Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Love Story by Jennifer Echols + GIVEAWAY!

Published: July 19, 2011 by MTV Books
Received: advanced reader's copy from the author, thanks Jennifer!
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. {taken from}

My love for Jennifer Echols is endless, her books winning me over time & time again.  When I contacted her on a whim, wanting to read this book, I was blown away by her personal response saying yes, I can read an early copy!  Definite fangirl-ness went down that day.  Her ability to pull you in and feel as though you know the characters is obvious in every book she writes.  This one in particular intrigued me because it was a story, centered around another story.

Erin is a gifted writer, hoping to win an internship so that she can fulfill her dreams of becoming a published author, and not the owner of her family's horse farm.  She goes against her grandmother's wishes and follows her writing path to New York, in turn losing all financial strings attached to her family's inheritance.  The idea of chasing after what you want, and not following someone else's path, is bold and daring.  While Erin is chasing down this dream, she encounters a boy from her past.  And he's not just any boy.  He is Hunter, the stable boy for which she's written her latest piece about, as well as the stable boy who is planning to take over her inheritance.  The two immediately clash finding themselves in the same writing program.  The choice that Erin felt so confident about making before has suddenly become heavy on her mind.  Is writing really worth giving up her family's horse farm?  And why is Hunter in her head way more than she'd like to admit?

Jennifer Echols brings the angst and tension once again.  I was constantly turning the pages, hoping and wondering, what will happen next between Erin and Hunter.  Though the build felt a little shaky at some points, over all the story kept me engaged.  It was also interesting to read an "older" young adult book for a change.  Since these characters are college-age, the material had a more mature tone in parts.  Being someone who has experienced the excitement and confusion of those crucial years after high school, I felt myself relating to different aspects of the story.  Not quite an adult, but not exactly a teenager anymore either.  If you're a fan of Jennifer Echols writing, I suggest picking up this book.  Her stories are always unique and her passion for tension among characters is always evident!


Want a chance to read Love Story? Along with Going Too Far and Forget You??  Then enter my GIVEAWAY by clicking on THIS FORM RIGHT HERE.  I am beyond excited to be hosting this giveaway courtesy of Simon & Schuster & Big Honcho Media.  If you are new to Jennifer Echols then this is the PERFECT prize pack for you!  She is one of my favorite YA authors and I am so pleased to be sharing her amazingness with one of my lucky followers.

***UPDATE: Winner has been announced! GIVEAWAY is now closed. Thanks to every one who entered & I hope you all have a chance to read these fabulous books soon.

Giveaway Rules:
+ One entry per person
+ Open to U.S. residents only
+ Giveaway ends July 27th, 2011



  1. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  2. Eeep! I've been dying to read Jennifer Echols. I love contemporary YA, so I have no idea why I haven't read any of these yet. Fingers crossed :D 

    Thanks for hosting, Ginger! :)

  3. I had to give this one a 3. Glad you liked it so much! This was my first Echols read and I was a little disappointed. Hopefully her others are as amazing as readers say.

  4. Great contest. I have yet to read any of her book but they are on my list.

  5. Great review. I haven't read anything of her's. She sounds like a must.

  6. Just wanted you to know I got an error when I submitted my form for entry. Then, it wouldn't let me load the form again. So, I'm not sure if my entry worked. It's not that big of a deal, just thought you should know, in case you hear others having problems.

    I've read so many good things about Love Story -- can't wait to read it. Great review. Thanks!

  7. I just downloaded this to my Kindle. I can't wait to read it! and a giveaway? yes, please!! :)

  8. Thanks chick!!!

  9. Really excited to read this one next, I loooove the tension and angst in her stories. Great review Ginger! =)

  10. I've been meaning to read one of her books but I haven't gotten around to it yet! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  11. O my what an awesome giveaway. Thanks so much. You always have great giveaways. :)

  12. As I just wrote on your interview, I am in love with Jennifer Echols like hardcore. I love her seemingly effortless ability to tell wonderful stories. The characters in all of her books are people I can only wish were real. My copy of this book should be here any day so saying that I am uber excited is a bit of an understatement!

  13. How exciting! Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway :)

  14. I'd love to win! I haven't read a good book in a LONG time! great giveaway!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. What a fantastic giveaway! I really enjoyed Love Story and would love to win these! Thank you for hosting and thanks to S&S and Big Honcho Media!


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