Title: Te Quiero
Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 13th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance,
Page Count: 55
Reviewed by: PrinCkhera
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
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.
Ms. Fleet herself has mentioned that the longer her books are, the angstier and heavier they’ll be. Now that I have experience with both, I know this to be true. Foxes was long, heavy, dark and angsty – it took my breath away.
Te Quiero is great too, but in a different way.
It’s shorter – much much shorter – and can be read in an hour or so. It’s not as dark, or despairing.
There’s little I can tell you without spoiling what happens, but I’ll still try to say why it’s so different.
Within 24 hours, Alejandro (aka Ally) has his world turned upside down.
He finds out that there are naked pictures of him online – put there by a jilted ex-lover. He doesn’t know what to do, who to turn to and is pretty close to having a meltdown.
Enter Levi. Who, in his hurry to leave Ally and his business alone, drops his Te Quiero letter.
This leads Ally to actually go to Levi (who he’s actually been crushing on) and return this letter he wishes someone would perhaps on day write him.
The rest is history.
So much happens in only 24 hours that it’s kind of unbelievable. Chance, circumstances all aligned – which led Ally to take his head out of his… But, it’s still an enjoyable read. I didn’t connect with Alejandro as much, because as a character he’s quite different from Ms. Fleet’s usual protagonists. He’s more assertive, open, and easily says what’s in his mind. However, like her other protagonists he’s completely oblivious when it comes to the most important things.
That he couldn’t see Levi’s obvious crushing on him for months, and who the Te Quiero letter was for are but a few examples of this.
His mind is also prone to living in the gutter. You know, a cleaner version of the gutter anyways.
I tried to stop wondering if his toes were as long and dexterous as his fingers, or if his hands and feet got as cold as mine did, and if we could warm each other up, duvet pulled over our heads.
Oh, this had escalated fast.
But, quite charming (if cheesy) when it matters.
You leave your horse tied up in a stairwell?
“My horse?” Levi smiled quizzically.
“You are my knight in shining armour, right?”
And then there’s Levi, who was kind of really great and I’m glad Ally had him at his side.
“We’re going to make everything okay. Really okay, not just pretend okay.
So, a story of two people finally getting together. About someone being there for you when you need them most, and the message that revenge porn is not okay.
Just a side-note but I didn’t enjoy Ms. Fleet’s writing as much as I did when I read her other books. It just didn’t flow the same for me, and maybe it’s because it’s really short and I didn’t have sufficient time to truly feel for the characters she created, but it just didn’t get to me as much.
Overall, an enjoyable read I’d recommend. It’s quick, easy, and pretty fluffy.
And since it’s the first in a series I’m really looking forward to seeing more of both Ally and Levi.
Also, the cover is absolutely stunning.