Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Can a curse be a blessing?
Clematis works hard to embody every fairy stereotype. He can be a sulky prince or a submissive flirt, slutty and arrogant or silly and soft. He makes himself into whatever causes someone to want him. Combine that with beauty that’s incredible even for a fairy, and everyone wants him sooner or later… just not for long.
Well, everyone except the fairy Clematis secretly adores. But then, he’s never expected happily ever after, not when he’s spent years burying his emotions and making himself unlovable to push people away and protect his heart.
But his curse changes all that, and Clematis can no longer prevent his feelings from rising to the surface. He’s terrified that when his few friends see him for who he really is, they’ll abandon him, just like his parents did.
It’s hard to imagine friends who see past his act to the sweet person within, but maybe happiness has been in front of him the entire time, waiting for the real Clematis to break free and blossom.
So it’s not often a story has me sobbing by the first 18 pages, well, ok, not a story by R Cooper. I adore R Cooper. This author has a definite style and approach to writing and their stories, especially this series. It flows very naturally, with ebbs and eddies, long lovely narrative winding strolls through storied forests and a town occupied by humans and magical beings alike. From the first novel, Some Kind of Magic, the author has been building an amazing universe and ever increasing, always interlocked ,cast of characters. And they flit, sometimes on gossamer wings or growl or stomp or what have you through each other’s stories, making appearances both large and small.
The romances take time to come to fruition, slow like the seasons, but eventually, love and the couples find a way. And it’s amazing.
But I don’t find myself sobbing in the first couple of chapter. Nope, nuh uh. But then again there’s no one quite like Clematis.
You see, Clematis has impacted just about every character, often badly, within this series. And we’ve always seen the ramifications of Clematis’ actions from the perspective of the other person/being’s life.
Now we see the tragedy, the pain, the victim that is Clematis. And I’m here to tell you that it’s shattering in R. Cooper’s totally quiet, disquieting way.
I spent most of this book reaching for tissues because just when I thought his gentle acceptance of victimization, of his state of awful existence for such a long period of time had gotten to a point where I could see him working through issues and trying to see what those around him did, R Cooper delivers a blow, not with a strike of a hand, but with the cut of a narrative feather. One that goes so much more quickly straight to the heart. To the reader and to the other characters finally getting a true picture of the fairy in their midst all this time.
What an incredible talent that exists in this writer! In this one story, Cooper takes one character that has existed throughout all the series and now reveals Clematis to have been not the being represented at all, but a new truth uncovered. And some of the beings from the other stories? Well their actions don’t seem quite so shiny in retrospect given the new revelations here.
These aren’t novels where you can relay details because the plots are too complicated and linked with other beings and their stories. Suffice it to say, the characters/beings are created so realistically that they come alive from the moment you meet them. They shower glitter, shed fur, and weep tears that leave tracks that shine into your heart.
This is the ninth book. I don’t know if there will be a tenth. So many characters from all the stories appeared here that it almost felt as though the author was wrapping things up. Excerpt that, R Cooper style, they also stirred up things as well. So your guess is as good as mine.
I love this series. Sweet Clematis (Being(s) in Love #9) by R. Cooper certainly shook things up in many ways. I’m going to have to restock my tissues, that’s for certain.
I will say it has a wonderfully happy ending for all the tears that was shed. Just as I hoped for.
For those new to the Being(s) in Love series, I have no idea what to tell you. Without the foundation of the other stories, you might be somewhat lost here, but it takes time to read all eight stories (which I adore) before getting here. I do recommend you do that, Just pick a lovely spot, take you time, get comfy, and be prepared to go on a wonderful journey. You’ll end up here. For now.
Cover art: Paul Richmond. Love this cover but…somehow something is missing. Read the story and you will know what I’m talking about. Because that’s not Clematis. Read and find out who it is.
ebook, 306 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English
Series Being(s) in Love #9