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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Low brow meets high brow in a literary love story. Can an emotionally-stunted literary novelist and a vivacious romance writer find their happily-ever after? Even when she becomes more successful than he? Love Literary Style spoofs romantic comedy tropes, winks at literary pretensions and pokes fun at book publishing. Like Legally Blonde only in the literary world. Inspire ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Henery Press (first published November 1st 2016)
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Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If the entire blurb alone wasn’t cute and fun enough, the part that compared it to Legally Blonde totally sucked me in. That’s such a fun movie and I was definitely intrigued by the idea of a book in the same style. I’m so pleased to say that the comparison is absolutely accurate!

Laurie and Aaron meet at a writers colony and due to a case of mistaken identity, he believes he has finally found his literary match. Unbeknownst to him, Laurie is
“Gillespie leads readers on a merry chase in this deceptively thought-provoking and addictive tale that will be a hit with romance fans. The lit fic crowd? One never can tell.” – Library Journal
DJ Sakata
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Favorite Quotes:

Ramona was a fan of paranormal romances... It seemed odd that someone who liked to read about werewolf sex could accuse her of writing unrealistically.

If you want imperfect, why bother reading romance? You can simply go to a singles' bar and flirt with a guy who picks his teeth with a knife.

To Aaron, all the coffee shops seemed similar. They all had too-clever names. (This one was called Brewed Awakening.) They all hung jarring amateur art on the walls and employed scary-looking
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, for-review, kindle
Love Literary Style is story about opposites attracting and finding their happily ever afters. Laurie and Aaron are as opposite as they come. I really wanted to love this story. It's about my one of my favorite subjects, the literary world. I know I am probably going to be in the minority when I say unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did find the insights and commentary about the publishing world to be spot on and amusing. That is the one thing I did enjoy about the book and that raised my ratin ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Love Literary Style is part The Rosie Project and part Legally Blonde. If you like romantic comedies in either film or book form, you will feel right at home among these pages. There’s a little bit of poking fun at the genre but overall it’s an affectionate homage to romance novels and “chick lit”.

I didn't care for Laurie (too ditzy, for starters) but I love Aaron (great character growth). Aaron’s father is another character who can’t be dismissed. For all that I didn’t like Laurie, her scenes w
Laura Spinella
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a reader’s book. What do I mean by that? If you are a ravenous reader and always looking to get your hands on something a bit different, (think Rosie Project), Love Literary Style is waiting for your library card stamp.

This quirky, well-written, and downright hilarious novel is the intellectual’s romantic comedy. Like literary styles themselves, the story chronicles the diversity and dilemmas of opposing genres, via the love story of Aaron Mite, a highbrow writer of “true literary ficti
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romance about the love of RomComs and of writing good romances. Clever premise. Lovable characters. Cozy book about the love of storytelling.
Melanie Page
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sjcpl
On the surface I supposed you could call this a romance novel, but the characters function more like vehicles to discuss the merits of literary vs. genre fiction. If you’re interested in serious writing or rom-com, you’ll recognize the arguments Karin Gillespie cleverly makes through her characters as they navigate social media marketing, publishers, editors, agents, book sellers, craft, and process. I found myself nodding along and smiling for most of the novel. The pacing holds steady, using j ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I was captivated by the summary of Karin Gillespie's novel, Love Literary Style. Aaron Mite is a literary snob who meets Laurie Lee at a writers' colony, and thinks she's another literary novelist. When he realizes she an indie published romance writer, he's horrified. But, it's too late. He's already fallen for Laurie. Then, I met Gillespie's characters, and didn't fall for either of them. But, opposites do attract, and, in this case, they changed each other for the better. Even Laurie Lee woul ...more
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
This was the first one I have read by Karin and I loved it. I had never even heard of this author and here she has a ton of books! Well I better get reading!

Yes, this book was fun, quirky, and cute (really cute) but it wasn't all fluff. It was also very interesting. I love the behind-the-scenes look at getting a book published. And of course being a huge fan of chick-lit I loved the "genre fiction vs literary fiction" theme of this story, it made for an extremely fun read. A story all
Cindy Roesel
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary novelist falling in love with a self-published romance writer? That’s the premise in Karin Gillespie’s deliciously charming new book, LOVE LITERARY STYLE (HENERYPRESS).

Meet novelist Professor Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a mean, rude bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned Genius M
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A rom-com with a HEA that left me wanting to hug the author.
Translation: A romantic comedy with a Happy Ever After that left me smiling.

The world of authors and publishers is just as class-conscious as any other industry; Indie, Genre, Literary. Every author is judged on their association and every publishing level has expectations of their authors when it comes to social networking and book launching responsibilities.

When Laurie Lee is mistaken for Laura T Leer, she finds herself at a writers'
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
A delightful romance, I don't read many romances however this held my attention and I finished it in one setting. A couple of writers meet at a Writer's Colony and began an affair. Aaron Mite, an unpublished author meets Laurie Lee who self-publish her light easy reading romances. Aaron under mistaken belief that Laurie is a well-known published author. As the affair processes their writing styles clash. Aaron receives a contract for his book. You feel his excitement and his disbelief as his suc ...more
Lynne Spreen
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. It's an enjoyable romance wherein the main characters must grow in order to be able to appreciate each other and become fully capable in their own lives. On another level, it's a delightfully snarky expose' of the literary world, from wannabe authors to the very top level of publishing. You'll laugh as you watch various characters preen and parade, hide behind the barriers that make them feel safe, or make their deals with the devil - or choose not to. Plainspoken and funny, the ...more
Amy Avanzino
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to get my hands on an early copy from Karin herself. She has become one of my favorite authors. As a northerner, I just cannot get enough of her great southern wit and charm. I loved this book.
A cheeky, fun romantic comedy that has a good-natured laugh at its own expense while mildly mocking the literary crowd as well. I enjoyed every step along the way to HEA (Happily Ever After) Land and loved the surprise at the end.

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I feel that I should preface this review by saying that I don't read a lot of romance novels. I do, however, occasionally read and enjoy the genre, and I was intrigued by this book's setting in the literary world. I am so glad that I decided to read it!

Yes, there is definitely a love story as a case of mistaken identity leads to an aspiring literary writer falling in love with a self-published romantic comedy writer. The relationship between the two is handled with humor, but also with a depth o
Susan Peterson
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really surprised a good way! When I started reading this book, I was expecting a light-hearted love story, and in some ways it is....but it is also so much more! Aaron and Laurie meet at a writer's colony; she is an enthusiastic, fledgling romance writer; he is a stuffy, opinionated writer who scoffs at "genre" novels such as Laurie's books. This book evolves into a poignant, tender story of two people who each undergo their own transformations. Delightfully original, with unex ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This was a very interesting story. Not just the romance, but the way that it was written. I’m still thinking about that part.

The story is a romance between an aspiring literary novelist and an aspiring romance novelist. She finds his litfic dreary, and he thinks her romance is purely drivel. Of course, they are both wrong.

As the book begins we are following the literary fiction author, the unfortunately named Aaron Mite. Because frankly, his ego, his confid
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Aaron Mite is an adjunct professor at university, he takes his literature very seriously, and he dreams of writing The Great American Novel, much to the displeasure of his father, the illustrious Dr. Horace Flowers, a renowned literary critic. Dr. Flowers is the snobbiest to Aaron’s snob. Laurie Lee, works as a library assistant while studying to be a nail technician, and she’s also been writing for the past six months. She’s bubbly, enthusiastic, all girlie-girl; she’s all pink and quirky. She ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I REALLY enjoy books about books, I cringe a little whenever I start a new one. I half expect camp and contrivance, as much as I hope it gives me a protagonist who loves reading and writing as much as I do.

I had nothing to fear with Love Literary Style. Gillespie wrote a perfectly entertaining and thought-provoking account of Laurie Lee, novice romance novelist, and her meet-cutie Aaron Mite, fancy schmancy highbrow lit fic writer extraordinaire. Their ups and downs totally work. Th
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aaron is a stereotypical adjunct professor in Atlanta, Georgia. He is teaching composition, believes that cliches are the enemies of good writing and he hates improper word usage! He is so perfect for this job, but his real love is in writing his own novels. His genre is literary fiction which he views to be superior of any other. He has been called a literary snob and is quite proud of that moniker. Aaron is at a writing colony for a session and his next door neighbor is a beautiful blonde who ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What an amazing story! I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time putting the book down to do other things (like make dinner!).

Laurie and Aaron meet by chance at a writer's colony, plus he thinks she is a famous author. Laurie writes romance novels and is looking for a fling to enhance her life experiences and expand her writing knowledge. What they don't expect to find is love.

Aaron's character is very snobbish. He is a literary fiction writer and thinks that anyone that writes anyt
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through Goodreads First-reads. This is no way influenced my review.

I became a huge Karin Gillespie fan after reading her Dollar Daze Girls series so I was really looking forward to Love Literary Style. This author did not disappoint. Aaron Mite is the nerdy writer who believes his style of writing is the only way to write.

While at a writers' colony he meets Laurie Lee, a romance writer, and is attracted to her but thinks she is someone else. Laurie Lee is far from Aaron's type. S
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Both main characters were well-developed and quirky  – but in extremely different ways. Their meeting is founded in a case of mistaken identity. The attraction between them is  immediate and strong, with humorous ups and downs as the story progresses.
I enjoyed the writer’s treatment of the issue of genre fiction vs. literature and the preconceived notions some people have about the different types of work and their authors.  Laurie’s enthusiasm for writing and her determinat
Connie Vincent
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when a literary writer meets a romance novelist?

Aaron is on the cusp of a promising career, but he's having trouble navigating the "new" publishing world where he's expected to have a social media presence and promote his novel. He's also a snob, who is quick to judge other writers.

Emma isn't the best writer, but she has wonderful ideas and she's beginning to have a small following in the world of self-publishing. She loves romantic comedies and that is what she writes. She wants
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a cute book! You just cannot help who you fall in love with! A stuffy literary author and a self-published romance author - who knew they could be a match? Definitely not the too-good-for-romance-authors man, especially when he falls for an author that he believes is another well-known author. At times, you want to shake the high and mighty out of Aaron but hope that in due time he will realize what he has in front of him. Aaron's actions are understandable due to the strained relationship ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

I didn't expect to enjoy Love Literary style so much,this is one of those books you love or despise and I adored it.

This was the first time I've read Karin Gillespie work but her writing made me a new fan.
I liked her flawed characters,her humour and the fascinating insights into the book world.

Laurie,our heroine, is my favorite character.I liked her vitality,her positive attitude and good soul.
I'm not ashamed to say that we share the love for rom-com and chick lit.
Aaron is the character who sur

Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This book is a real charmer! There is such richness in characters, plot and setting. There is something in this book for everyone..humor, friendship, love and so much more. I literally could not put this book down. It was so engrossing, fun and well plotted. A true gem of brilliant writing!
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win this book in goodreads giveaway contest. Having already read her "Bottom Dollar " series , I knew I would love Karen Gillespie's newest book. I was not disappointed !! This book had me hooked by page 5. Filled with characters you can visualize and story line sprinkled with humor it will captivate the reader.
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