Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Published: July 19th, 2011
Pages: 256

Goodreads Summary:
She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

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.

I received an eGalley of this novel via Galley Grab. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for giving me a chance to read this. This did not influence my following opinion.

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

What I thought about it:
Love Story was the first novel by Jennifer Echols I've ever read and I'm pretty sure that - after this experience - I will definitely read more of her books. It was a fantastic and heartfelt story that compelled me to read it as fast as possible while loving every single word of it.

This novel has stories within the story. The main character Erin is an aspired writer and we get to read a few stories she has written for her creative writing class. The same creative writing class she shares with her secret crush Hunter with whom she has a past neither of them can easily forget. For most of their life they have suppressed their feelings for each other and now everything comes to the surface by writing stories about each other.

I loved to see how Hunter and Erin's relationship slowly developed and how they realized that the prejudices they had concerning each other weren't always justified. It was a beautiful Love Story that often made me smile and sigh. Oh, and I shouldn't forget that it does get a little bit hot sometimes, but a story with a guy like Hunter is bound to get a little bit steamy.

The only thing I didn't enjoy as much as the rest was the very open ending. While it leaves a lot of room for a reader's imagination and probably is a good choice, I'm a girl who really likes an ending that really tells me what happened to them. But it's happy nonetheless and this is just a personal preference.

All in all, Love Story was a fantastic novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm pretty sure that I will get a finished copy of this and I'll definitely check out other books by Jennifer Echols.

Have you read Love Story? What did you think about it?


  1. I don't like open endings(except a sequel is planned or possible). I didn't read Love Story, although I originally planned to and had the galley on my ereader. But there have been so many negative reviews about an overall confusion and unlikeable characters that I didn't want to read it anymore. I read Endless Summer by Echols and it's a fantastic summer read, so I'll definitely read more books by her...maybe just not Love Story.

  2. I'm dying to read this book! I'm going to get today. All of Jennifer's books I have to finish before I shut the lights out. Even when I reread them.
    Really great review! I'm even more excited to get it now.

  3. So glad you enjoyed this! I liked the story, but didn't really care for the characters. I felt that Erin gave up too easily in the end. :/ But I did love the story! Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. This book is a great read for a rainy day. I loved sitting next to my window reading this book feeling the feel of the country and their love. I can say that this book definitely made a dent in my heart and made me love Ms. Echol's writing even more!


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