- Book Title: A Dandelion for Tulip
- Book Series: Being(s) in Love Book 6
- Author: R. Cooper
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (June 24, 2016)
- Book Length: 168 pages
- Genre: Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ
- Reviewed by: Jill
- Rating: 4 Star
As is my usual habit, I didn’t finish this review before the book was published. Bad Jill. How about a little post release date signal boost? Seems to be my modus operandi lately. I really did like this book. If you’ve ever read any of the Being(s) in Love stories by R. Cooper, you know what you’re getting here. This is a series only because these books are placed in the same universe. The paranormal is known and there are so many different beings. I haven’t read all the books, but there might be a couple I haven’t read that actually are connected. Otherwise, they can be read in any order.
As I expected, the story starts softly and keeps a steady pace. It’s written in third person omniscient all from David’s perspective. This little romance starts with David, dead tired but attending his friend’s party. Unfortunately, his ex is there as well. It’s a bit of a theme for David: show up – see Clem. On the upside, he gets to school a student who doesn’t understand the various beings at the party. I like that. Finally, Tulip makes an appearance at the party as well and spends his time with David. By this time, I’m hooked. We don’t know what Tulip is thinking, but he seems to gravitate toward David as much as David does toward him.
This is a slice of life story. Or slice of fantasy since there are faery and other beings. There’s no mystery to solve or any crazy to overcome. Just a couple of guys trying to get past their fear of being hurt. That’s this story in a nut shell, how these two sweet men get together.
David is a bit insecure even though he attracts fairies because he shines. Or, maybe, he’s insecure because he attracts the fairies. He’s very bright and passionate. Tulip is the perfect partner for him. These two are adorable. The secondary characters, all friends and friends of friends are there supporting and encouraging. They’ve all got distinct personalities and strengths and weaknesses. I loved every one of them.
Oh, before I forget, this is a romance, not a sex tutorial. There is no sex. That isn’t what these stories are about. This is about love and finding that person (or being) that makes you a better you. Just so you know, I enjoyed my journey with David and Tulip. I don’t know how else to put it. These guys are sweet and perfect for each other. The ending is just like the rest of the story. It all fits together quite well.
Now for a rating. I always feel hopeful when reading R. Cooper. Nobody’s perfect and yet they still find real love. I just don’t think this is a five star book, though. Maybe because there isn’t much tension. It all seems too easy, but in a way that’s what makes these stories so nice to read. They are fluffy and sugary sweet. I’m such a sap for the sugar. So, with the fluff carrying the way, I’ll give this one 4 cotton candy stars and a dandelion for Tulip. 😉
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.