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Love Story

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  13,271 ratings  ·  1,090 reviews

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 major in 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
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Pocket
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
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Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jennifer Echols, or people who like YA fiction
Recommended to Sita by: Bec
There is just something about Love Story... that I think deserves a review, and I don’t normally give reviews. I really like Jennifer Echols, there is just something about her writing that captivates me. I have never given her books anything less than a four. So, it’s no surprise that I am giving Love Story 5, and if I could give it higher, I would.

Love Story is about Erin Blackwell and Hunter Allen. Erin and Hunter go to the same college in New York. Here’s the catch, Hunter and Erin already k

And in the end, I was left frustrated and hugely dissapointed.

First of all, I love Echols‘ works, but this, seriously , what is this? It started off interestingly, but Erin become hard to connect to. I just can‘t help but hate the fact that she chases him. And Hunter, a selfish, arrogant jerk who lives off feeding from other people‘s success. Let me get this straight, why, just why could he NOT apologize to Erin for EVERYTHING? And I mean a proper apology where we could bawl our eyes out for the
My first Jennifer Echols book was Going Too Far which I enjoyed to the point of feeling sheepish about how much I loved it. It was compulsively readable with a lot of slow-burning sexual tension YA style. Instant fan-girl.

She also nails the rom-com YA scene with fun (predictable) love/hate teen reads in Major Crush, The Ex Games and The Boys Next Door (all a solid 3 stars from me)

However, I am completely baffled by her latest book Love Story :/

The set-up is all there for a classic love/hate roma
If there is one author that I can constantly fangirl, it's Jennifer Echols. I simply LOVE all of her books. I absolutely adore a good love story and Jennifer Echols is the master of amour! Although Going Too Far is by far my favorite Jennifer Echols title, Love Story is definitely up there too.

I loved the characters; Erin & Hunter. I loved their literary battle.... I just wish those two wouldn't have been so stubborn! I could have had some steaminess from the start, but nooooo I had to wait. I l
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ya
Sort of a swing and a miss for me. This one never really got going. What really bugs me is an entire story that centers around that fact that if these two people had just had one honest conversation that there wouldn't be a story. It feels too much like manufactured drama just for the sake of drama.
Erin bothered me a lot with her I think I love Hunter, but how can I since I hate him for stealing my life. Yet even so, I get all hot and bothered when he's around, but I must remember to not like hi
Dec 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought this book was really great. Hunter seemed like a really cool guy and Erin didn't annoy me completely. The other characters seemed well developed too. But towards the end when they went back to Kentucky, I felt that Hunter didn't really care about Erin's feeling towards her grandmother and her father, and that Erin was too naive about the whole situation. I also just really hated it when Erin found out about the whole agreement between her grandmother and Hunter but she didn't ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, pretentious
This book was a pain to read at some parts. Other parts were tolerable. The most annoying aspect of this book was the narrator.


She was so uptight, annoying, and... uptight and annoying!

Erin bored me with her dialogue. Her narration was slow and drowned in unnecessary details. It was all too dull and boring.

"Hunter got out of his upholstered chair after about five seconds. It tempted me to get out my upholstered chair. However, I decided not to get up from my upholstered chair."

Damn it,
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
After the tragic accident that killed her mother, Erin Blackwell has lived on her grandmother's multi-million dollar racehorse farm in Kentucky. While her grandmother has always insisted Erin do a business degree in order to take over the family business, Erin decides instead to pursue her desire to write with an arts degree in New York City. In retaliation, her grandmother makes the stableboy, Hunter Allen, heir to the farm and bestows upon him the means to do the business degree. Meanwhile, Er ...more
Susan's Reviews
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you wonder if an author has written a story based on her own real life experiences. I often got that feeling as I was reading this novel.

Erin and Hunter shared a difficult childhood. Erin disliked her overbearing grandmother, and blames her for making her own mother very unhappy, while she was alive. Hunter and Erin have loved each other, in one way or another, since they were twelve years old.

They both take the same creative writing class at NYU, and their stories start to expose bits
Anna Fhaumnuaypol
I love Jennifer Echols' book, The Boy Next Door so much. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this soon!

Edit: I finished this book in less than a day. It was indeed a light and quick read. Can I first mention how much I like the girl on the cover of this book? I don't know why, but there is something about her eyes, it looks so warm and gentle yet so playful and cunning.

Okay Anna, back to the point. This book is about Erin Blackwell, a girl whose grandmother owns a farmhouse (and who is
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my poor heart, oh my poor expectations. Where was that quote, " No expectations, no disappointments." I think to have forgotten. Jennifer Echols, what happened? Where you on a deadline and just seemed to write anything, honestly? I feel really bad giving this story one star, but even that is a lot.

Honestly, I did have expectations towards this story. It had so much potential. We not only have a story but stories upon a story. Oh, and 'steamy' stories, but no, they were poorly written stories.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Love Story is the first book I have read by Jennifer Echols, who is known for the contemporary romance's Going Too Far and Forget You. I'm just getting my feet wet reading contemporary romance and this book caught my eye. Love Story is a sweet romance that is a perfect summer read. With the fast pace and fresh, interesting story device and characters, summer readers will finish this book before the sun goes down.

Erin grew up in Kentucky with her grandmother and their racehorse farm. She has big
Elisabeth Cole
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually double checked the cover of this book after I started it, thinking I had mistaken and it wasn't by Jennifer Echols! I've never run into an author whose writing style was so different from book to book. I absolutely loved "Endless Summer" and "The Boys Next Door" - they both just sparkled! The characters were done well and the writing was so crisp it was like I was there. I had similar expectations when I (unfortunately) paid the $9.99 for the ebook version of "Love Story" and was extr ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start rereading this again tonight on my way home, because a) it's worth it, there's lots to sink your teeth into, and it's a great story; and b), as usual, in my what happens next frenzy, I feel like I missed enjoying a lot of the subtleties, the foreshadowing and the imagery that I saw from the corner of my eye as I zoomed by on my plot driven rampage. One of the many things I like about Jennifer Echols' more serious books (although I love those Simon Pulse romcoms, too!) is that ...more
Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies

Going Too Far is one of my favorite books so I was kind of excited for Love Story. The reason I wasn't overly excited is because I saw a lot of people didn't love it. Sure everyone liked it but it wasn't there with the love crowd but let me tell you, to me Love Story was is a one heck of a lovely story!

I loved the premise of the story. I think it's very original and I have never read anything remotely similar to the whole 'she's writing about him an
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow was this book shit! This is the first Jennifer Echols books I have read and was very excited to read this based on the Title and the Description. Well let's just say this is the farthest thing from a "Love Story" I have read.
The book started off great and I was so enthralled and could not wait to read more. Then it completely fizzled and became boring with nothing happening but the same day to day stuff. Their was no advancing in the story, then when the climax happened I thought 'finally we
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jennifer Echols and contemporary romance
So here we go.

3.5out of 5 Stars

I felt that Love Story was a little different from the other book Echols wrote. First of all-it's set in college and not in high-school. We already have too much of high-school dramas around so this was refreshing.

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
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
4.5 out of 5 Stars

This book took me by surprise. I know it’s a Jennifer Echols book right? I should not be surprised. But, this book was so different. This book immediately captured my attention. The opening of the book starts off with a story that Erin has written for her creative writing class and I was so into it that I didn’t want it to end. All I could think about is how Jennifer should write a historical romance novel. I would definitely buy it. She could write any type of story and I woul
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading the contemporary novel ”Love Story” by Jennifer Echols. I had to get past the first 30 pages to really start enjoying it. I picked up this book almost a month ago, read the first 20 pages then got bored and put it down and never went back to it. Every time I was considering what to read next I’d read a page of the book and then choose something else. Today I put a stop to this nonsense and made myself sit down and READ at least 50 pages or so and if I still didn’t like i ...more
3 of 5 stars

This is the first time I read a Jennifer Echols book and it was a nice read. Echols was able to provide a really fun and amusing love story but also a really frustrating one. I love how we learned Erin and Hunter's history and how their relationship turned into something really complicated through the stories they wrote on their creative writing class.

Erin was a determined and firm character. I love that she knows what she wants and how hard she works for it. In her case, being used
Christy (TheReaderBee)
I was really excited for the chance to read Love Story. This is my second read by Ms. Echols, my first being Forget You, which I enjoyed. I pushed Love Story to the top of my reading stack; I was so excited to read it. I really love a good love story, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.

I really liked the story. I thought the plot was very believable and well paced. I read the book in a very short period of time. It was a quick read, but it was also, somewhat, an emotional read. The writin
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a great time reading this one, which is nice because I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately. No one writes a scene between two romantic leads like Jennifer Echols, her dialogue is just great and so totally swoonworthy and fun. She does the love/hate push and pull very well here. I also like how her characters are not afraid of their sexuality, no agonizing about how/when to do it, and her scenes are subtle, and not cheesy or cliché. I also think one of the things she is really good ...more
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
I've read 4 Jennifer Echols books so far,
one of them I really enjoyed (Biggest Flirts),
one of them I thought was good/okay (Such a Rush),
another I didn't really care for or enjoyed (Forget You)
this one was the worst Echols book I've read. I'm starting to think that her books are hit or misses for me.

The very very beginning had potential but the story completed went downhill after the first chapter or two.
There was absolutely no connection between the main character and the love interest du
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
The story is interesting, and I loved the structure. Echols is a master at love and intimacy scenes. My only issue is that it doesn't really end the way you expect it to...which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the climax and ending felt a bit rushed and strange - almost as if the author needed to get an ending into the last 20 pages and did it. I would have liked less build-up and more denouement to get to the conclusion.

Overall, not bad - a steamy love story with an interesting premise and
So syked to receive a surprise copy of Jennifer Echols latest, I absolutely loved Forget You and I'm sure this one will be just as good. Going to read it ASAP! ...more
Princess Bookie
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: As I've said a hundred times before, I adore Jennifer Echols!!! I've read all of her books and love them! She sure knows how to get in a teen's head and her books are always so romantic and have moments that make me bust out laughing. Love Story was no exception. We are introduced to Erin, who has came from a wealthy home. She is in other words, rich. But with her grandmothers demands that she study business and take over her grandmothers legacy when she passes away and run the race ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Erin, an aspiring writer, is off to college in New York City. It's very different than the life she has grown accostomed to as she has lived on her wealthy grandmother's horse farm in Kentucky her entire life. Instead of going to college and majoring in business so she can take over her grandmother's farm one day, Erin took a stand against her grandmother and explained that she wants to be a writer instead. Her grandmother didn't take this lightly and cut her out of the inheritance and her colle ...more
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more

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“I love you.”

I stared stupidly at him. Was he joking again, reciting another line from my story? I didn’t remember writing this.

He leaned in and kissed me. I didn’t respond for a few seconds. My mind lagged behind what my body was feeling.

“Say it,” he whispered against my lips. “I know this is hard for you. Tell me.”

“I love you.” Hearing my own words, I gasped at the rush of emotion.

He put his hands on either side of my jaw and took my mouth with his.”
“You’ve gone far away to a place with no horses and very little grass, and you’re studying how to write a story with a happy ending. If you can write that ending for yourself, maybe you can come back.” 67 likes
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