Book Reviews

Red Dirt Heart Imago (Red Dirt 4.5, Imago 2.5) by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-June-2017

Book Blurb

When Charlie Sutton’s neighbour Greg is notified by the Queensland government that they intend to run a pipeline through his property, Charlie vows to help him fight it. Then Travis remembers seeing butterflies at the creek near their joining fence line - the same butterflies they couldn’t find in any Australian butterfly book. Hopeful this might be their only chance to stop the development, they seek the help of a specialist.

Lawson Brighton-Gale receives an email request to identify a butterfly in the Outback, only to discover it’s not an Australian butterfly at all. But that’s not all he discovers. The name on the request is familiar to Jack. An old friend from his university days, who also happened to be his old friend with benefits, Charlie Sutton.

Years ago, two out-of-towners met at the University of Sydney. Both studying environmental sciences, both hundreds of miles from home, and both finding their worlds open to new experiences, they fell into bed together. Meeting again after all this time, in front of Lawson and Travis, won’t be awkward at all, right?

Lawson and Jack’s trip to Sutton Station certainly doesn’t go to plan, and what they take back to Tasmania isn’t just butterflies, but a cocoon of possibilities.

A Red Dirt Heart and Imago crossover ~ The story of when red dirt and butterflies collide.

Book Review

"A generous heart is always open, always ready to receive our going and coming. In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment. This is the most precious gift true love offers - the experience of knowing we always belong.” ― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Charlie and Travis are trying to think of a way to help stop a pipeline from going across their neighbor's land. In order to do so, there has to be a good reason like an interference with the ecology. Travis's recollection of rare butterflies turns out to be their reason. In order to claim that as a way to stop the pipeline, they need to find an expert to verify that what Travis saw is as rare as he thinks they are and Lawson Brighton-Gayle is just the man to help them do that.

When Jack realizes that Charlie Sutton, the man they are going to help, is someone he hooked up with in college, he hesitates to tell Lawson for fear of his reaction, but Lawson finds the irony of it hysterically amusing. Jack is relieved that Lawson is not upset but fails to see the humor in it. Back at Sutton Station, it's Travis who thinks the whole situation is hilarious which peeves Charlie. He isn't ashamed of having been with Jack, but to have to meet him and his husband face-to-face, is almost too overwhelming. Meeting Charlie and his husband is fraught with anxiety and misgivings especially for Jack but Lawson believes that the past should stay in the past. Travis has basically the same reaction as Lawson does. Yet, hearing about an ex-lover is one thing; meeting him in person is another.

I can't think of any story N.R. could have written that would have enjoyed more. Having Charlie and Travis and Lawson and Jack in the same story is a dream come true. The story emphasizes their good natures and special charms and it's no surprise that they would be able to put the past behind them and become friends. Thanks, N.R., for this special gift.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 18000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-April-2017
Price $1.00 ebook, $7.00 paperback
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