Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Published: MTV Books (July 19, 2011)
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Series: No
Source: GalleyGrab
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.


  1. Interesting. Most people I talk to GUSH over Echols and while I did genuinely like Forget You and Going Too Far neither of them are books that I fangirl spaz over...

    Nice to hear your thought on this one! It's always frustrating when the main characters seem irrational and immature.

  2. I think you might have liked this even more than I did...didn't click for me. Neither did Forget You, I actually hated that book!

    I keep giving Echols more chances though, because I loved LOVED Going Too Far. You should definitely give that one a try!

  3. I second Allison's recommendations of Going Too Far! I loved that book and had high expectations of both Forget You and Love Story because of that. Sadly, I was disappointed. There really were too many issues between Erin and Hunter and I just couldn't root for them.

  4. I love Jennifer Echols books and she does write the sexytime scenes. I am still excited to read this but at least now I am forewarned about Erin being a little annoying. Great review :)

  5. The sexytimes were definitely delish in this one, but I agree with your thoughts on Erin. And I think you need to wear a big hat and sip a mint julip ASAP :)

  6. Actually, I've heard the same critique that it got BIG on the drama in the last part. Enjoyed your review, and mint juleps are fab ;)


  7. hmm, just read 2 reviews today on Echols liked them, you felt the character was immature. I'll admit sometimes I lean toward feeling characters can be immature at times in some of these books. I might be hesitating in picking up one of her books...are they worth it? BTW what about the tornado that just hit Churchill Downs last night? good thing all humans and horses got out ok!

  8. As much as I love Echols, this was not a fav of mine. I agree that it was lacking. However - those sexytimes?! Definitely brough the heat!

  9. And the sexytimes have it! lol! I'll have to give this one a chance! Good job darling!

  10. agreed, agreed on going too far! really disliked forget you but, oh, officer after... swoon.

  11. Your review is spot on. Erin had the potential to be awesome, but her drama got old after a while. You're in COLLEGE, girl! Act like it!