Published: MTV Books (July 19, 2011)
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I have only read one other book by Jennifer Echols (Forget You) and unfortunately we didn't get along. Then I heard about Love Story and got ten kinds of psyched because listen... Kentucky! Horses! DERBY! Guys, I live about 30 minutes away from Churchill Downs and while I've never worn a big hat, sipped mint juleps, or even gone to the track, there's something about reading a book set in your city.
And also, what girl doesn't want a pony? If you can't have one, why not read about an heiress to a BUNCH of ponies? (Except the heirness is crazy and declines the ponies. WHAT KIND OF GIRL DOES THAT?!)
Anyway, so we've already established that Erin's nuts. But she's also smart and heads off to college in NYC for creative writing. She writes stories, which are actually super om nom to read. I'd have LOVED to read more about Rebecca and her stable boy, because it seemed Rebecca was a bit more level-headed than her creator.
While I enjoyed reading about Erin for the first 50% of the novel, she took a turn for the immature and irrational somewhere in the middle and that lasted to the end. I feel like there was a lot of unnecessary drama between she and Hunter and I let out many an exasperated sigh. While I very much enjoyed the plot and the IDEA of Erin, she and I never quite clicked.
But one thing I do recall about Jennifer Echols is that she can write a hell of a sexytime scene. Yeah. This is no exception. There is tension, brooding, love/hate relationships that take entirely too long to come to fruition, but you still enjoy the ride. TONS of people will devour this book. I guess I just got a little impatient.