Book & Author Details:
First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
This book is told in three phases, and each has a different tone to the others.
In the first phase, High School, the author has done a good job of capturing the drama and angst inherent in teen life and does a good job of setting the scene for the balance of the book.
The second phase is more difficult to read, and rightly so, given the issues dealt with. The author skillfully crafts a scenario which allows the reader to develop a deeper connection with Jessie and to want more for her.
And that “more” comes in the final phase. And whilst this was perhaps the bit that I felt was over too quickly. Not rushed, because that would imply that the author didn’t give the reunion sufficient focus; but for my personal tastes, I was engaged enough with the relationship that I simply wasn’t quite ready for it to end.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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 website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. 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.