Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: A Dandelion for Tulip
SERIES: Beings in Love #6
AUTHOR: R. Cooper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2016
David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.
Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.
But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.
Tulup doesn’t date humans, and David has a rather bad history when it comes to love and fairies. Both of them are madly in love with each other, but their bad experiences mean that they don’t trust themselves to trust the other. It doesn’t help that the world around them is constantly pushing the idea that fairies and humans are great together when the sex comes with no-strings, but that humans shouldn’t trust fairies to stick around longer than the next cookie. The true love of a fairy is nothing to sneeze at, though. And if David can just take the chance, he might get the one thing he always wanted. Someone to call his own.
I am unabashedly in love with this series. There has not been a single book in it that I haven’t enjoyed (excerpt Little Wolf–and that is only because I haven’t read it yet). I still think that The Firebird and Other Stories is one of the best things that R. Cooper has ever written. So it should come with little shock that I wanted to review this sixth book in the Beings in Love series.
Plot wise there is not a lot going on in this story. There are some forays into David’s work on his grad thesis, but overall this book is about the tumultuous relationship between Tulip and David. While I wish there had been more subplotting here in this book, I also can’t deny that I adored the slow-burn (and at times rather teary) relationship between these two MCs.
Yes, I do believe that this story could have been a lot shorter if they had figured their shit out a lot earlier…but what is the fun in that? Like the candy that fairies love so much, this book was a bit of a salty-sweet treat for people who like long-sighs and longing looks. Yeah, it is bit over the top at times…but it fit the whole fairy theme of the book. A little bit flighty but also with a true and honest spirit.
One of the things I really like about these books is they take on prejudice that is not unique to them…but by removing it a step from reality it gives us a chance to be more objective about it. These are fictional characters in fictional situations, but a lot about what this book and this series talks about it still true to our world today. The beauty of fiction is that it can make us see the truth about ourselves and our world…and not even realize it until the seed has already been planted.
I will probably go on wholeheartedly recommending this series to the end of time. Most of them are fairly light stories, but the characters and the world are totally enchanting to me. And I hope to you as well.