Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols


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 local 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.

As this was only the second book I've ever read that Echols has written I feel like I can now officially consider myself a fan. After reading Forget You, I knew I loved the book, but wasn't sure if it was just this one title or her writing style or what? But I flew through this one and just loved it from start to finish.

Echols has me on the edge of my seat with every page I turned. The characters became friends and people I was instantly invested in. Erin and her roommates, Hunter and his roommates, they were all great. And on top of all the drama, suspense and romance, Echols proved to have quite the funny bone. I can't even count how many times she had me unexpectedly laughing out loud. The quirks her characters came with and the short stories they were writing within the book itself were additional elements to add to the long list of great things about this book.

My only disappointment was the ending. I can't say whether I was happy with it or not, only that I was shocked. I literally came to the last sentence thinking I would turn the page and find myself starting a new chapter. Not so much. So I'm slightly confused as to why Echols chose to end the story the way she did and so abruptly at that, but to each their own. I loved it all the same.

I gave Love Story 4 shamrocks!!!!

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