Friday, April 27, 2018

Review & Giveaway: "First Crush, Last Love" by Elizabeth McKenna

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

First Crush, Last Love

by Elizabeth McKenna

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 314 pages
August 1st 2017

Back in high school, Lee Archer made Jessie Baxter’s cheeks flush and her heart race. But the popular athlete never wanted to be more than just friends. Ten years later, after a failed marriage and with her journalism career on shaky ground, Jessie’s come home for her high school reunion—and Lee still has the power to make her knees weak and her pulse pound.

Lee’s teenage years were filled with more trauma and drama than anyone guessed. Though his damaged past has helped make him a successful police detective, it’s hurt every relationship he’s tried. But seeing the grown-up, stunning Jessie might just change his commitment-phobic mind.

Jessie’s psycho ex-husband had her convinced no one would ever love her, but Lee is ready to step out of the friend zone and into her heart. Can she learn to trust again before she loses her chance to turn her first crush into her last love?

Elizabeth McKenna’s novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the joy of finding true love at last.

My Review

5 of 5 Stars

Everyone remembers their first crush and the agony of loving someone who can't seem to love you back. But what happens when you don't get your happily ever after? Do you dare hope for a second chance? This is what Elizabeth McKenna explores in First Crush, Last Love

Jessie and Lee are best friends in high school, tangled and thwarted in love. It's the early 80's and initially we're drawn deep into the nostalgia worthy and more tangible than a John Hughes film. Jessie and Lee are a product of misplaced chances and the foolish mistakes of youth. Most stories would tie things up quickly, give us an easy resolution where true love conquers all. But here is where Mckenna dares to take us farther, lifting the literary curtain a bit. 

Jessie finds herself in an abusive relationship while Lee can't seem to move on from his destructive past. Without giving too much away, this separation between them is truly the heart of this story. Because if we didn't see their individual journeys it wouldn't mean as much as the moment they are brought back together. 

A gripping, emotional tale more powerful because it based on a true story, First Crush, Last Love gives us the happy ending we all wish for. 

About the Author

Though Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read a romance novel until 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). With the urging of her children, she decided to write her own Happily Ever Afters.

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.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card and ebook of Venice in the Moonlight- Open internationally
- Ends April 25th


  1. Thank you for reviewing! I'm so glad you liked my story!

    1. You're welcome! Thank you so much for sending the print edition. It was simply lovely. You really have a gift for drawing the reader in! Couldn't put it down until they found their HEA :D