Love Literary Style - Karin Gillespie - GIVEAWAY!

4.5 Stars!

They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary writer falling in love with a self-published romance writer?

Meet novelist Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a combative bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned writer of important fiction. When he discovers she’s a self-published romance author, he’s already fallen in love with her.

Aaron thinks genre fiction is an affront to the fiction-writing craft. He likes to quotes the essayist, Arthur Krystal who claims literary fiction “melts the frozen sea inside of us.” Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that, despite his lofty literary aspirations, he’s emotionally frozen, due, in part, to a childhood tragedy. The vivacious Laurie, lover of flamingo-patterned attire and all things hot pink, is the one person who might be capable of melting him.

Their relationship is initially made in literary heaven but when Aaron loses his contract with a prestigious press, and Laurie’s novel is optioned by a major film studio, the differences in their literary sensibilities and temperaments drive them apart.

In a clumsy attempt to win Laurie back, Aaron employs the tropes of romance novels. Too late. She’s already taken up with Ross, a prolific author of Nicholas Sparks-like love stories. Initially Laurie is more comfortable with the slick and superficial Ross, but circumstances force her to go deeper with her writing and confront a painful past. Maybe Aaron and Laurie have more in common than they imagined.

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Karin Gillespie is the author of the national bestselling Bottom Dollar Girls series, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, Co-author for Jill Connor Browne’s novel Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big Ass Novel. Her latest novel Love Literary Style was inspired by a New York Times article called “Masters in Chick Lit” that went viral and was shared by literary luminaries like Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Rice. She’s written for the Washington Postand Writer Magazine and is book columnist and humor columnist for the Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Magazine respectively. She received a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2016.

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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 about two authors falling in love while trying to get published. Not just any two authors - two totally different style of authors! Like salt and pepper different. This book was the perfect example of opposites attract, and opposites can compliment each other and if you allow - opposites can learn from each other (if you have an open mind). Unfortunately, Aaron doesn't have an open mind at all.

I thought the writing and the character development were excellent. I loved Aaron's character. For some reason he reminded me of a young Ryan O'Neal, like in "What's Up Doc".

All I can say is - Poor Aaron! He was so stubborn, stuck in his ways and not willing to bend at all or change anything to help himself. But still I couldn't help but fall in love with his geeky, shy, quiet, almost bumbling manor. It made him sexy in a nerdy way. And the way he was with Laurie was adorable.
I loved Laurie too. she reminded me of Anna Faris in "What's Your Number?"
I don't do that all the time. I don't always get a clear picture of the characters, but this time I did. I attribute that to the wonderful character development.

There was a really nice little romance going on here. I think it all played out extremely well. There was just enough playfulness, serious drama, and angst combined to make a great romance.

Do not underestimate this book! Just like Laurie liked to hide her romance novels under a Lit cover - underneath this pretty flowered book cover with its romance, chick-lit genre label hides a truly wonderful story!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving this book from  TLC book tours. Thank you!

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  1. I like the books on the cover and the opposites attract premise!

  2. This delightful story sounds unique, captivating and wonderful. The magical story gives me hope.

  3. I love romances between seemingly opposite people. Also--I'm a writer and I can't wait to read about two writers and their relationship. It promises to make for a fun read.

    1. That's exactly what this is - a fun read!
      I didn't know you write! That's awesome!
      Do you have anything published?
      This would def be a good book for you!

  4. I like your recommendation to not underestimate this book - I'll definitely keep that in mind!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  5. I've been looking for a fun read that wasn't all fluff :)