Imagines is the Latin plural for Imago, and the only thing better than one metamorphosis, is two.
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.
This was a wonderful sequel to Imago. I adored seeing Lawrence and Jack again and how deeply in love they still are. Their emotions come out so loudly as you read. You can feel Jack’s fear and Lawson’s love. They’re both wonderfully written. Ms. Walker is an author that always gives characters you connect with and can’t wait to read more from.
Lawrence comes so far in this story. He gets the confidence he needs in his feelings for Jack and Jack’s feelings for him. Watching him fight for the survival of another species of butterfly was wonderful. His desire to ensure all species of butterfly are able to not only survive but thrive was amazing. You can feel his devotion to his profession when he’s looking for answers and in the field risking life and limb for samples. By the end of the story he’s so content and happy. He’s clearly found his place in the world.
Jack was so in love. He was ready to spend his life with Lawrence from the beginning. But he needed some reassurances when he didn’t realize he needed them. He was so supportive of Lawrence’s career. He truly wanted Lawrence to succeed and do what made him happy even if meant a long distance relationship. Jack’s fear was clear as you read. You could feel it with him as you desperately read to see what happens in that scene. I loved the way he took care of Lawrence while he was recovering. He was gentle when Lawrence needed it but wouldn’t let Lawrence over exert himself too quickly. By the end of the story you could tell there was no way Jack could be happier.
These two are so beautiful together. They’re clearly in love and nothing could tear them apart. That love came through so clearly while you’re reading in everything they both do. I adored their happy ending. It was so totally Jack and Lawrence. They are going to live happily ever after as long as they live. I want more Jack and Lawrence. They don’t have any questions left unanswered or obstacles left to overcome. But I still want more. They’re so good together I want to see more of them happy and in love years down the line.
Four and a half
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 live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless 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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