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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 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.
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21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
The Title Tells All! Jul 18, 2011
Love Story is my first Jennifer Echols' book and I was not disappointed. Love Story was creative, unique, and full of funny moments. I loved the premise of this novel, that Erin and Hunter used their creative writing class assignments to send heated messages back and forth to each other. Learning their backstory along the way only added to the richness of the tale.
I enjoyed Erin as a lead female. She was smart, and had her mind set on what she wanted to be. Although she had came from money, she was determined to work as hard as possible to get to her goal, even if that meant eating nothing but peanut butter crackers to do it. Hunter was a frustratingly fantastic lead male. One second you want Erin to smack him and the next you want her to kiss him senseless, which makes for a fun romance!
My only problem with this book, and the reason it was a 4 star instead of a 5 star for me, was that I desperately wanted another chapter at the end. I just felt like I didn't get enough closure with the storyline, or the romance, or the family dynamic that I was already so invested in. I think even one more chapter could have wrapped this up better for me, but it just wasn't there.
Overall, Love Story was exactly what it's title tells us it will be, but it is a fantastic one! This is a light-hearted and funny love story for the romantic in all of us! I enjoyed being swept away with Erin and Hunter and if you like funny or romance I think you will too.
12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
I vote for a sequel to make up for this abrupt ending - anyone else? Jul 23, 2011
By The Book Runner
I love a great romance with all its conflicts, embarrassing moments, and quirky friends which capture my emotions and leave me breathlessly waiting for the beautiful, passionate resolution. Well, I am still waiting! As great as the beginning of this story is, it just ends - abruptly.
****Some Spoilers throughout****
Erin has grown up rich by not emotionally unscarred. Her mother was beat-up by her father and after leaving him, found love then, was accidentally killed by a started race horse on her mother's horse ranch. Erin was raised by her emotionally distant grandmother who wants her to take over the family business by majoring in business in college. She refuses, and her grandmother gives her college money to Hunter along with the promise of the ranch as an inheritance.
Hunter is the son of the work hand her mother fell in love with when she was killed. They were friends before the accident, but Erin withdrew after her mother's death and now is furious with him for taking her inheritance. On the day her first writing assignment is to be critiqued by the class, Hunter is admitted into the group and hears her first story - it's about him.
He definitely has feelings for her, but she refuses to see them as anything but hate and her own feelings of resentment prevent her from really looking closer. But they are in the same dorm and they have two class together and end up spending some time together as they write their assignments about each other for class.
Erin starts to believe that his feelings for her are real when she overhears a conversation between him and her grandmother. Now she knows the truth - or she thinks she does.
This was definitely an entertaining story with great secondary characters that made the plot more fun. Summer was a great friend to play off of and her relationship with Hunter's roommate was a fun secondary romance. Staging it at college was also more interesting and helps set the maturity level a little higher than high school. It is a good place to see relationships away from parental authority but still subjected to it.
But, still the ending - so unsatisfying. All this angst and feuding to be just summed up in the last two pages. I would have preferred more dialogue and more romance to this resolution. It just felt sudden and tentative. These two are never congenial for long, so a more convincing declaration of forgiveness and love would have been more satisfying.
I am definitely a Jennifer Echols fan and loved "Going Too Far "and "Forget You". I actually think I like "Love Story" the best, although, "Going Too Far" was really great. I would definitely be willing to read a sequel to Love Story and consider this ending a cliff hanger (cough, Ms. Echols, cough).
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Awful. Jul 26, 2011
By Anonymous Reviewer
The main character is smart, funny, forgiving, and empathic. The guy is a total jerk who does nothing but talk down to her, lie to her, and make her feel terrible about herself. I kept hoping he would redeem himself since I wanted to like him, but instead I became convinced that nobody with any self respect would date him, no matter how hot and charming he is on the surface. I came to hate the main character, too, for being such a spineless wimp and not realizing she deserved a whole lot better. Also, the ending was not even an ending; I can't believe a publisher would let it through. Both upsetting and depressing, won't be reading another book by this author.
Just to rant a little more about how much I hated the guy in this story:
At the horse races he accuses Erin of plagiarizing his life. I didn't understand how he could possibly feel that way, what basis he had for believing that, or why he would be so angry about her coming to new york when she DID have several extremely good reasons to do so (as well as a very good reason for not wanting to go to california anymore after her mother died), not to mention the fact that he stole her life in a far more direct way, and one would think that would temper all the drama-queen hissy-fit unfounded rage that he is apparently building up inside his self-absorbed head (all over her deciding to move to the same city he told her he wanted to go to once upon a time? get a grip!).
After the horse races, he blackmails her to get her to go to dinner, insults her, is subsequently more mean to her because he feels guilty, and then tries to tell her what she can and can't do with her life (he says she can't move out of the dorms). When she sticks up for herself for once and says he has to trust her judgement (which she APOLOGIZES FOR, GAG), he flips out at her for no reason, belittles how hard she's working to achieve her goals, says she'll always be a spoiled rich girl, and is generally disgusting to her. She does not defend herself. She does not demand or seem to expect an apology from him for it. It's like she feels guilty for something - possibly existing? (Also note that later, in the hospital when she is tired and in pain, she makes one, joking comment that stereotypes his life in a similar way [except without the aggression and desire to cause pain] and he gets angry about it; she immediately apologizes to him. He actually says he's sorry, at that point, but then calls her a bastard)
He also never apologizes for lying to her about her father being at her farm. What kind of person would do that to someone? And not even feel bad? He wants whatever he wants, and how she feels clearly doesn't matter to him at all.
Then, when they spend the night together, he doesn't even realize anything is wrong with her beforehand or after - or maybe he just doesn't care. Either way, I seriously could not hate this guy more.
At one point, Erin actually compares him with her father, who used to hit her mother. After all of his lying, manipulating, emotional abuse, possessive displays, and never talking to her about her mother's death even when Erin practically begged him to with her story (in fact, his one emotional talk with her is while extremely drunk; he probably doesn't even remember it in the morning), I for one do not find it a very large leap at all for him to hit her someday if she doesn't fall in line and do exactly what he wants all the time. There are even several times in the story where he holds her in place despite her struggling, and twice where he uses force/surprise to kiss her) Maybe he loves her, in his own, messed up, emotionally stunted kind of way, but that is not enough, in real life or a love story; he is still abusive, bad for her, and generally not a good person.
This was not a love story, it was a tragedy.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Not one of Ms Echols' better efforts Nov 21, 2011
By The Ultimate Escapist
I was really quite angry at the end of the book. I had expected so much better from this author. I don't know when she wrote this book but I can only hope it was years ago, before she developed her skill, because that's the only excuse she can use.
The plot was just all over the place. I was never sure of what the characters truly felt, despite the heavy doses of introspection by the female protagonist. The minor characters were treated like so much excess baggage, shedding them abruptly after giving us a whole bunch of irrelevant information.
The apparent main plot - a grandmother disowning her own grandchild and handing over the reins of the property to the stable master's son to teach her a lesson on obedience - is trampled under the granddaughter's messed up relationship with the 'stable boy', both of who believe the other hates them.
It's a goddamn mess and Ms Echols did hardly anything to untangle it well. In the end their issues were only partly resolved and happy ending was an uncertain hope.
Maybe all the angst in the book and general feelings of betrayal would have flowed better from a more mature Jennifer Echols' hand, but I doubt it. The plot just plain sucked.
The only parts I truly enjoyed were the two short stories that Hunter wrote for their creative writing class - One was a gritty yet touching piece on his longing for Erin (the spoilt, angst-y granddaughter) and his determination to ignore it; the second was a rather poignant one about a child and his curiosity that drives him to experiment on long stretches of fields, trying to estimate exactly how big the universe is.
Those stories showed Echols' potential.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Abuse story not love story Nov 10, 2012
Okay abuse is not entirely accurate. But Hunter treats Erin like Horse Crap throughout the whole novel and she never stops hoping, hoping, hoping that he might someday really like her. It's kind of like watching a puppy being kicked repeatedly then coming back. Hunter is a jerk. And though some characters can start out that way, even after the big climax where everything is revealed and everyone can start to forgive, he STILL acts like a jerk. He never once apologizes. She's always apologizing to him for all the things she thinks she MIGHT have done wrong to him.
Hunter is manipulative and unfeeling and even when Erin discovers the extent of his treachery, she still can't help but hope deep down he really loves her. She's just pathetic after a while. I mean how many times does the guy have to kick you when you're down before you realize that he's about as emotionally abusive as your father was physically abusive?
Which is another bone I have to pick with this book. This girl's father was a wife beater so she grows up to fall in love with a sociopath. Frankly it's downright creepy. Hunter writes a short story about getting a girl drunk so he can take her to his dorm room to have sex with her to make Erin jealous. We're never quite sure if the sex really happened or not but the fact that he wrote the story makes me wonder about his mental state.
I do not want Erin to end up on that farm. Who cares if she likes horses? There are horses in New York! She doesn't like the farm. She doesn't like her grandmother. She doesn't want that life, or so she keeps telling the audience but she just keeps going back there, doesn't she?
Echols starts to make a really good point about typical romance novels having the female character being told she has 'horses in her blood' or 'oil wells in her blood' or whatever the story is about so she will not feel bad that she has somehow ended up in the one place she was always trying to get away from. And then Erin goes right back to the farm. Because horses are in her blood. Give me a damn break. Don't call out other novels for being unoriginal and then do the exact same thing!
Skip this one. It was just too contrived. I mean what frat boys organize a trip to the races? It was just a plot device so Erin can pick winners and Hunter can convince her that 'horses are in her blood.' And then at the end Erin's professor tells her that she doesn't really have the chops to be a writer. So now she doesn't have to be so upset that she's going to end up back on the farm.
Well, horses are in your blood, Erin. And your dream was stupid anyway. Great message, Echols. Really uplifting.
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