Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: YA Contemporary

The Story: For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

My Review:  This book begins with a very well written romance story kicking it off. I had to flip through the pages quickly to be sure I was reading the right book at first. Not because I was disappointed, but because I was startled. I loved the romance novel part of the book so much, I'm actually hoping Echols finishes it for publication one day. It's that good!

Love Story is dramatic from the start when Erin is preparing for sharing her romance novel with the rest of her writing class. Hunter walks in and throws her whole life upside down. He would know right away her story was about him and it becomes painfully clear that Hunter has a few tricks up his own sleeve to get back at her. Erin works every free second of her days and has little time for the fun she thought it would be to be in New York City. I like that although she grew up with lots of money and wore designer clothes before coming to the city, that she was alright with being suddenly poor. Her dreams of becoming a published romance author outshadowed any selfish vanity on her part. This endeared me to her immediately. 

I found myself confused at times as to what Erin and Hunter would do next, but I don't think this is a bad thing. I think they were both a little unpredictable as to what the really wanted from each other. When Hunter tricks Erin into going home to speak to her grandmother, the almost relationship they have is quickly damaged even further. Hunter has secrets of his own that keep Erin wondering what his real motives are for accepting her grandmother's inheritance. After all they've been through and all they've done to one another, is there any way that these two could ever truly be together? You'll have to read it to find out! 

As always, I adore Jennifer Echols. She's consistently good, no matter what the book is and Love Story is no exception. I loved the uniqueness of this storyline and am hopeful to learn more about what happens to Erin and Hunter.

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2 comments:

  1. I LOVED this book! It's easily my favorite Echols book to date. I really liked how screwed up Erin and Hunter's relationship was too. Sometimes I wanted them to kiss, then other times I wanted to punch Hunter in the face. To me, that is good storytelling.

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  2. I thought reading books like this will be boring or something, but when I started reading and fall in the characters, I realized that I’m starting not just to like it but I fell in love with the book.

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