Author: R. Cooper
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Michael Fell
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.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a narrator read an audiobook so fast. In fact, he spoke so quickly, I didn’t catch even a third of what he said, so at the 25% mark I broke down and borrowed the e-book so that I could figure out what the story was about. That’s sad. So my review is really of the story itself, or what I thought it was, because to be honest, I didn’t have the time to read the whole book and listen to the audio. Unfortunately I had to knock the rating down at least one star just because of the narration. In reality, if I had averaged the story with the narration, this would have gone down to two stars.
Basically, the story is about David, a geeky grad student who’s doing research on fairies, elves, and otherworldly beings. He loves Tulip, an older fairy, but he knows Tulip won’t date humans since his heart was broken by one many years ago. The story revolves around David’s friend, Fleur, a fairy who tries to help David approach Tulip, and David’s ex-lover, Clematis (whose name the narrator pronounced Clemantis—with an N—throughout the whole story), who sometimes seems to want to help and at other times seems to want to win David back.
The fairies see David as “shiny” and beautiful but David considers himself plain and boring and thinks that’s why Clem broke up with him years ago. By the end, we find out that David’s perceptions are all wrong about everything. He and Tulip end up together and live happily ever after.
That’s about all I can summarize because I was so irritated by the narrator’s speed and mispronunciations, I couldn’t get into the romance. I can’t recommend this audio under any circumstances, but I have many friends who enjoyed the story, so if you are interested in this type of story, pick up the e-book instead.