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My Review of First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna

FIRST CRUSH, LAST LOVE by Elizabeth McKenna

Romance – Contemporary
Date Published: 8/1/17
My Rating: 4 Stars


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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.

My Thoughts

This was my first read from author Elizabeth McKenna but I was so excited about reading this book because it reminded me of mine & my husband’s story 🙂


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.

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About the Author

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 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.

Contact Links
Twitter @ElizaMcKenna

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