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 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.

Favorite Quote: “Looks like we have a thirteenth student.”  He glanced at me and pursed his lips, perplexed.  Then, amid a smattering of applause from the class, he scraped back his weighty chair and went to the door to let Hunter in.  Violins screeched repeatedly, as when the heroine is about to get stabbed in a horror movie, but I don’t think anybody heard them but me.

Erin’s run off to New York for college.   She dreams of being a writer  rather than run the horse farm that she grew up on with her grandmother.  Because she refused to major in Business like her grandmother wanted, she’s been cut off and is having to make it there on her own.  Her grandmother then gives the money that  would have gone to Erin for college to the stable boy, Hunter, with the promise that he fill in Erin’s rightful place and one day run the farm.

At the beginning of the book, she’s sitting in her creative writing class reading over her first assignment, which is to be discussed and critiqued that day by the class.  Erin wrote a historical romance  about a girl in love with her stable boy.  Then who should walk into her class but HER stable boy.

Hunter is all swagger and good looks, confidence personified.  And then he recognizes himself in her story.  Erin is understandably embarrassed and, thinking that Hunter could ruin her chances of getting an internship by letting the class and her professor know that he is, in fact, the character in her story, she makes a tentative truce with him.

I loved this book.  I want to carry it around in my purse to pull out and read when I feel bad.  I wanted to hug it, and pet it, and call it George.

Erin was a pretty tough girl.  She lost her mother when she was 10 and her father pretty much abandoned her to be raised by her grandmother.  Erin is paying her own way in New York, taking any minimum wage job she can, working her fingers to the bone at school. She’s the type of girl who can take care of herself, and I really liked that side of her.  Erin is also the typical teenager, really only concerned about her own issues.  She’s judgmental and sarcastic and a bit of a know-it-all, but there’s something vulnerable there, too.  She has her faults, believe me, I’m not blind to them, but I still liked her. Underneath her tough exterior, she was really just a typical teenage girl, low self-esteem, effectively orphaned and unsure of herself. 

She and Hunter have known each other since middle school, but something happened that caused a riff in their friendship and they were never close again.  She’s also been infatuated with him for a very long time. 

Hunter was a contradiction. Since the story is told through Erin’s point of view, we don’t know what Hunter is thinking or feeling.  It seemed pretty obvious to me that Hunter felt the same way about Erin, despite the fact that he, in Erin’s eyes, “stole” the farm from her.  Erin’s assessment of Hunter is that he is controlled, doesn’t want people to see his emotions or his reactions to things. The fact that he’s in love with her escapes her attention, she just sees someone who took something from her.

I really liked Hunter.  Erin’s perception of him was off to me.  I didn’t see what she saw.  I was very much aware of his feelings for her after their first meeting.  The coolest thing, I thought, was the way they communicated via stories for their Creative Writing class, especially Hunter’s first story, wowza.  That boy missed his calling.

I think I let this review get away from me, and I didn’t even get to mention their awesome friends.  There were a few things that was off about the book (like, really, they’re all friends and they just happen to have all the same classes together), but for the most part, it was very well done.  The end was wonky, but I understand why it ended the way it did and I appreciate it, but I would have liked a little more there.  But the end is just the beginning, you dig?

4/5

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2 thoughts on “Love Story by Jennifer Echols

  1. Tee June 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

    This sounds so good. You know, I’ve only read one Echols book (Going Too Far). It was good, but I think I need to read more of her stuff to get a better feel for her style. Adding this one to the ever-growing TBR list!

    • Gone Pecan June 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm Reply

      I think you’ll really like it.

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