First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

​Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening again. Ten years ago, despite her best efforts, Lee Archer wanted to be just friends. Now, he wants more, but Jessie's still recovering from a psycho ex-husband. Can she learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?

​Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

Review - 

First Crush, Last Love offer the classic romance storyline - lost opportunity and the journey back to see if it can ever be captured. Within that category this book falls under the list without sexual content warnings which is my preference. I like my romance book with just a hint of sexual tension rather that having it all laid out in great detail.

Here you have Jessie who is madly enamored of a high school male friend - Lee. While he seems to enjoy her company as a friend, his romantic endeavors are focused on a high-maintenance, mean girl classmate. Finally a new boyfriend comes into her life and she revels in being wanted. This romance leads to marriage, but the relationship is unhealthy and in the long run doomed.

The story line through the book follows 2 paths - that of Jessie and that of her high school crush, Lee, as they move through separate lives that do not offer perfection.  When they finally both end up back in their home town - he has returned to live and work, she is only there for their high school reunion - Jessie finds those strong feelings for Lee long buried again rising to torment her.

And here it is that the classic romance story dilemma comes into play. Does Lee now hare the same romantic feelings as Jessie or is he still just interested in friendship? Will they find love this time around or is romance just not in the cards for this pair?

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Meet the Author - 

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Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her 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 site She hopes you will enjoy her first contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, as much as others have enjoyed her historical romances.

​Elizabeth 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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