Saturday, February 12, 2011

Authors We ♥: Jennifer Echols

Have you read anything by this awesome Romantic Fiction for YA author?!  If not.. YOU SHOULD!  Jennifer Echols blew me away with Going Too Far & then again with Forget You.  Her writing style is unique & heart-felt.  She has the ability to capture the reader & put them inside these timeless tales.  It's refreshing to read a YA book about romance that is not filled with hearts & rainbows.  Relationships are hard, even at 17 years old.  Huge praise to Jennifer Echols for touching on some pretty heavy issues & giving her characters a voice that will never be forgotten.

Be sure to add Love Story to your TBR lists! Her newest YA novel is due out this summer!

Going Too Far
- Published March 2009


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

Forget You - Published July 2010


There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before.

Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

Love Story - Published July 2011

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 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.



  1. I have never read anything by Jennifer Echols, even though I love the sound of these books! So many books, so little time, I guess! I must check out something by her!

    Yay! Team Jeremy. Me too! :)

  2. Would you believe I've yet to read anything by Jennifer Echols? I feel like I must seriously be missing out. Hmmm I like the idea of this post, G. I'm jealous of your good ideas.

  3. I started with her lighter stories about a girl and the two boys next door, now in a book called endless summer! She is great, I really enjoyed her deeper romantic stories above. Going too Far is one of my favorite books.

  4. I love me some Jennifer Echols. My favorite of hers is Going Too Far, but I've also read Forget You, Major Crush, and The Ex Games as well. Really good stuff. Also, it was very hard for me to not go all capslock crazy and exclamation points all over the place when it comes to my love for Going Too Far. =)


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