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 believe some authors dominate certain categories in the literary world and for me, Suki Fleet rules the New Adult m/m romance section. I was an eager beaver waiting for this little beauty. Gorgeous title, enticing blurb and a breathtaking cover pulled me right in. I think it’s important to recognize that this is a short story…..in a series. It appears as though the next book is told by Levi and I have confidence that it will gain strength as it continues. Frequently with serials I find the first book rates slightly lower and gathers sparkly stars as it progresses. I enjoyed this story quite a bit but it was just getting really good when it ended and I’m anticipating the following book will be even better.
The holiday is approaching and Ally doesn’t have much to celebrate. He is not returning home for his break due to the fact he hasn’t much to go back to. His mother was quick to send him away without a backwards glance when classes began. He has just broken up with his boyfriend and was crushed to discover the little prank his ex played on him as a parting gift. He’s mortified and alone. Not a cheery way to kick off Christmas. Then he runs into Levi in the computer lab and they share an awkward moment which dampers his mood even further. But then Ally finds a letter, part of a love letter Levi accidentally left behind. Ally is blown away by the beauty of the letter and is compelled to return it to its owner. If only someone cared for him the way Levi cares for the lucky recipient of the letter. No one will ever cherish him that way….will they?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Suki Fleet is vastly overlooked. Her prose is tender, quiet and powerful. This is most definitely a muted version of her typical emotional onslaught that I’ve come to expect with her stories. She is a true master of angst and if you are looking for a strike to the heart, you won’t find it here. What you will find is a young man falling in love with a stranger and coveting from afar. A shy timid desire that burns deeply and when it is exposed, it becomes a blaze. A wildfire romance that proves everyone is worthy of being treasured, you just have to find your beloved….they could be closer than you think.
Potent, simplistic young love. They have very little baggage and a whole lot of hope. They quickly bear their secrets and though they know little about each other, they trust one another. Beginning a relationship with raw honesty lays a solid foundation. They are not ashamed to ask for what they need and divulge their desires at the same time. I loved their courage and faith in each other. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this new adorable pair.
Spanish without translation. There are a few thoughts, fragments, and sentences translated but there are several instances that are written purely in Spanish. I had my kindle in one hand and my phone in the other. I didn’t want to miss a thing! Ohh, and you should also prepare for an intense longing for more. It is not incomplete but it left me wanting. I’m greedy for the next book in this series!
If you are new to Suki’s work, this is a fabulous place to start. It is a lighter, fluffier introduction to her captivating story-weaving. This is definitely the…easiest book I’ve read from her bookshelf but it is still very much spun with her distinct signature. If you are not a big fan of short stories, bookmark this one and be sure to come back to it after the series is complete.