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Today, we're joining a Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tour already in progress starring a work of Contemporary Romance. The story follows our leads from childhood through adulthood as their lives run parralell, divergent, and eventually convergent, leading up to what felt so out of reach and inevitable all at the same time. Curious? Well then, let's get to it! Today's ebook of choice is...
About the book...
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.
What started out with a harrowing opening that really changed a family's direction, quickly turns into a tale of unrequited love that seems set to last a lifetime. Does it? In truth, no...but it might as well have. Let's look a little closer...
Usually Contemporary Romance novels tend to stick with the here and now, providing glimpses of the past, and peeks at the possible futures. This story takes us from school days to awkward ways to adulthood, following the lives of our leading man and woman every step of the way. Was it to endear the characters to us that much more? Or perhaps was it simply to tell the story from BOTH sides? I tend to lean towards the latter statement. While not the typical formula followed, the added history didn't take away from the story, but it did make me less than certain about how things would end in regards to Jessie and Lee. I mean really, they weren't even on the same page until much later in life and in their adolescence, I was all for Jessie cutting all ties from the a**hat that Lee seemed to be. Honestly, there didn't seem to be a redeeming bone in his body, and no, his half-hearted attempts at being friendly with Jessie DO NOT count. I guess she knew something we didn't...
All in all, I enjoyed getting to know the couple and appreciated the author letting us see the bigger picture, even when the view wasn't exactly rosy. The twists and turns she throws in along the way serve to crank up the intrigue giving readers something to ponder besides if these star crossed non-lovers would ever BE lovers, and the wild ending (though I did anticipate parts of it) will certainly surprise.
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 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.
Special thanks to Cami at RABT Book Tours for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite retailer to snag a copy today!
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