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.
I found myself unable to put down the story. I loved both settings(New York and Kentucky)and I felt like the story was pretty unique. Erin and Hunter are interesting characters, and they have the perfect amount of tension and chemistry between them,even though I did not really get why were they doing some things at times. But I liked Erin because I can relate to her. I know what's it like when you have to please everyone and like her I did got away from being the 'perfect'(grand) daughter,student,friend and girlfriend. I can't deny that I was completely sucked into the tension of their relationship.I was happy that the story wasn't JUST about their romance and really found Erin and her grandmother's relationship to be so interesting and wish it would have been more explored.
My favorite aspect of the book was all the stories that Erin and Hunter wrote back and forth for class. I loved reading them and I thought it was a nice touch to really see the complicated feelings they had for each other and I loved that it was such an interesting way for them to communicate these in a different way.
Love Story was not my favorite book by Jennifer Echols,but as a loyal fan,I will check her other upcoming books. I didn't love the ending of the book and felt it was a bit rushed.It was kind of a let down. I expected more, and I wish I had gotten more.
And oh my gosh, the stories! My only complaint is that I wish there were more. I loved that the writing of the stories was totally different than the actual book and unique to each Hunter and Erin. Though the steamy stories were something I haven't really experienced in YA so far and it was nice to get another angle and perspective on the teenage life. And, yeah, I enjoyed them simply because :P
I found that it took me a bit to get used to Echols's writing style, but it certainly wasn't bad. There's something to say for lyrical writing, but there's also something to say about stark reality. That's not to say it's an ugly sort of starkness, but rather one that puts the reader more into the story.
Final Thoughts: If you're in for a good contemporary with a nice dose of steamy romance, you have to pick this up. It's such a fantastic change of pace from all the insta-love, love triangles, and paranormal romances out there (not that I hate all of those, it's just a nice change.) It's also a nice, quick read. You won't regret this one.