Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: July 19th, 2011
Published By: MTV Books
Paperback, 243 Pages
Source: Review copy received from author for an honest review
"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.
Review: ***** = 5 Stars
As a huge fan of both Going too far and Forget You, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book ever since I found out about it months ago. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. Just as with Going too far and Forget You, Jennifer created an amazing romantic contemporary novel with great characters, an interesting storyline and of course, a love story to swoon over.
It seems that every book of Jennifer's I have read I have a connection too. With Going too far, one of the main characters is a cop, and I'm going for my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice so I can relate. In Forget You the main characters were swimmers, and I swam competitvely from the age 5 until the end of high school. Love Story was no exception. In this story, the characters are raised near a horse farm, and I could relate because my family has horses. I love being able to find those little things in novels that make it that much more relatable, and for me, more enjoyable.
The main characters in Love Story, Erin and Hunter, are one of my favorite couples in romantic contemporary fiction. For one, the chemistry between them is off the charts. I think Erin was the only one unaware of this throughout the book. Everyone else seemed to pick up on it. The relationship throughout the book, even with the problems and situations where awkwardness should be present, runs smoothly (for the most part). They remain at civil with each other, even under the worst circumstances (ummm hello Erin's Stable Boy Essay??). I loved seeing the progression of their relationship, and I couldn't get enough of their back and forth essays. That made for quite an interesting read.
But the main characters aren't the only ones who made an impact on me. This book wouldn't have worked as well as it did without all of the side characters. Erin's grandmother and her schemes, Hunter's dad, the other students in the Creative Writing class, the english teacher. All of them added something to the story.
As for the setting of a Kentucky horse farm and NYC, I really enjoyed the differences in the areas. The mellow, relaxed country, and the busy, hustling city. And of course I love horses so having them be a big part of the story was wonderful.
Overall, I love, love, LOVE this book. I will forever and always be a fan of Jennifer's work, and I look forward to everything she writes.
A must read for any contemp fans, especially those looking for a great romance read. And if you haven't already read her other books, you should definitely try them.
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