Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Love Story

Love Story

by Jennifer Echols

Paperback, 243 pages
Published on:  July 19th 2011
Publisher: MTV Books
ISBN: 1439178321 

Love Story
 Blurb:  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.

Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to study business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family's famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin's grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin's future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen.
Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He's Erin's age, he's the stable boy, and he's the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he's a slick opportunist. She's furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin's birthright and sending him to Erin's college. At least she's free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she's sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He's switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin's story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.
The story starts with a mini historical romance which made it look like the book would be out of the world. But barely seventy pages into the book, I was very disappointed. Erin's life is as confusing as her stories are. They're really pointless. Echols should have just concentrated on the main plot of the book rather than writing so many stories for a creative writing class. She could've made Erin anything but a creative writing scholar. This might be one reason that it takes all the essence out of the book.
Secondly, there are many things that come into view absolutely unrealistic. Echols has also over done the stable boy thing from the beginning till the end.
Coming to Hunter, I didn't like him much. I don't know what to think of him. Echols shows him to be a very humble and caring guy in the beginning but somewhere near the end, when they're back at Kentucky, she shows him as someone very mean doing it all for money. I felt absolute indifference for him. Echols is consistent here. Just like her other novels, she has portrayed him as yet another over possessive and over caring guy.
And for Erin, I hated her. She was a hypocrite and emotionally inconsistent. One moment she'd be like 'I hate his face' and the other moment she'd be like 'Is he looking at me? I love him. Does he love me back? His presence makes me feel warm.' She was mean, irritating, unorganised and every negative adjective in the world suits her.
However, I liked the character of Gabe a lot. He was a nice guy.
The worst thing about this book was its abrupt end. It ended so, so suddenly. It could have been longer but no, she didn't do it. The novel had a pretty confusing end which irritates the reader even more, especially after going through two hundred and seventy pages of torture.
If you've missed this one, you've not missed any love story.

Review originally published on:  http://vaultofbooks.com/c/review-love-story-2
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