Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols + GIVEAWAY

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Erin Blackwell is an aspiring romance writer is determined to do whatever it takes to work her way through college in NYC and get the coveted publishing internship that would really jumpstart her dream career. She’s even turned against her family’s wishes to major in business and become the heiress to her family racehorse farm in Kentucky….and loses her whole inheritance. As she struggles to get by, her old crush Hunter–the stable boy on her farm– accepts Erin’s inheritance from her grandmother and shows up in Erin’s creative writing class where she has just shared a romance story that fantasizes about her own stable boy. Their rocky past will become even more complicated when Hunter and Erin use their writing assignments to communicate to each other and let those feelings bubble up on the surface. 

I’ve heard from many bloggers that if I want a good romantic YA than Jennifer Echols is the way to go so I was excited to receive a copy of Love Story to review so I could experience the irresistible romances that I’ve heard so much about!

The first thing that struck me about this particular book was that the MC was in college! I am the creator and moderator of the College Students book group on Goodreads and we always talk about how there is a lack of college aged characters and stories in both YA and Adult lit. So, Jennifer Echols gets a big thumbs up for that! 

I have to say my favorite aspect of the book was all the stories that Erin and Hunter wrote back and forth for class. I loved reading them and I thought it was SUCH a nice touch to really see the complicated feelings they had for each other and I loved that it was such an interesting way for them to communicate these in a different way. I really loved reading them!

I think I had mixed feelings about the characters to be honest. I really liked Erin at first but as the story went on she really confused me and I got fed up with some of her actions and her overreactions. However, I cut her some slack because I know as a freshman in college I was the same way and I was really impressed with how she adapted and grew as the story progressed. Hunter also just confused the heck out of me! I couldn’t understand, aside from his handsome nature and the forbidden romance, what the attraction was beyond lust. He seemed like kind of a jerk to me with some of the things he did but then sometimes he was just SO swoonworthy and irresistible. I just couldn’t quite figure him out. I did, however, love how much he cared about Erin even in the face of some of her moronic actions and conclusions she jumped to.

Aside from my constantly changing opinions of Hunter and Erin, 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. I can’t deny that I was completely sucked into the tension of their relationship and found Hunter’s confidence/cockiness to be kiiiinda sexy when mixed with his kindness that he showed at points. I was happy that the story wasn’t JUST about their romance and really found Erin and her grandmother’s relationship to be so interesting and wish it would have been more explored. With how must I really really was invested into the plot and the outcome of their love story/ the story with Erin’s grandmother, the ending left something to be desired. I don’t know, I found it to be a bit rushed and some of the things leading up to it seemed to be very convenient and somewhat predictable.

My final thought: While I don’t think this was my favorite romance because of my mixed feelings for the characters, I really enjoyed it and the plot and the writing class assignments really pulled me in. I’ve heard from other Echol’s fans that this one wasn’t their favorite, so I’ll definitely be trying out another Echol’s novel in the near future because I really enjoyed her writing and her ability to create an interesting love story. I definitely think it’s more suitable for older teens as it IS set in college and does have some of the heavier things you’d expect for that age (some sexy scenes, drinking etc).  

Review on a Post-It:


Thanks to Big Honcho Media and MTV Books I have TWO finished copies to give away.  All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment with a way for me to get in contact with you to get your address should you win!

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  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Im dying to read this one

    smittenwithbooks (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Kailia Sage says:

    I'm so glad you liked this story. I haven't read that many books where the MC was in college so this should be a refreshing change! thanks for the giveaway too!

    twilightforever.wdward at gmail dot com

  3. Yaseena@Sweetunrest says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! and nice review 🙂 makes me more eager to read the book.


  4. I have been reading a lot of reviews on this and it looks like a great read. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

  5. Haven't read any Jennifer Echols yet, but certainly intend to!

  6. I'm The Bookie Monster says:

    I keep hearing that this book is not Jennifer Echol's best, but I'm her fangirl through and through. What good fangirl would miss one of her books? Awesome review and thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. I've heard great things about this one.


  8. thebookmemoirs says:

    I'm so glad to see some collge aged MCs but that makes me wonder whether you have some recommendations for a handful of other books with similar aged MCs?

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, I'd really love a copy of this one to see for myself! 🙂

    thebookmemoirs [at] gmail [dot] com

    – Emme

  9. Samjam G says:

    This book sounds amazing!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!! 🙂

  10. Great review. I can't can't can't wait to read this!

    Hope i win ;D


  11. Anonymous says:

    I haven't read any Jennifer Echols yet. Thanks for the giveaway! (extemter at hotmail dot com)

  12. Kimberly Callegan says:

    I've heard wonderful reviews about Love Story. Would love to get it in my hands. Thanks for the giveaway! kcallegan(at)wilcoindustrial(dot)com

  13. Thanks for the great review and giveaway! I'd love to read it!

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I hope this doesn't dissapoint. I love Jennifer's other novels and I have high expectations for this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  15. I forgot my email, sorry.

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  16. Meredith says:

    I've had mixed results with Echols' other books, but I still want to read this one.

    meridethdabek [at] hotmail [dot] com

  17. Tiffany Drew says:

    Awesome! I have been wanting to read this 🙂 Thanks for the chance at winning a copy!


  18. Yay! I've really been wanting to read this!


  19. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm dying to read this one 🙂


  20. dani_nguyen says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. brookea_2006 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love a chance for this book.

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! This one looks so good 🙂


  23. Stacie S says:

    I'd love to get a chance to read this!

  24. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  25. Yani {AvidReader} says:

    took the words right out of my mouth 🙂

  26. I've been interested in this one, and I really enjoyed your review. I'd love to win a copy!


  27. lisa [the nerd] says:

    i love that there's more than one relationship being focused on in the book. i'm excited to give this one a try!

  28. I read this and really couldn't get over all the issues I had with the characters…glad you liked it overall though! You have got to read Going Too Far – definitely the best Echols!

  29. I'm not entering but I just wanted to say I'm glad that I'm not the only one who didn't love this book. I liked their story discussions and that it was set in college because that was different. I really liked Going Too Far. Can you link me to the group that you manage on Goodreads? The one about college book? Is it College books on YA?
    Email me at anxirium at yahoo dot com

    Mary (mfay2) @ Anxirium

  30. While I've liked the Echols books I've read in the past, I don't know that I can say I loved them (which I feel puts me in the minority…) but I do enjoy them. I've read her other 2 dramas, so I'm kind of excited to see what I think about this one! 😀

    basicallyamazingbooks [at]

  31. Mrs. Heise says:

    I'm intrigued because I've been hearing this title a lot lately. I love your Review on a Post-It concept – it's so great as a reader!
    heisereads [at] gmail[dot]com

  32. This looks pretty adorable. Thanks for the contest!


  33. April X says:

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂 This book sounds interesting!

  34. Cialina at says:

    I've been wanting to read a Jennifer Echols book for a while now but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I LOVE that the MC is in college.


  35. I'd love to play please.


  36. Laura Ashlee says:

    I read and reviewed this a few weeks ago and had similar issues with the characters. From the reviews I've read, it seems a lot of people haven't cared for the characters.

  37. The book sounds really good 🙂

  38. Amy @ Turn the Page says:

    Good review – I literally just read her book Going Too Far yesterday! I've read two of hers now and while I do enjoy them, I think they are nice, more realistic romance stories – I never quite get that swoony feeling from her characters which is a shame.

    I'm interested to read this one because, as you pointed out the characters are a bit older and I definitely think thats something we need to see more of in YA. There seems to be a gap in the market for characters in their 20s! You have 16/17 year olds and then 30-odd year olds.

  39. Nataly. says:
  40. nouna14 says:

    Great giveaway! I love jennifer echols books' and I know this one is just as good. I can't wait to read it!

  41. Ashley G. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Meredith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read this!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  43. Awesome giveaway!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Fingers crossed that I win 😀

  45. Stephanie says:

    I absolutley love the way Jennifer Echols writes!

    Stephgirl1996 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  46. Jennifer M. says:

    great review, can't wait to read this. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  47. bookmarking says:

    Love sms Says:

    I love someone and i want to send these text to her because its really great and full of love

  48. Meredith says:

    I love Jennifer Echols awesome review and thanks for the giveaway! You can DM me via twitter. I'm @mintmeredith



  49. melannie says:

    Oh I cant wait for this one. Jennifer writing is the best! I love her stories!

    Thank you for the giveaway!


  50. Anonymous says:

    Love giveaways!


  51. Awesome! Thank you for the giveaway!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  52. I love Jennifer Echols' books, thanks for the giveaway!


  53. NatyGry says:

    Sign me up!

  54. nanniclover says:

    I want to participate!

  55. Jasmine Rose says:

    This finally made it onto my TBR list since everyone had such great things to say about it.
    Thanks for the giveaway :]

  56. Patrice says:

    Looks like a great book.

  57. Thanks for the giveaway!


  58. Sierra Cullen.♥ says:

    Thanks for the chance! 🙂 I've never read one of Jennifer's novels before, so I hope I will like it.


  59. ariandula says:

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    amilou_17 at hotmail dot com

  60. I'd love to win!

  61. mary ann says:

    oh. I would love to read this book!!, thanks for this giveaway:)..hope to read the love story.

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com

  62. How exciting! It's lee-la at comcast dot net.

  63. The Lovely Getaway says:

    I'm a bit hesitant to about this one, but its JENNIFER ECHOLS, she's one of my fav contemporary authors… will definitely be checking it out b/c of her :] thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  64. Katie B says:

    I was excited to read this but after reading your review not not excited!
    But nonetheless great giveaway!

  65. Angelica Cruz says:

    I hope I win, Im a huge fan and im super stoked to read Love Story!



  66. I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

    hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

  67. Thanks so much!

  68. Sashana says:

    I would love to read this book.


  69. Jennifer says:

    Well, I love the idea of this book! A romance that has the two lovers sharing their feelings through their writing! And I love that it takes place in a college setting. College is one of those places I wish I could exist in forever.

    I would love a copy of this book — not sure if the giveaway is still open but if it is, please enter me!

  70. Anonymous says:

    I would love a copy of this book! Might be late but if it's still going on enter me please!

  71. I struggled with the romance story at the beginning, I think that derailed the book a bit at the jump. This one definitely wasn't my favorite Echols but I did enjoy it. She's great a romantic tension to be sure!

  72. Romance really isnt my thing but your review sounded like i would i like this book thanks! 🙂