Release Day Review for
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.
I was lucky enough to be able to get a pre-release glimpse of this book. I proof read the finished version.
One thing you always get with a Suki Fleet book is angst. She puts her characters, and through them, the reader, through hell sometimes (actually, not just sometimes). She told me there wasn’t any angst in this story, or at least not as much as usual. So I held out on the handkerchiefs. I shouldn’t have.
She was right, there isn’t as much angst in this story, but that didn’t stop her putting her main character through his own personal hell.
Ally has made a grim discovery on-line and is trying to rectify a terrible mistake when he is discovered using a campus computer by one of his fellow students, Levi. Ally’s stressed to high heaven, and trying desperately to sort his problem out on his own, and Levi is a little bit of an unknown entity so Ally pushes him away, except he finds something of Levi’s that throws him for six.
Shy Levi seems to be taking the bull by the horns and going way out of his comfort zone for Ally.
We see Levi through Ally’s eyes and he glitters and sparkles.
Something else you always get from a Suki Fleet book is colour. It bounces off the page. She seems to be able to convey a mood, an atmosphere and a setting with a few simple words, like one stroke of an artist’s brush that could turn a sunny day into a stormy night. I shiver when it’s cold, and huddle up when it’s raining.
Whilst Te Quiero does not have as much angst, it is still definitely a Suki Fleet book. Her characters are real and they stay with you long after you’ve finished reading their story. The situations are angsty and stressful and she makes you feel every second of it and leaves you wanting more.
This book holds the sub-title: Falling for You Book One. Does that mean there will be more delightful short stories? Because that is what Te Quiero is: delightful.
Te Quiero is released today and is available via the following links:
About the Author
Suki Fleet grew up on a boat and as a small child spent a lot of time travelling at sea with her family. She has always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she told ghost stories to scare people, but stories about romance were the ones that inspired her to sit down and write. She doesn’t think she’ll ever stop writing them.
Her novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards.
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