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First Crush, Last Love
by Elizabeth McKenna
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.
Part II Marriage Interrupted, August 1990
Jessie woke up from her nap on the couch to find college football blaring from the television and Billy gone from the recliner. She thumbed the mute button on the remote and stretched. Her stomach rumbled to remind her it was almost suppertime. As she debated what to cook, her eyelids drooped and she drifted off again.
She awoke to Billy’s deep laugh, though it took her a full moment to put a name to the muffled noise. For the past month and a half, the only sounds the walls in their house had heard were tense words or seething silence. She padded down the short hall to their bedroom and stopped at the closed door. Her hand fell away from the knob when she heard him laugh again.
“Sure, I can do that,” he said, “but is that all you need?”
Jessie pressed her ear against the door.
“That shouldn’t be a problem, either.” His playful tone reminded her of when they used to spend Sundays in bed and alternated between making love and catnapping. Billy always threw in a tickle fight to wake her up.
“Great, I’ll be there in ten minutes.”
The door popped opened, and she took a startled step backward.
Surprise, guilt, and annoyance flashed in succession across Billy’s face. “I’m going out for a while.”
“You don’t want supper?”
“No.” He brushed past her to get to the bathroom.
“Where are you going?”
He squirted toothpaste onto his toothbrush and scrubbed his teeth. He spit into the sink and wiped his chin with the back of his hand. “Max needs help with his cycle.”
“Oh.” She frowned. It hadn’t sounded like he was talking to another guy.
“Don’t wait up.” He brushed past her again and grabbed his coat off a dining room chair.
She waited until the sound of his motorcycle faded before picking up the bedroom phone and hitting the redial button.
“Hello,” a cheery feminine voice said.
Jessie’s fingers tightened around the phone. Her lips moved, but no sound followed.
“Billy? Is that you?” The voice giggled. “Quit messing around and get over here.”
Jessie pressed the off button and flung the phone against the wall.
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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