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.
From the very beginning, it’s obvious that Erin disliked the idea of taking over her family business. When she moved to New York to take a class in creative writing, she didn’t expect to see anyone from her hometown. Imagine how embarrassed she became when the person who inspired the sexy story of her hero walked into her class and critiqued her fantasy. Would her pride ruin her chance to begin something special between herself and the guy whom she had a crush on?
I like that Echols brings out the angst and conflicts that are so often experienced by young adults. Erin and Hunter are flawed: Erin is opinionated and insecure; Hunter is observant but proud. Because they are not willing to have a heart-to-heart talk with one another, they keep doing things that are damaging to their relationship. I think the story would end a lot sooner if Erin and Hunter were honest with each other, but at the same time, I don’t think the story would be as interesting if there’s absolutely zero miscommunication among the characters.
One thing that doesn’t sit well with me is the way Erin’s grandmother agrees to plot a scheme to hopefully trick Erin into doing something that will prep her to take over the family business some day. While I can understand the reason, I find it shockingly sad and inauthentic if my Gram chose to hide the truth and employed manipulative tactic to trick me! Anyway, I’m relieved that Erin grows a bit to become a more likeable character in the end, although I must admit that I don’t find any of the characters memorable in this story.
Entertaining and a little thought-provoking, Love Story offers a romantic tale that highlights the imperfection in our human nature. While I didn’t like it as much as I’d hope, I did have a pleasant time reading it. By the way, those creative writing assignments (a.k.a. sexy stories from Erin and Hunter) were quite fun to read – I really like the different writing styles – Echols clearly is a very talented writer!