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First Crush Last Love Paperback – August 11, 2017
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From the Author
FIRST CRUSH, LAST LOVE started out as a fictional memoir. Throughout the various crises I have faced, I often mumbled, "This will make a great book someday." I wrote this story to exorcise the demons in my head. It took four long years to finish, and there were times that I thought I wouldn't reach the end, but then a lucky thing happened - the characters took on their own identities and their storylines evolved away from my life. Some scenes are still true to my past, though it is not important which ones. I will tell you that I did obsess over a boy throughout high school. I did move on and marry someone else, which ended in failure. And, just like Jessie, I did marry that high school crush and we are living happily ever after.
I hope you enjoy my story.
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 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.
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Do you remember your first crush? The way you felt and how you blushed and stammered? The way you felt that this person was going to be your forever love and that you couldn't imagine your life without them. It truly is a magical and special feeling. Sometimes though that person can be your forever love and even when time separates you, when you meet them again - those feelings come rushing back.
This book touches on the crush and growing love that Jessie has for Lee. She loves and admires him but he is stuck in an unhealthy relationship with the most popular girl at school. He doesn't allow himself to have a healthy relationship and I honestly feel this stems from his upbringing and childhood. Life was not easy for him growing up and I truly feel this is what causes him to make the decisions he does, to not have healthy relationships and to be afraid of one who would be healthy and positive for him. Instead he keeps Jessie as a best friend, close enough that he can count on her and have her in his life but never altering their dynamics.
Jessie on the other hand tries to move on from Lee but instead allows herself to enter into a hateful marriage. She wants so much to be love and doesn't feel like she deserves it and doesn't know what love feels like, that she accepts being treated awfully, physically, mentally and emotionally abused. Your heart breaks for her throughout the novel.
When the two have the chance to make things right between them, you can see them struggle with their own feelings of inadequacy, distrust and self-confidence. You want to make them give their heads a shake but also understand this is years of damage done to their esteem and self-love, that they need to move slowly and re-learn how to trust and have faith in another person. This is a truly beautiful story of hope, love and a second chance at first love again.
This book follows Jessie and Lee, who have been good friends for years even though Jessie has always longed for more from their friendship. Every time either of them works up the courage something else interrupts. These two go through other relationships throughout the years but always feel like there is a piece missing. When they reconnect at their high school reunion, neither of them can deny their connection is still present. But so much has happened in their lives that risking their hearts may not be as simple anymore..
Based on the title alone I was pretty sure I knew how this book was going to go, but the journey the author took us on to get there was quite the ride. The book was broken into three parts: when they’re in high school, after college, and their ten year reunion. This is probably one of the sweetest second chance romances I’ve ever read – Jessie and Lee are one of those couples that are destined for each other. The author wrote both of these characters so well that you could understand their hesitation and almost relate to their personal walls they constructed. The author captured my attention right at the beginning and I was so engrossed in the story I didn’t realize I had been reading for a few hours! If you enjoy second chance romances then you should read this one.
**4 Stars - I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
Now go back further in time. Back to your very first crush. Do you remember how ot felt? Jessie Baxter does. Her first crush was Lee Archer and ten years earlier he told her that he just wanted to be friends.
Now, Lee wants Jessie's heart, but her psychotic ex-husband has really messed up her head. You will have to read this book to find out if Jessie and Lee will have a second chance at love.
Author Elizabeth McKenna has done a great job of character development and by the end of the book, you can't help but feel invested in the character's lives.
Readers will also find themselves looking back at their own high school experiences and waxing nostalgic about their own first crush.
This feel good, second chance romance will put a smile on the face of even the most stoic, jaded reader. It is for this reason that I rate FIRST CRUSH, LAST LOVE as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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The second half of the story was hard to read. This is because while Jessie saw some of the signs that Billy was the jealous type and she was warned by her friend; yet, she still proceeded to marry him. This is when the abuse got worse. While the scenes were few and far between and not very graphic, it is still hard to read about anyone...woman or man being abused by another. Jessie may have been married to an abuser but Lee did date one as well with his old high school girlfriend.
The final act was short as well but it felt as if Jessie and Lee had been interacting with one another for a long time and not just reconnecting for the first time in ten years. I am glad that Lee and Jessie found their happy ending.
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