Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Type of book: First crushes, second chances, domestic abuse, 1980s, 1990s, homosexuality, high school, friendship, high school reunion, marriage, stalking, child abuse
Year it was published: 2017
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.
Main characters include Jessie, Lee Archer and Billy. Other characters such as Jessie's and Lee's best friends are there, but they are more as background noise rather than as people. At first Jessie is a young woman that has a crush on Lee Archer and also has goals when it comes to journalism. She seems to also suffer from low self-esteem and hates to see herself in a friend-zone. Lee Archer seems to have his own issues when it comes to romance and commitment and he often can't see the good thing in front of him. However when he does get past his hangups, he becomes a sweet and romantic guy. Billy eventually becomes Jessie's husband and for me he seems to be in the vein of a cardboard stereotypical villain rather than someone sophisticated. No one deserves to go through what Jessie went through, but I guess I expected there to be more sophistication from Billy.
Don't give up on love
The story is written in third person narrative from Jessie's and Lee Archer's points of view, each chapter spanning a month, or a day of the week as in the case of the third part. Personally for me, the first two parts are best described as disjointed, and its unfortunate that some of the events that happened in previous month weren't mentioned in next month. For example, in one month, Jessie's fiancee forces her to buy and wear a dress that she doesn't like in order to meet his family: however, in the next chapter, that particular event is not mentioned. What I am trying to say is that I felt more as if I didn't see the characters grow up and change, and only got information second-hand rather than first-hand. One other thing I wasn't comfortable with is the handling of homosexuality. I love reading and reviewing books that represent diversity thus I have nothing against homosexuality, but I just feel as if Jessie's brother wasn't handled well and I don't really get to know him beyond that label, I'm sad to say.
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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 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.
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I expected a bit more from the story than what I got, and I'm sorry to admit that I ended up being disappointed by it. The story did have relevance and it does present hope to people who have been in the main character's situation, but quite a number of things bothered me, one being that what I felt would have been relevant events are left out of the story, and the secondary characters need to be worked on more, in particular the villains of the story. The story can be read in just a few settings and the last part, when it takes place in 1994 is sweet and its where the author does shine.
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