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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Released: July 19, 2011
Publisher: MTV
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family's famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin's grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin's future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen.
Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He's Erin's age, he's the stable boy, and he's the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he's a slick opportunist. She's furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin's birthright and sending him to Erin's college.
At least she's free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she's sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He's switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin's story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.
From popular author Jennifer Echols comes a provocative, dramatic story of teen romance, set against the bustling world of a New York City university.

What I thought

I'm a big fan of Jennifer Echols. I love her love stories and I loved Love Story. I love how I get lost in the pages and forget about reality around me while I sink into the story.

I really liked how this was written. How we get to see bits and pieces coming from Erin in her writing and a bit from Hunter. It was a bit confusing at first, going straight into the story, but once I realized what was going on, I was hooked. Erin has a unique perspective to the things that have happened. She takes stories from her own life and writes about them. I really liked this more in depth view of Erin's life without doing flashbacks.

It's tiny, but my only complaint is the ending. I mean, come on! I could have sworn I was missing part of the ending but alas, I was not. I'm noticing more and more the endings to contemporary YA are being cut short and I'm not sure I really like that. I don't need two chapters of "after" but a little bit more would have been nice. I love the stories where the couple struggles and gets together right before the end, but I don't want them to get together at the end. If that makes any sense. But, anyway, great book, worth the read!

My Rating

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Jamie Manning said...

I fell in love with Jennifer Echols's writing after Going Too Far and Forget You...this one is on my TBR shelf, so thanks for the great review!

Bee said...

This was my first Jennifer Echols book and I loved it! I thought the chemistry between Hunter and Erin was sizzling. Although, I, too, did think that the ending was a bit abrupt. I kept turning the pages to see if there was more.

Aimee said...

Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought they were missing a bit of the ending! But I loved it. It would have gotten 5 stars if it didn't have such an abrupt ending.

Candace said...

I have this one on my shelf to read this month. I read Going Too Far and really enjoyed it so I'm anxious to read more! I like know a bit of 'after' as well. Even just a little bit.

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