“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.”
Love Story has been my first Jennifer Echols’ novel and I have to say I was really into it from the very first page. I really enjoyed how there were stories within a story as Erin chased her dreams of creative writing and Hunter responded with writing of his own. Her writings such as “Almost a Lady” were not only funny, poignant and often brutally honest but also surprisingly well-written and addictive. They almost made you wish there was a book in it’s entirety of more of the short stories and their plots. Nevertheless it has made me absolutely want to pick up another book by this talented novelist.
Another aspect I enjoyed is the realistic quality of Echols’ story which can be hard to find in teen literature. Yes, some of the plot is far fetched but the ups and downs of the relationship between Hunter and Erin is very true to many teen romances as were the friend relationships presented throughout the work. There was a depth to the characters and plot that I was not expecting in a book touted as a “teen romance” and I must say I would recommend this book to a much wider audience than it might normally attract. All in all the book is one that will be enjoyed by many teen girls and adults alike. I know I stayed up late into the night enjoying it.
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One lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win three of Jennifer Echols’ books as seen above including Love Story. Giveaway ends midnight EST August 6, 2011. US/Canada addresses only please. Winners will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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