Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/13/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
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.
This was an adorably sweet young adult story but that wasn’t a surprise considering the author. I’m a big fan of Suki Fleet’s and it’s not very often I’m disappointed with her work.
This story is centered around two college age students; Ally and Levi. Ally is fresh out of a bad relationship and his ex distributed pornographic pictures of Ally around the internet. So Ally is understandably a mess. He runs into Levi in the physics lab where Ally has gone to try and request his images be removed. Ally has noticed Levi around school and has nursed a crush that he denied because of the relationship he was in.
I adored Ally’s description of Levi:
…he was all sharp and sparkly and his shyness was oddly entrancing.
With just a few words I am not only able to picture Levi physically but know his personality as well. That’s why Fleet is one of my favorite writers. She can do in a few words what others can’t do with a dozen or more.
Circumstances bring Ally and Levi back together and it isn’t long before they admit their long-standing attraction to each other. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story. It really needs to be discovered on page, but I will say these two young men create a loveable couple.
Ally and Levi are not also unique they are also true to their age. They don’t act or speak older than they are, nor are they immature. In fact, when an opportunity arises regarding the asshole ex I was afraid it was going to be one of those circumstances where they don’t talk and just assume they know what happened. Kudos to Fleet for not going that route and for creating Levi with enough brains to know who to trust and not to jump to conclusions.
This is a short story but appears to part of a series. I definitely look forward to the next chapter.
Oh, and Levi’s letter—Perfection.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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