Title: Love Story
Author: Jennifer Echols
Expected publication: July 19th 2011 by MTV Books
Summary: "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 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."
Thoughts:I have to confess, I have been looking forward to reading Love Story since Jennifer first annouced about her latest book on her blog. There's just something about Jennifer's writing that immediately draws me to the story and doesn't let me go till the end. And let me tell you, Love Story does not disappoint. From the setting to the chemistry between the characters and even the short stories, it will leave you gasping for more.
First off, lets talk about the characters. Erin is snarky, clever and brilliant, everything a main character should be. I love how she stood up for herself and studied Creative Writing even though her grandmother wanted her to study business. She might have been cut off from the family fortune, but knows her future is in writing. The fact that she works hard for every cent of her education makes me respect like crazy.
Now, on to Hunter. I loved how he was always there for Erin when she needed him. His intentions may have been questionable, but deep down, he's still a good guy. I think what made me fall for him, though, were all the things that happened between Erin and Hunter before they got to New York. I love their history with all it's complications and everything. And who can blame Erin for writing a story about Hunter? What is it about a country boy in the city that makes my heart leap? Le sigh!
While the characters are great (even the roommates and writing partners), what makes this book outstanding are the stories written by Erin and Hunter. Geez, I can't even describe them. They're so cute and so sexy. Plus, I love the concept behind a story within a story. And I can't even tell you how many times I reread those stories over and over again. Oh, romance writers. How I adore you guys!
Overall, Love Story is a fantastic addition to the YA contemporary field. Who knew characters could write such fabulous stories? Whether you're looking for a fun beach read or maybe a winter book that will keep you warm through the night, I recommend checking out Love Story. While Going Too Far is still my favorite of Jennifer Echol's books (my love for John is undying), that doesn't mean this one isn't worth the read. What can I say, Jennifer knows romance, and I love her for it!