First of all, just to clarify, this is NOT hentai (cartoon porn).
Now, on to the review. Well, personally, I picked up the novel after having friends raving about it and always being recommended it. So, handed over my ten euros, thank you very much and was on my why. Upon getting home, I actually read some of my other purchases first, but Love Hina put them all to shame. To say it's gripping, is an understatement. Obviously, the first thing you notcie is the art. I have grown to become quite a fan of Mr. Akamatsu. His style isn't too simple yet not unnecessarily detailed and cluttered. As for the story, well, from the first volume you get a good idea from where it's going to head and what's the gist, but from reading previews of other volumes, there are plenty of surprises in store. The jokes are genuinely funny and don't get boring like in the anime and everything comes at an interesting pace, never too fast, never too slow.
Suffice to say, last friday I ordered volumes 2 - 14 in one order.