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I Belong


Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

TitleLove Story

Author: Jennifer Echols

Genre: NA Contemporary

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 19, 2011

Format: Paperback, 243 Pages

ISBN-10: 149178321 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13978-1439178324 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Adorable fast read with a fun premises and cute characters. Highly recommend for fans of NA contemporary reads.

Opening Sentence: Captain Vamderslice was something of an ass.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Erin can’t wait to start college.  She grew up in Kentucky and was the only grandchild of her very wealthy grandmother.  Erin’s mother was killed when she was young and her father has never really been a part of her life so she was raised by her grandmother.  She was expected to attend college and get a business degree so she can take over the ranch someday.  Erin has different plans, she always wanted to be a writer so when she tells her grandmother that she plans to major in creative writing it doesn’t go over well.  Her grandmother decides to give the ranch to Hunter Allen, the boy that has worked in the stables for years, and leave Erin with nothing.  Erin moves to New York and decides that she will just have to make it on her own without her grandmother’s money.

She had a rough summer but school is finally getting ready to start and she can’t wait for her creative writing class.  Everyone will turn in short stories and the rest of the class will read and critique them.  Erin’s first piece is a very sexy story about a hot stable boy, and it happens to be based on a certain boy that stole her inheritance.  She is very excited to see her classmate’s reaction to her story, but the day she is sharing it Hunter happens to transfer into the class.  Erin doesn’t like Hunter but she can’t help but find him super attractive and now he knows it.  In retaliation Hunter also writes some sexy stories that include Erin as the heroine.  Is their romance all just a written story or is it something real?

Erin is a fun protagonist and I really respected her.  She went from having anything she could possibly want to having nothing.  She worked multiple jobs to try and make ends meet so she could live her dreams.  She is very stubborn and doesn’t forgive easily, but she is also a really sweet person.  She has passion and is willing to fight for what she wants.  She had flaws but they made her feel more real and relatable as a character.  I really liked her and found her easy to connect with.

Hunter is your typical gorgeous guy.  He has a charming personality and is very easy going.  He is a genuinely nice guy and it was easy to like him.   High school was rough for him, because he was a stable boy that went to school with a bunch of rich kids.  College is his way to start over.  His relationship with Erin is very up and down.  They started off as friends when he moved there in 7th grade but things quickly changed and they haven’t really talked in years.  Hunter doesn’t know how to handle Erin and she really puts him off balance.  They have cute chemistry and it is fun to watch them figure each other out.

I really enjoyed this story.  It was a really fast read, and very entertaining.  I liked how the stories they wrote were incorporated into the overall story, it was different and unique.  The characters were interesting and easy to connect with.  There is good drama, but it’s not to overdone which was really nice.  The plot was really predictable, but it was still fun to read.  The writing was engaging and witty, and the book flowed very well.  This is the first book I have read by Echols, but it won’t be my last. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a light easy NA contemporary novel.

Notable Scene:

I recognized his voice. Or rather, I recognized the tone of his voice. The Indian dude was cocky, but the interloper’s cockiness would make the Indian dude look modest in comparison.

“Are you okay?” Summer whispered, managing to make even those breathy words sound high pitched. “Are you that worried about the class discussing your writing? You look really pale all of the sudden. I mean, you’re already pale, but it’s like your freckles have faded.”

A dry “Thanks” was all I could manage. I was not okay. I was gripping the edge of the carved table so hard, I would not have been surprised if my fingers snapped off.

The interloper was my stable boy.

And I could not let him read my story.

FTC Advisory: MTV Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Love Story. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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