First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna Book Tour
This contemporary romance was a nice change of pace from my usual reads. My usual reads consist of either hot and heavy romance or thriller/suspense genres. So I wasn’t sure if I would like or enjoy this book. Truth is I really liked it, actually I related to the first part of the story quite a bit. This book included a few heavy topics, so it was nice that it included a note from the author that advised of trigger warnings. I really enjoyed this book, and think that unless you have underlying or severe issues that may be triggered by reading about attempted suicide, drinking, homosexuality, AIDS, or abuse you will enjoy it too. One thing that I really liked about the characters is that the author made them believable. Another thing I loved is the way this book is divided into three parts. In part 1 we read about Jessie’s high school days, in part 2 we find out about Jessie & Lee’s separate lives after high school. And in part 3 we read about their 10 year high school reunion which Jessie & Lee finally get a chance to come together. Will it work out for them? You’ll have to read this book to find out.
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.
“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.“
Above quotes are from Amazon.com Read an excerpt HERE
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.