Title: The Problem With Heartache
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Series: Crazy in Love #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2015
The problem with heartache is that there’s no one-size-fits-all relief package. You can go to classes; you can try to embrace change. But when you wake up at two in the morning, a smile on your face because you’ve dreamt about the could have—the should have—nothing will console you.
Because seconds later, you remember.
And remembering can rip you apart.
Kate will do anything for her family. It’s why she took the job with Lee. It’s why she’s attempting to forget her pain. But it’s hard to forget, when you’re desperate to hold on. Even if Lee Collins is the perfect package.
Lee will do anything for the ones he cares about. It’s why he hired Kate.
It’s why he keeps his secrets; and it’s why he cannot, will not fall in love. Not with Kate—not with anyone.
The one thing he can’t forgive.
The one thing she can’t forget.
If anyone deserved a happily ever after, it’s Kate. Her journey began in The Problem with Crazy and it was rough and tragic and hopeful all at once. Despite her grief and the cruel hand life had dealt her, she was a charismatic and beautiful character you couldn’t help but cheer for. Because of my connection to her and everything she’d already been through, my expectations were high for this book. The Problem with Heartache was absolutely nothing like I would have guessed, but it soared above and beyond my expectations. Lee and Kate had an obvious and special connection from the moment they met in the first book, but Lauren McKellar took that and made it absolutely shimmer in this one. The Problem with Heartache is just as touching and full of life and love as the first two books in this series and I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Lauren’s heart wrenching characters.
“My head wanted me to leave. My heart was torn in two. But I was starting to feel things for this man, things I couldn’t ignore, and in that moment he was just a normal guy who’d had too much to drink, and I was a normal girl with a tiny crush on a guy. He wasn’t a rock star, and I wasn’t broken-hearted.”
Kate was once again shattered when this story started by a grief that was crippling. There were times when I swear I could feel my heart aching for her. Lauren McKellar did a great job with this character, cycling through her storm of emotions in a way that felt raw and honest. We got to experience the ups and downs of moving forward after loss and it was clear how much heart and soul went into writing this character and her story. Lee was a breath of fresh air. He turned out to be just as thoughtful, sweet, and humble as I’d hoped he’d be. Even his mistakes came from a good place and I immediately fell in love with his kind heart. The tiny flicker of hope that sparked between these two in the first book was fed and fanned over the course of this one. Lauren McKellar built some serious chemistry between Lee and Kate that grew hotter as the story progressed. Their physical attraction to one another, letter writing, sarcastic banter, and shared moments of complete vulnerability made their journey all the more vibrant and memorable.
“I hated that he made me feel so everything and nothing, so a million dollars and so fifty cents, so freaking confused that it hurt, and ate at every fibre of my being.”
The storyline was the biggest surprise for me in The Problem with Heartache. As the story took off, small hints were being dropped that a bigger secret lay buried beneath and as much as I tried to guess, it wasn’t until the end that I had any idea which ghosts of their pasts were going to change the course of Lee and Kate’s story. Lauren McKellar took my heart on an emotional rollercoaster as her characters faced the many facets of loss and love. I enjoyed seeing Lee’s past brought to light, getting to know this character was something special. The more we learned about him, the more I realized he and Kate had struggled with life experiences that allowed them to understand one another. The more I saw them grow individually and together and the more they opened up to one another, the more I found myself thoroughly invested in their happy ending. Once again Lauren McKellar has written another fantastic addition to her Crazy in Love series and I’m already ready for whatever she has to throw at me next!
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Check out the rest of the Crazy in Love series:
The Problem with Crazy (Crazy in Love #1)
Eleven Weeks (Crazy in Love #2)
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.
Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.