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When Ally discovers dozens of naked photos of him have been posted online, he’s devastated and tries to contain the situation, hoping it doesn’t get worse. Only problem is his laptop has died, and Levi Francis—the guy Ally knows doesn’t like him—sees Ally acting suspiciously on the computers in the University’s Physics lab. Ally’s day can’t get much worse.
But after Levi accidentally drops a love letter written in Spanish, Ally returns it and finds his assumptions about Levi are turned upside down. Betrayed and hurt by his ex, Ally knows it’s the worst possible time to start trusting someone, but there’s something about shy, glittery Levi that gets under his skin.
If you know my reviews you are familiar with my ability to ramble, I do it a lot but for this book, for this author and this particular story… I am speechless.
I associate Suki Fleet with the best type of deep angst in young/new adult gay romance, the angst of finding yourself and trusting another person with your vulnerability and your heart. The kind of angst that makes what you are reading hard to breathe because you feel all of it. Well, those things are in this story as well but not in the traditional Fleet fashion. This story is the sweetest thing I have read this year and I just want to dive into a pool filled with stuffed animals and swim among their fluff it’s so sweet. There is no angst here, this is not the Fleet angst you are looking for…
The blurb sets up the story well; you have Ally on a school computer attempting to take down the personal and private pictures his asshat of an ex-boyfriend decided to post on porn sites but Ally gets interrupted when Levi walks into the lab.
Levi… I think he is an amazing character and from the first meeting with him I needed more of him. His quiet strength came off the page in abundance and what he does to “talk” to Ally had me hugging my Nook and sighing loud enough to wake the sleeping husband next to me.
Ally, what a strong young man you are not to only be in school and overcome what you have but to deal with the injustice placed on you by someone you trusted. You may have trusted he wrong person the first time but you’ve learned your lesson and Levi… he’s everything you need and more.
I love how the relationship was approached and how both boys were so very honest with one another. It was adorable to see their wants and how the fumbled through it with grace. The scene at Ally’s door and what Levi represents to him was so freaking romantic and swoony I couldn’t stand it.
Te Quiero is a short story in page length but not in depth of emotion or character development. It takes a talented author to make you feel the connection of two characters through emotions and give you the growth in character in so few pages but Fleet knocked it out of the park with this one.
I adored Ally and Levi and after that end, I cannot wait for the next installment to see how they navigate all that this new realtionship may bring.