Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: First Crush Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna @PrismBookTours #Contemporary #Giveaway @ElizaMcKenna

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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.

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Part I Senior Year, July 4, 1983 (beach during fireworks display)
Now, here they were side by side at the fire pit, and Jessie still couldn’t believe it. She didn’t know what had changed, but she wasn’t going to question whichever star had granted her wish.
Lee’s head dropped back to better take in the night sky. “I like the really big ones the best.”
Jessie forced herself to look away from his profile to watch the finale. Color upon color assaulted her eyes as the exploding fireworks mimicked the sounds of war. The last one shot into the night sky and a cloud of smoke drifted over the water.
“That was pretty cool. Did you like it?” he asked.
“It was great.”
She winced at how lame she sounded, but Lee’s presence lowered her IQ. Her brain clicked and whirled, and then spit out grade school vocabulary—if she was lucky. A few times over the years, after a simple question from Lee, her mouth had spouted pure gibberish followed by her cheeks turning the hue of a stop sign. She was thankful for the darkness to cover up tonight’s award-winning display of awkwardness.
Lee picked up a stick and tossed it at the fire. The driftwood snapped and hissed before settling into a burning glow. “What time do you have to be home?”
“Midnight. You?” It was getting easier to talk as long as she kept her answers short.
“One.” He took a swig of beer. “Maybe you should break curfew.”
Her heart popped into her throat, and she swallowed it back into place. It would be worth it.
“Do you want another beer?” He looked around for the cooler.
She couldn’t let him leave her side. “No, thanks, I’m driving.”
He nodded, and then turned to face her. Goosebumps broke out across Jessie’s skin. One eyebrow rose above his fire-lit green eyes. “Do you want to—”
She’d never know what Lee was going to ask thanks to his ex-girlfriend. Tina Asta materialized out of the darkness in front of them. She stood stone-faced in a red string bikini and white denim shorts. Blue flip-flops dangled from the fingers of one hand. Despite running around in the eighty degree weather all day, there wasn’t one piece of her jet black spiked hair out of place. A streak of pink through her bangs gave her a preppy punker look.
Whether it was on purpose or not, Tina always made Jessie feel like a Neanderthal. Tina was petite and stylish, while Jessie was tall with few fashionable items to dress her bigger body. Then there were Jessie’s auburn curls that spent more time looking like a frizzy bush in need of trimming than actual hair.
“Don’t you two look cozy.” Though Tina’s words included Jessie, her eyes never left Lee’s face.
Jessie’s mouth went dry. She could use that beer now.
Tina crooked her finger in a “come here” gesture.

Lee set his beer down and gave Jessie a quick smile. “I’ll be right back.”

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.

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1 comment:

Elizabeth McKenna - author said...

Thank you for hosting me today!