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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 wr 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. In the tradition of the Rosie Project, Love Literary Style is a sparkling romantic comedy which pokes fun at the divide between so-called low and high brow fiction.


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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 wr 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. In the tradition of the Rosie Project, Love Literary Style is a sparkling romantic comedy which pokes fun at the divide between so-called low and high brow fiction.

30 review for Love Literary Style

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com If the entire blurb alone wasn’t cute and fun enough, the part that compared it to Legally Blonde totally sucked me in. That’s such a fun movie and I was definitely intrigued by the idea of a book in the same style. I’m so pleased to say that the comparison is absolutely accurate! Laurie and Aaron meet at a writers colony and due to a case of mistaken identity, he believes he has finally found his literary match. Unbeknownst to him, Laurie is All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com If the entire blurb alone wasn’t cute and fun enough, the part that compared it to Legally Blonde totally sucked me in. That’s such a fun movie and I was definitely intrigued by the idea of a book in the same style. I’m so pleased to say that the comparison is absolutely accurate! Laurie and Aaron meet at a writers colony and due to a case of mistaken identity, he believes he has finally found his literary match. Unbeknownst to him, Laurie is really an aspiring romance novelist. Aaron is a highbrow snob and believes that any genre fiction is totally unworthy. By the time the two realize the mistake, things have gone too far and they both have feelings for one another. Can two opposites attract and manage to maintain a relationship regardless of their many differences? What will happen when Laurie snags a huge contract while Aaron’s literary career falls apart? You’ll have to read it yourself to see… I loved this book! The whole thing was very tongue in cheek and poked fun at anything and everything relating to writing as well as romance. It was a very funny and playful approach and I laughed out loud several times. One of my favorite moments was when Aaron is urged by his publisher to try and cultivate a presence on social media. His attempt was so pathetic it was laughable. Both Aaron and Laurie are over the top in their personas which made them so much fun. Gillespie is quick witted in her writing style and as I read this, I almost felt like I was watching a romantic comedy movie, but even better. Better because it’s a book and clearly I enjoy those more than movies, I’m not MovieGossip after all, I’m Novel Gossip.

  2. 4 out of 5

    HENERY PRESS PUBLISHING

    “Gillespie leads readers on a merry chase in this deceptively thought-provoking and addictive tale that will be a hit with romance fans. The lit fic crowd? One never can tell.” – Library Journal

  3. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Ramona was a fan of paranormal romances... It seemed odd that someone who liked to read about werewolf sex could accuse her of writing unrealistically. If you want imperfect, why bother reading romance? You can simply go to a singles' bar and flirt with a guy who picks his teeth with a knife. To Aaron, all the coffee shops seemed similar. They all had too-clever names. (This one was called Brewed Awakening.) They all hung jarring amateur art on the walls and employed scary-looking Favorite Quotes: Ramona was a fan of paranormal romances... It seemed odd that someone who liked to read about werewolf sex could accuse her of writing unrealistically. If you want imperfect, why bother reading romance? You can simply go to a singles' bar and flirt with a guy who picks his teeth with a knife. To Aaron, all the coffee shops seemed similar. They all had too-clever names. (This one was called Brewed Awakening.) They all hung jarring amateur art on the walls and employed scary-looking baristas whose bare arms bloomed with tattoos or whose ears bristled with piercings. He would much rather pick up a Styrofoam coffee at a convenience store. Emma might like to believe she had a soft side but she was mostly sharp elbows, sharp fingernails, and especially sharp tongue. He noticed she ignored her drink. He didn't blame her. It looked like a glass of whale spit. Guys like that are always womanizers. Hell, if I looked like him, I'd be a womanizer too. Lucky for my wife, I look like a Brillo pad with legs and a moustache. Naturally you're hoping she has depth. But most gorgeous girls are like beautifully wrapped presents. When you open them up, all you get is packing peanuts. My Review: Love Literary Style was my first taste of Ms. Gillespie's gift for words and I am an instant fangirl of her clever humor, keen observations, and crisp style. I maintained a near constant smile and occasionally chirped as I read. Her delightfully odd and flawed characters bring new meaning to the words quirky, endearing, and indelibly peculiar. I adored the amusing storyline as much as I did her characters. The writing was smart, humorous, engrossing, brightly detailed, and highly entertaining. When my reading was rudely interrupted, I remained mentally engaged with the protagonists while completing other tasks, which I hurried through as quickly as possible to get back to the book. I adored every sentence and mourned reaching the satisfying conclusion as I would happily spend the next month with these colorful and nuanced characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Love Literary Style is story about opposites attracting and finding their happily ever afters. Laurie and Aaron are as opposite as they come. I really wanted to love this story. It's about my one of my favorite subjects, the literary world. I know I am probably going to be in the minority when I say unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did find the insights and commentary about the publishing world to be spot on and amusing. That is the one thing I did enjoy about the book and that raised my ratin Love Literary Style is story about opposites attracting and finding their happily ever afters. Laurie and Aaron are as opposite as they come. I really wanted to love this story. It's about my one of my favorite subjects, the literary world. I know I am probably going to be in the minority when I say unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did find the insights and commentary about the publishing world to be spot on and amusing. That is the one thing I did enjoy about the book and that raised my rating a little. But, I had a hard time liking either Laurie or Aaron. I felt like they were too extreme. Laurie came across as too much of an airhead. She wants to be a writer, but the only "Rom-Coms" I ever hear her mention are movies. She doesn't know who Toni Morrison is and has never heard the idiom, "The elephant in the room". Later, instead of taking constructive criticism on her book, she breaks up with Aaron. Those are just a few. I just found that a litle too far fetched. Aaron did have some redeeming qualitites. For instance, rescuing his puppy Dusty off the street. But, he was kind of dull. Are there people that clueless to social media still out there? He is in his late 20s but comes across as a 60 year old man. I just couldn't really see either of them together for a lasting relationship. I'll just have to chalk this romance up as not for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Love Literary Style is part The Rosie Project and part Legally Blonde. If you like romantic comedies in either film or book form, you will feel right at home among these pages. There’s a little bit of poking fun at the genre but overall it’s an affectionate homage to romance novels and “chick lit”. I didn't care for Laurie (too ditzy, for starters) but I love Aaron (great character growth). Aaron’s father is another character who can’t be dismissed. For all that I didn’t like Laurie, her scenes w Love Literary Style is part The Rosie Project and part Legally Blonde. If you like romantic comedies in either film or book form, you will feel right at home among these pages. There’s a little bit of poking fun at the genre but overall it’s an affectionate homage to romance novels and “chick lit”. I didn't care for Laurie (too ditzy, for starters) but I love Aaron (great character growth). Aaron’s father is another character who can’t be dismissed. For all that I didn’t like Laurie, her scenes with Aaron’s father were some of my very favorite in the book. Heartfelt and unexpected, this plot twist is something that elevated this book from a 3 star to a 4 star for me. The entire novel is really both a critique on itself and a nod to itself. Even as Aaron espouses his views on literary fiction and its merits, the events of the plot progress in true-to-form romance novel fashion. To the point that Aaron and Laurie both comment on that fact at separate intervals in the story. I love the irony! If you know what the acronym HEA means … if you can envision what “orbs the color of a South Carolina sky on a June afternoon” look like … if you understand the term “romantic false lead” or the word “trope”, then you are the target audience for Karin Gillepsie’s Love Literary Style. A book that rarely takes itself very seriously but provides enough heartwarming moments to prevent it from becoming a farce. Ideal for a quick break from reality, especially for chick flick and romance novel aficionados. Reviewer’s Note: This novel does contain some strong language, though it is not extensive, and several “door ajar” (non-graphic/non-explicit) intimate scenes. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) See my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura Spinella

    This is a reader’s book. What do I mean by that? If you are a ravenous reader and always looking to get your hands on something a bit different, (think Rosie Project), Love Literary Style is waiting for your library card stamp. This quirky, well-written, and downright hilarious novel is the intellectual’s romantic comedy. Like literary styles themselves, the story chronicles the diversity and dilemmas of opposing genres, via the love story of Aaron Mite, a highbrow writer of “true literary ficti This is a reader’s book. What do I mean by that? If you are a ravenous reader and always looking to get your hands on something a bit different, (think Rosie Project), Love Literary Style is waiting for your library card stamp. This quirky, well-written, and downright hilarious novel is the intellectual’s romantic comedy. Like literary styles themselves, the story chronicles the diversity and dilemmas of opposing genres, via the love story of Aaron Mite, a highbrow writer of “true literary fiction” and Laurie Lee, a romance writer, and a successful one at that. However, it’s the clever plotting and the author’s fresh humor that separates this book from the pack. Ms. Gillespie’s wit and thoughtful prose is bursting with snappy humor that hits on the beat, while offering the reader so much more than a typical love story. Trade publications have been smitten with the book since advance copies hit their desks, and I suspect most readers will have the same experience. Love Literary Style is a standout read, part rom-com, part skillful writing, and all-around exceptional storytelling.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A romance about the love of RomComs and of writing good romances. Clever premise. Lovable characters. Cozy book about the love of storytelling.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Page

    On the surface I supposed you could call this a romance novel, but the characters function more like vehicles to discuss the merits of literary vs. genre fiction. If you’re interested in serious writing or rom-com, you’ll recognize the arguments Karin Gillespie cleverly makes through her characters as they navigate social media marketing, publishers, editors, agents, book sellers, craft, and process. I found myself nodding along and smiling for most of the novel. The pacing holds steady, using j On the surface I supposed you could call this a romance novel, but the characters function more like vehicles to discuss the merits of literary vs. genre fiction. If you’re interested in serious writing or rom-com, you’ll recognize the arguments Karin Gillespie cleverly makes through her characters as they navigate social media marketing, publishers, editors, agents, book sellers, craft, and process. I found myself nodding along and smiling for most of the novel. The pacing holds steady, using just as much time as is necessary for each section while Gillespie holds the ending from us yet edges readers forward. Check out the full review at Grab the Lapels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    I was captivated by the summary of Karin Gillespie's novel, Love Literary Style. Aaron Mite is a literary snob who meets Laurie Lee at a writers' colony, and thinks she's another literary novelist. When he realizes she an indie published romance writer, he's horrified. But, it's too late. He's already fallen for Laurie. Then, I met Gillespie's characters, and didn't fall for either of them. But, opposites do attract, and, in this case, they changed each other for the better. Even Laurie Lee woul I was captivated by the summary of Karin Gillespie's novel, Love Literary Style. Aaron Mite is a literary snob who meets Laurie Lee at a writers' colony, and thinks she's another literary novelist. When he realizes she an indie published romance writer, he's horrified. But, it's too late. He's already fallen for Laurie. Then, I met Gillespie's characters, and didn't fall for either of them. But, opposites do attract, and, in this case, they changed each other for the better. Even Laurie Lee would find the ending of the novel satisfying. Aaron Mite is an adjunct professor at a university in Atlanta, putting in his time while writing novels. But, he can't win the approval of his father, a literary critic and professor who urges him to get his PhD, saying he can't write. Aaron's girlfriend, Emma, is the manager of a literary bookstore, and she belittles him and denigrates his writing. It isn't until he goes to a writers' colony that he meets someone who is excited about his future, Laurie Lee. Laurie Lee has only been writing for six months, and she self-published her first romance. Recently widowed, she's basing her characters on herself. Her best friend isn't excited about Laurie's books, so she's amazed when she receives the only scholarship to a writer's colony. Once there, though, she has writer's block. But, a hot night with the charmingly disheveled Aaron could inspire Laurie's writing. Gillespie introduces a cast of characters that it's easy to dislike. Aaron appears to be a wimp. Laurie is a ditz who can't stick to one idea. Aaron's father and girlfriend treat him terribly. It takes a skillful writer to turn some of the characters around. The reader will find themselves rooting for Aaron and Laurie, and, despite outward appearances, feeling for Aaron's father. There are humorous scenes and moments throughout the book. Laurie might be a blond Southerner, but she's not typical. "Laurie was not one of those Southern women who picked at their grains of food like malnourished chickens; she had the appetite of a St. Bernard." As a library assistant, Laurie shows a great deal of ineptitude. She lacks a basic knowledge of popular authors, but it only adds to the humor in the story. Looking for a story that pokes fun at the literary establishment while turning lives upside down? Try Karin Gillespie's Love Literary Style.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    4.5 Stars! 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 4.5 Stars! 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary novelist falling in love with a self-published romance writer? That’s the premise in Karin Gillespie’s deliciously charming new book, LOVE LITERARY STYLE (HENERYPRESS). Meet novelist Professor Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a mean, rude bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned Genius M They say opposites attract, and what could be more opposite than a stuffy literary novelist falling in love with a self-published romance writer? That’s the premise in Karin Gillespie’s deliciously charming new book, LOVE LITERARY STYLE (HENERYPRESS). Meet novelist Professor Aaron Mite. He lives in a flea-infested rented alcove, and his girlfriend Emma, a mean, rude bookstore owner, has just dumped him. He meets Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony and mistakenly believes her to be a renowned Genius MacArthur Recipient writer of important fiction. Her idea of reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, is watching the Keira Knightley movie, PBS is too long. 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. Ironically Aaron doesn’t seem to realize that, despite his lofty literary aspirations, he’s emotionally frozen, due, in part, to a childhood tragedy. Aaron has gone through most of his life expecting very little pleasure or happiness. 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 is dumped from a prestigious press, and Laurie’s novel, “Canine Cupid” is optioned by a major film studio, the differences in their literary sensibilities and temperaments drive them apart. But this is a rom-com so you know the journey is going to end happily ever after. Aaron didn’t like genre fiction for that very reason, knowing the ending, but Laurie said reading romance books was about the journey to the destination. Karin Gillespie creates likeable characters and enough twists and spins for an enjoyable read. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is literally a delight.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    A rom-com with a HEA that left me wanting to hug the author. Translation: A romantic comedy with a Happy Ever After that left me smiling. The world of authors and publishers is just as class-conscious as any other industry; Indie, Genre, Literary. Every author is judged on their association and every publishing level has expectations of their authors when it comes to social networking and book launching responsibilities. When Laurie Lee is mistaken for Laura T Leer, she finds herself at a writers' A rom-com with a HEA that left me wanting to hug the author. Translation: A romantic comedy with a Happy Ever After that left me smiling. The world of authors and publishers is just as class-conscious as any other industry; Indie, Genre, Literary. Every author is judged on their association and every publishing level has expectations of their authors when it comes to social networking and book launching responsibilities. When Laurie Lee is mistaken for Laura T Leer, she finds herself at a writers' retreat where her next door neighbor Aaron Mite becomes the focus of her recovery from heartbreak. A fling becomes a relationship that is doomed by personal tragedies and professional prejudices. But can Laurie's brightness overcome Aaron's darkness? One of Karin Gillespie's best works to date. I received a copy of this ebook from Henery Press through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    A delightful romance, I don't read many romances however this held my attention and I finished it in one setting. A couple of writers meet at a Writer's Colony and began an affair. Aaron Mite, an unpublished author meets Laurie Lee who self-publish her light easy reading romances. Aaron under mistaken belief that Laurie is a well-known published author. As the affair processes their writing styles clash. Aaron receives a contract for his book. You feel his excitement and his disbelief as his suc A delightful romance, I don't read many romances however this held my attention and I finished it in one setting. A couple of writers meet at a Writer's Colony and began an affair. Aaron Mite, an unpublished author meets Laurie Lee who self-publish her light easy reading romances. Aaron under mistaken belief that Laurie is a well-known published author. As the affair processes their writing styles clash. Aaron receives a contract for his book. You feel his excitement and his disbelief as his success vanish. Meanwhile, Laurie receives a movie contract for one of her books and becomes a Pop Star. I learned a new term HEA. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from HENERY PRESS through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    What a fun book. It's an enjoyable romance wherein the main characters must grow in order to be able to appreciate each other and become fully capable in their own lives. On another level, it's a delightfully snarky expose' of the literary world, from wannabe authors to the very top level of publishing. You'll laugh as you watch various characters preen and parade, hide behind the barriers that make them feel safe, or make their deals with the devil - or choose not to. Plainspoken and funny, the What a fun book. It's an enjoyable romance wherein the main characters must grow in order to be able to appreciate each other and become fully capable in their own lives. On another level, it's a delightfully snarky expose' of the literary world, from wannabe authors to the very top level of publishing. You'll laugh as you watch various characters preen and parade, hide behind the barriers that make them feel safe, or make their deals with the devil - or choose not to. Plainspoken and funny, there's still a lesson here. Especially enjoyable for writers, I'm sure. I'm now curious about Gillespie's other books. Recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    I gave this book 4 stars because it was such a pleasure to read. It was warm, funny, with engaging, well-developed characters and a love story fill with the unexpected. As a book lover, I couldn't get enough of the never-ending genre vs. literary theme. My heart swelled as the lovers grew both as people and as writers. That is all, really. This book lifted my spirits. It is another one that makes me want to read again. Hat's off to Karin Gillespie! I gave this book 4 stars because it was such a pleasure to read. It was warm, funny, with engaging, well-developed characters and a love story fill with the unexpected. As a book lover, I couldn't get enough of the never-ending genre vs. literary theme. My heart swelled as the lovers grew both as people and as writers. That is all, really. This book lifted my spirits. It is another one that makes me want to read again. Hat's off to Karin Gillespie!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy Avanzino

    I was fortunate to get my hands on an early copy from Karin herself. She has become one of my favorite authors. As a northerner, I just cannot get enough of her great southern wit and charm. I loved this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    A cheeky, fun romantic comedy that has a good-natured laugh at its own expense while mildly mocking the literary crowd as well. I enjoyed every step along the way to HEA (Happily Ever After) Land and loved the surprise at the end. I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    I feel that I should preface this review by saying that I don't read a lot of romance novels. I do, however, occasionally read and enjoy the genre, and I was intrigued by this book's setting in the literary world. I am so glad that I decided to read it! Yes, there is definitely a love story as a case of mistaken identity leads to an aspiring literary writer falling in love with a self-published romantic comedy writer. The relationship between the two is handled with humor, but also with a depth o I feel that I should preface this review by saying that I don't read a lot of romance novels. I do, however, occasionally read and enjoy the genre, and I was intrigued by this book's setting in the literary world. I am so glad that I decided to read it! Yes, there is definitely a love story as a case of mistaken identity leads to an aspiring literary writer falling in love with a self-published romantic comedy writer. The relationship between the two is handled with humor, but also with a depth of character and plot development that is often missing in love stories. In addition to the mistaken-identity romance storyline, the reader will enjoy learning a bit about the business of writing and publishing from both main characters' perspectives. You'll follow Aaron in his quest to follow the traditional route to publication via an agent and major publishing house, as well as Laurie's self-published, social-media-heavy career made possible largely by her own determination. A high point of the story for me was Laurie's relationship with Aaron's father, which provided additional emotional depth for both characters. Pet lovers will be pleased by some dog-related antics, and saddened by some not-so-happy moments. The surprise character reveal at the end was delightful, as I did NOT see it coming, and it fit perfectly with the storyline. (I won't say more to avoid spoilers.) Although a romance is the key element of this book, the story offers so much more than that. Ms. Gillespie has a lot to say about learning who you really are, accepting that once you've figured it out, and truly devoting yourself to going after what you want in life. Five out of five hunks of my favorite yummy cheddar!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    This book really surprised me...in a good way! When I started reading this book, I was expecting a light-hearted love story, and in some ways it is....but it is also so much more! Aaron and Laurie meet at a writer's colony; she is an enthusiastic, fledgling romance writer; he is a stuffy, opinionated writer who scoffs at "genre" novels such as Laurie's books. This book evolves into a poignant, tender story of two people who each undergo their own transformations. Delightfully original, with unex This book really surprised me...in a good way! When I started reading this book, I was expecting a light-hearted love story, and in some ways it is....but it is also so much more! Aaron and Laurie meet at a writer's colony; she is an enthusiastic, fledgling romance writer; he is a stuffy, opinionated writer who scoffs at "genre" novels such as Laurie's books. This book evolves into a poignant, tender story of two people who each undergo their own transformations. Delightfully original, with unexpected revelations that help the characters grow personally, professionally, and how they relate to each other. This book also gives readers an inside look into the world of publishing which was fascinating!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality This was a very interesting story. Not just the romance, but the way that it was written. I’m still thinking about that part. The story is a romance between an aspiring literary novelist and an aspiring romance novelist. She finds his litfic dreary, and he thinks her romance is purely drivel. Of course, they are both wrong. As the book begins we are following the literary fiction author, the unfortunately named Aaron Mite. Because frankly, his ego, his confid Originally published at Reading Reality This was a very interesting story. Not just the romance, but the way that it was written. I’m still thinking about that part. The story is a romance between an aspiring literary novelist and an aspiring romance novelist. She finds his litfic dreary, and he thinks her romance is purely drivel. Of course, they are both wrong. As the book begins we are following the literary fiction author, the unfortunately named Aaron Mite. Because frankly, his ego, his confidence and his spirit are all about the size of mite. Awfully tiny. Aaron’s part of the story also reads like the worst conventions of literary fiction. The hero is a hapless, hopeless everyman, his life is going nowhere, his dreams are dying, and his life story seems formless, vague and plotless. Also pointless, except where it heaps more angst upon him through the agencies of his equally abusive father and girlfriend. But when Aaron takes himself to a literary authors’ retreat outside the city, he finds himself falling into a romantic comedy that he never even thought of. Laurie Lee is an aspiring romance writer with a couple of self-published books under her belt. She is astonished to receive a scholarship to the elite writers retreat, but vows to make use of the time on her next novel. Laurie and Aaron are occupying opposite sides of a duplex at the retreat. Laurie thinks Aaron is kind of cute in a bookish sort of way, and she is in the market for a fling after a long and sad dry spell. But it takes a lot of effort for her to get Aaron to respond to her, because he’s not just painfully withdrawn, but also simply can’t believe that a famous novelist would possibly even want to talk to him. Laurie is at the retreat as the beneficiary of a case of mistaken identity. The retreat intended to invite award winning author Laura Leer, but instead sent the acceptance to Laurie Lee. Laurie is determined to make lemonade out of the lemons, but Aaron begins looking down on her from that moment forward. In spite of the fact that they have been spending most of the retreat together, having the best sex that either of them has ever had. Even though their mistaken identity meet cute still manages to lead to real romance, it always seems like the HEA that Laurie longs for is always just a bit out of reach. Aaron’s attitude towards her writing is pretty obvious, and even more so after her next book is picked up by a big name actress and a Hollywood studio. Their break up seems inevitable. Their getting back together seems impossible, especially with fate conspiring with his old girlfriend and Hollywood to keep them apart. But an assist from a couple of very surprising guardian angels gives them one more chance at happiness. Because Aaron and Laurie’s story has changed from dreary litfic to HEA rom com! Escape Rating B: As someone who has occasionally been forced to read literary fiction, generally at gunpoint, the commentary about the publishing business in general and literary fiction conventions in particular was always spot on. Which doesn’t stop Aaron’s sections from being a bit dreary to read, because Aaron has been leading a very dreary life. The point of the story is to inject some romance, some comedy, and some just plain life into that otherwise angsty story. It’s fun watching things turn around. A comparison has been made between Laurie Lee and the heroine of Legally Blond. Laurie is a character who doesn’t even realize that her incredible good looks often get her much further ahead than her brains, although she has plenty of those, too. She’s also a bit of a pollyanna, always seeing the best of things and people. The tragedy in her background doesn’t seem to have gotten her down one little bit. But the revelation that the Hollywood studio has bought her story for the plot she contrived and not for her mediocre writing skills is a blow. But she gets right up again and goes after what she wants, which is to be a real writer and not just a name on the cover. That Aaron’s rather Scrooge-like father becomes her mentor and guardian angel in her quest to improve her writing seems like a surprising twist, but is also adds a lovely redemption arc to the book. In the end, the story comes to its inevitable HEA, but does so in a way that feels fresh. And at the same time, firmly in the rom-com “tradition”.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Aaron Mite is an adjunct professor at university, he takes his literature very seriously, and he dreams of writing The Great American Novel, much to the displeasure of his father, the illustrious Dr. Horace Flowers, a renowned literary critic. Dr. Flowers is the snobbiest to Aaron’s snob. Laurie Lee, works as a library assistant while studying to be a nail technician, and she’s also been writing for the past six months. She’s bubbly, enthusiastic, all girlie-girl; she’s all pink and quirky. She Aaron Mite is an adjunct professor at university, he takes his literature very seriously, and he dreams of writing The Great American Novel, much to the displeasure of his father, the illustrious Dr. Horace Flowers, a renowned literary critic. Dr. Flowers is the snobbiest to Aaron’s snob. Laurie Lee, works as a library assistant while studying to be a nail technician, and she’s also been writing for the past six months. She’s bubbly, enthusiastic, all girlie-girl; she’s all pink and quirky. She loves romance novels, rom-coms, and Happy Ever Afters. Laurie has applied for a writers’ retreat, and when she is accepted, she’s also awarded a full scholarship; there is a tiny mistake in her name, however: it’s addressed to Laura T. Leer. Aaron had also been accepted at the retreat. Laurie has been widowed a year, and her bestie tells her it’s about time Laurie had a fling. Laurie had already ogled her duplex neighbour – Aaron – so it’s a no-brainer, she thinks he’s cute, he’s obviously a fellow writer, and close by… What an odd little book, and definitely not what I expected. Sendups are hard to pull off successfully, and while Ms. Gillespie works so very, very, very hard at it, I felt LOVE LITERARY STYLE completely misses the mark. The first third comprises just about every cliché found in romance novels – except for sexual encounters, where so much could have been done – and while I guess it was supposed to be either side-splitting or so tongue-in-cheek, I would snort, I found it dull and the characters flat. The farce is either not broad enough or too much so, and not witty in the least. On the other hand, LOVE LITERARY STYLE is quite enlightening when it comes to publishing and marketing books, the merits of various genres of literature, some scholarly bits, and polishing one’s writing style. I expect I might be alone in my corner with my views on this book. I was expecting a light and witty read, and what I read was a desperate attempt at quirkiness while familiarizing myself with technical aspects on how to be a successful writer. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Even though I REALLY enjoy books about books, I cringe a little whenever I start a new one. I half expect camp and contrivance, as much as I hope it gives me a protagonist who loves reading and writing as much as I do. I had nothing to fear with Love Literary Style. Gillespie wrote a perfectly entertaining and thought-provoking account of Laurie Lee, novice romance novelist, and her meet-cutie Aaron Mite, fancy schmancy highbrow lit fic writer extraordinaire. Their ups and downs totally work. Th Even though I REALLY enjoy books about books, I cringe a little whenever I start a new one. I half expect camp and contrivance, as much as I hope it gives me a protagonist who loves reading and writing as much as I do. I had nothing to fear with Love Literary Style. Gillespie wrote a perfectly entertaining and thought-provoking account of Laurie Lee, novice romance novelist, and her meet-cutie Aaron Mite, fancy schmancy highbrow lit fic writer extraordinaire. Their ups and downs totally work. The author talking to the reader via the characters is ingenious. Aaron Mite’s longtime girlfriend is bizarre … and maybe a necessary foil so Aaron could really find himself. The best thing Laurie Lee did for herself and her relationships was also my favorite part of the book: finding an expert to help improve her writing. He gave her so much more, and she knew it and appreciated it. I also ADORED the ending — a happily ever after, of course — and Gillespie wrote this one with aplomb. I read an advance copy, and there was an error (alluded instead of eluded) in a scene that references a famous movie. Reading incorrect vocabulary gets under my skin in general, but I kind of couldn’t believe I read this in a book about writing books. Fortunately, Gillespie’s lovely epilogue made me forget all about it. She tied up all the loose … ends; and that made it easy to grin and … bear it. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://randombookmuses.com/2016/11/0... NetGalley provided an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Aaron is a stereotypical adjunct professor in Atlanta, Georgia. He is teaching composition, believes that cliches are the enemies of good writing and he hates improper word usage! He is so perfect for this job, but his real love is in writing his own novels. His genre is literary fiction which he views to be superior of any other. He has been called a literary snob and is quite proud of that moniker. Aaron is at a writing colony for a session and his next door neighbor is a beautiful blonde who Aaron is a stereotypical adjunct professor in Atlanta, Georgia. He is teaching composition, believes that cliches are the enemies of good writing and he hates improper word usage! He is so perfect for this job, but his real love is in writing his own novels. His genre is literary fiction which he views to be superior of any other. He has been called a literary snob and is quite proud of that moniker. Aaron is at a writing colony for a session and his next door neighbor is a beautiful blonde who sings and laughs out loud; she also is a romance writer! The beautiful blond is Laurie and she notices the shaggy, unkempt guy next door. She would love to have a colony "fling", the only question is how she's going to arrange it! This is just a small taste of the story but I would love for readers to sit back with a cup of their favorite adult beverage and savor every word! This is truly one of the best books I've read this year! It's got it all! A beautifully-written contemporary romance that has amazing depth of characters and an engaging story that had me reading long into the night. I would highly recommend it and give it the highest number of stars! As a retired librarian and teacher, I love to read about authors with the wonderful talent that I only dream about! This book does it all, and more! Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie will be available November 1, 2016 by Henery Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    What an amazing story! I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time putting the book down to do other things (like make dinner!). Laurie and Aaron meet by chance at a writer's colony, plus he thinks she is a famous author. Laurie writes romance novels and is looking for a fling to enhance her life experiences and expand her writing knowledge. What they don't expect to find is love. Aaron's character is very snobbish. He is a literary fiction writer and thinks that anyone that writes anyt What an amazing story! I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time putting the book down to do other things (like make dinner!). Laurie and Aaron meet by chance at a writer's colony, plus he thinks she is a famous author. Laurie writes romance novels and is looking for a fling to enhance her life experiences and expand her writing knowledge. What they don't expect to find is love. Aaron's character is very snobbish. He is a literary fiction writer and thinks that anyone that writes anything else is just mundane. Honestly, his character is very hard to like for at least half of the book. I've read literary fiction and most of the time I am not wild about the books and sometimes you just want to enjoy a book without having to think about the story line. Laurie is very whimsical (she is a romance writer after all), bubbly and beautiful. However, she is not a great writer. Sadly, Aaron decides to tell her this, and I'm sure you can imagine it does not go well and doesn't bode well for their relationship. But both Aaron and Laurie learn a lot about themselves and life through various events, and it makes both of them better people for those experiences. I so want to go into more detail, but I do not want to spoil the book. Suffice it to say, there is redemption and forgiveness, along with the growth of both characters. But don't think this is a serious book, there are many humorous parts throughout and of course a HEA - Happily Ever After.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I won this book through Goodreads First-reads. This is no way influenced my review. I became a huge Karin Gillespie fan after reading her Dollar Daze Girls series so I was really looking forward to Love Literary Style. This author did not disappoint. Aaron Mite is the nerdy writer who believes his style of writing is the only way to write. While at a writers' colony he meets Laurie Lee, a romance writer, and is attracted to her but thinks she is someone else. Laurie Lee is far from Aaron's type. S I won this book through Goodreads First-reads. This is no way influenced my review. I became a huge Karin Gillespie fan after reading her Dollar Daze Girls series so I was really looking forward to Love Literary Style. This author did not disappoint. Aaron Mite is the nerdy writer who believes his style of writing is the only way to write. While at a writers' colony he meets Laurie Lee, a romance writer, and is attracted to her but thinks she is someone else. Laurie Lee is far from Aaron's type. She is a bubbly type who dresses quite colorfully. But that doesn't stop these two from pursuing a relationship once they are back home. They end up moving in together and things are going quite well except for the fact that Aaron doesn't believe in lying. He doesn't think of how his criticism could hurt Laurie. It may have been of the constructive kind but it hit a nerve with her so much so that she asked Aaron to move out. I really don't want to say anymore as it will give too much away. I became really engrossed in this book and finished it in one day. It is really a touching love story and Miss Gillespie at her best. I won this book in a Goodreads-first reads. This did not influence my review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This was a fun read. Both main characters were well-developed and quirky  – but in extremely different ways. Their meeting is founded in a case of mistaken identity. The attraction between them is  immediate and strong, with humorous ups and downs as the story progresses. I enjoyed the writer’s treatment of the issue of genre fiction vs. literature and the preconceived notions some people have about the different types of work and their authors.  Laurie’s enthusiasm for writing and her determinat This was a fun read. Both main characters were well-developed and quirky  – but in extremely different ways. Their meeting is founded in a case of mistaken identity. The attraction between them is  immediate and strong, with humorous ups and downs as the story progresses. I enjoyed the writer’s treatment of the issue of genre fiction vs. literature and the preconceived notions some people have about the different types of work and their authors.  Laurie’s enthusiasm for writing and her determination to become a published author shines through, making her an appealing character.  Aaron is not as likeable, at least not at first. He kind of grows on you. His backstory is the root behind many of his hang-ups and is only gradually revealed to Laurie and the reader as the plot progresses and reaches its satisfying finish. I expect that readers who enjoy romance novels with a bit of humor will enjoy this book. Disclosure:  I received an ARC of this book.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

  27. 5 out of 5

    Connie Vincent

    What happens when a literary writer meets a romance novelist? Aaron is on the cusp of a promising career, but he's having trouble navigating the "new" publishing world where he's expected to have a social media presence and promote his novel. He's also a snob, who is quick to judge other writers. Emma isn't the best writer, but she has wonderful ideas and she's beginning to have a small following in the world of self-publishing. She loves romantic comedies and that is what she writes. She wants What happens when a literary writer meets a romance novelist? Aaron is on the cusp of a promising career, but he's having trouble navigating the "new" publishing world where he's expected to have a social media presence and promote his novel. He's also a snob, who is quick to judge other writers. Emma isn't the best writer, but she has wonderful ideas and she's beginning to have a small following in the world of self-publishing. She loves romantic comedies and that is what she writes. She wants to tell a good story. She loves to write. She keeps a strict schedule and she seeks editing advice. When Aaron and Emma meet, he doesn't know she's a romance writer. He's smitten by her charm, personality, and beauty. Once her secret out, he doesn't put much stock in her writing career until a major publisher offers Emma more money than he feels genre writing should warrant. Sweet and funny. Gillespie's latest novel will make you laugh all the way to the HEA.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    What a cute book! You just cannot help who you fall in love with! A stuffy literary author and a self-published romance author - who knew they could be a match? Definitely not the too-good-for-romance-authors man, especially when he falls for an author that he believes is another well-known author. At times, you want to shake the high and mighty out of Aaron but hope that in due time he will realize what he has in front of him. Aaron's actions are understandable due to the strained relationship What a cute book! You just cannot help who you fall in love with! A stuffy literary author and a self-published romance author - who knew they could be a match? Definitely not the too-good-for-romance-authors man, especially when he falls for an author that he believes is another well-known author. At times, you want to shake the high and mighty out of Aaron but hope that in due time he will realize what he has in front of him. Aaron's actions are understandable due to the strained relationship he has with his father. As you read, you feel as though you are in the story right along side Laurie and Aaron. You become part of the story. Very well written. I received a free advanced reading copy of this book and voluntarily read it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    I didn't expect to enjoy Love Literary style so much,this is one of those books you love or despise and I adored it. This was the first time I've read Karin Gillespie work but her writing made me a new fan. I liked her flawed characters,her humour and the fascinating insights into the book world. Laurie,our heroine, is my favorite character.I liked her vitality,her positive attitude and good soul. I'm not ashamed to say that we share the love for rom-com and chick lit. Aaron is the character who sur I didn't expect to enjoy Love Literary style so much,this is one of those books you love or despise and I adored it. This was the first time I've read Karin Gillespie work but her writing made me a new fan. I liked her flawed characters,her humour and the fascinating insights into the book world. Laurie,our heroine, is my favorite character.I liked her vitality,her positive attitude and good soul. I'm not ashamed to say that we share the love for rom-com and chick lit. Aaron is the character who surprised me the most because he changed and grew page after page becoming a better person who deserves happiness and a real love. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    This book is a real charmer! There is such richness in characters, plot and setting. There is something in this book for everyone..humor, friendship, love and so much more. I literally could not put this book down. It was so engrossing, fun and well plotted. A true gem of brilliant writing!

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