Monday, June 13, 2011

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

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

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. - Goodreads.com

I have long been an enormous fan of Jennifer Echols' YAbooks.  They are honest and emotional, and Love Story was no exception.  I loved the concept of two people in a writing class writing their bad history out in stories for a class to read.  This was very entertaining, and one of my favorite elements of the book.

I admired Erin as a character as, although she had grown up from privilige, she was determined to make it on her own without any help from her grandmother or her grandmother's money.  Her determination was inspiring to watch, as she worked hard on both school and her job.  Hunter was mysterious, kinda bad boy, but with a big dose of good boy thrown in as well.  The sexual tension between these two was great to read, and there were some scenes that I felt sparks crackled off the paper.  But Jennifer Echols' books always have a special spark between the two characters.  It's one of the elements she handles so, so well in her books, and makes them such a pleasure to read.  They are captivating.

If I had any gripes at all, it was the abruptness of the ending.  I would have liked to have had a bit more closure than what we got, as the ending leaves a couple things open to the imagination, although you can pretty much guess what will happen.  It's satisfying, but my black and white persona would have liked to see it spelled out in black and white.  Did this ruin the story for me in any way?  Not at ALL!

Chalk this one up to another fantastic Jennifer Echols' story, and just like with all her others, here I am sitting here wishing the NEXT one would hurry up and get released!  She may not have even written it yet, but already, I can't wait.  Awesome book!  Awesome author!

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