#review First Crush, Last Love by @ElizaMcKenna #bvbtours #giveaway
Back in high school, Lee Archer had the power to make Jessie Baxter’s cheeks flush and her heart race. But the popular athlete never wanted to be more than just friends. Ten years later, after a failed marriage and with her journalism career on shaky ground, Jessie’s come home for her high school reunion–and Lee still has the power to make her knees weak and her pulse pound.
Lee’s teenage years were filled with more trauma and drama than anyone guessed. Though his damaged past has helped make him a successful police detective, it’s hurt every relationship he’s tried. But seeing the grown-up, stunning Jessie might just change his commitment-phobic mind.
Jessie’s psycho ex-husband had her convinced no one would ever love her, but Lee is ready to step out of the friend zone and into her heart. Can she learn to trust again before she loses her chance to turn her first crush into her last love?
Elizabeth McKenna’s novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the joy of finding true love at last.
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“Elizabeth McKenna has a way of making the characters so real.“
“This is a truly beautiful story of hope, love and a second chance at first love again.“
“The author infused lots of life into the characters, which in turn made the storyline come alive.“
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About the author
Though Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).
She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website here. She hopes you will enjoy her first contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, as much as others have enjoyed her historical romances.
Elizabeth, aka Maureen Lippert, lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.
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First Crush, Last Love will take you back to the 80/90’s high school drama of loving the cool guy only to have your feelings rebuffed but still you remember them as clear as day for the rest of your life. This is a second chance love story that is full of gritty real live drama that covers topics of domestic violence, attempted suicide, stalking as well as drinking and abuse. There is a warning at the beginning stating these topics are in the story,
For Jessie and Lee their story is split into three parts, the first being all about their high school years, then their separate lives after, and then their 10-year reunion. All though their high school years Jessie has crushed on Lee but Lee just sees her as a really good friend, and he is also dating Tina who is basically the school biatch. They have a turbulent relationship at the best of time and Jessie for the life of her cant understand why Lee stays with her. But as we learn more of Lee’s home life and past we can see that he thinks Jessie is too good for him.
When they leave school and go their separate ways, Jessie ends up marrying and staying in town whilst Lee heads to Chicago and becomes a police officer. For Jessie her life becomes one of control at the hands of her husband and whilst the domestic violence is there it doesn’t go into too great a detail, but enough to see what is bubbling under the surface of their relationship. As the years go by and Lee starts to date and want to settle down he knows within his heart that something is missing but its not until he gives up his life and moves back to his hometown now as a detective that he realises that Jessie is what was missing.
From the beginning you know this story is about them finally getting together, but you just don’t anticipate what they have to endure – especially Jessie, in their years apart to get to the point where they become each other Last Love. This was a great story that I read in a few hours and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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