I thought I’d share with you the story behind the gorgeous cover to Imago.
About twelve months ago, I was searching pre-made cover sites (a rabbit hole I fall into every now and then – okay, so a lot. It’s my procrastination go-to LOL). I love looking at pre-made cover sites, or cover designer websites. It’s like window shopping!
But then I stumbled across a particular cover, it was so striking, so perfect, that I just HAD to have it. The lips, the butterfly/bow tie, the colours, the everything…
Of course, it had a different ‘title’ for a display cover, and I had NO clue what I would write to fit the cover, but I was so taken with it, I bought it right then and there.
And so it sat on my laptop for almost a year. It wasn’t until I was traveling around the US that I had the story of two guys who met at an airport, and one of them had car rental issues.
The whole story for Imago came from that very simple beginning!
I had character names, I knew it was going to be set in Australia… But it wasn’t until I was trying to give the characters some room in my head to grow, that I was trying to see what career Lawson had, when I remembered the cover…
Of course! Butterflies!
Once the connection had been made, then all the story, plot and side characters, came to me rather quickly.
Though I still didn’t have a title! I needed it to be a one word title, because the cover was pre-made, I couldn’t change it. And the display cover had a one word title, and it worked! Two words, or even more, simply wouldn’t fit. Sometimes when writing, I’ll have a title first, but this time, I was half way through the first draft and was still without a title! So, I dove into my research, all my bookmarked sites and references, and came across the Latin term entomologists use for when an insect, typically winged, reaches adult stage. In the world of lepidoptery, when a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, it’s called one word: imago.
It couldn’t have been more perfect!
And that, folks, is how that gorgeous cover became mine.

You can check out Harper By Design’s website, and you might even spy what the cover to Imago looked like as a display cover…  

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Author Bio

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things...but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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