Friday, 27 February 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ, EXCERPT, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - The Problem With Heartache by Lauren K. McKellar




Title: The Problem With Heartache
Series: Crazy in Love #3
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult)
Release Date: February 27, 2015


Synopsis


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.


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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.


Ever.


The one thing he can’t forgive.
 
The one thing she can’t forget.









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Excerpt

“You. In.” She pointed to the room behind me, and I glanced over my shoulder.

            “In there?” I smirked again, but her cheeks didn’t get any redder, to my astonishment. “Is now really the time?”

            She pushed against my naked chest, her steely eyes fixed on my face the whole time, then slammed the door behind us with her foot.

            “If you wanted some private time together, you just had to say so.” I joked, leaning back against the chair that was positioned in front of the mirror in my dressing room.

            “You think this is funny?” Kate asked, her head tilted to the side.

            “Actually … yeah.” I nodded and smiled again, not unkindly.

            Kate looked down, and for one God-awful moment I thought she was going to cry.

            Then, she did something better than crying. Holy mother of crap sticks, was this better than crying.

            She raised her hands to the top of her black button-up shirt—and she undid the top button. Creamy, white skin is exposed, defined collarbones, teasing my eyes down to—

            She undid another button. Holy fuck, what was Kate doing? Her cleavage heaved in front of me, and I got a hint, just a hint of her black lacy bra.

            “It cannot be a coincidence that one man is shirtless in front of me six times in two weeks.”

            I grinned. She’d counted.

            That totally means she’s into it.

            Then she did something that completely surprised me. Hell, it shocked the living daylight out of me. In one fluid movement, she grabbed the sides of her shirt and pulled, popping open her entire top and then shrugging it over her shoulders so she stood there in the world’s hottest black, lacy bra, skin-tight black denim jeans and these shoes—how the hell did I not notice them before?—that were red, high, and sexy as sin.

            I swallowed. “So … this is a revenge …” Swallow, “… strip?”

            “This is me, trying to do something to get you to pay attention and listen when I ask you to do something.” Kate’s voice was honey as it melted into me.

            I raised my hand to the back of my neck and rubbed at the muscles there that had suddenly become tight with tension. “Oh, I’m paying attention, all right.” I widened my eyes. There was absolutely no doubt about that right now.

            “Get back stage, Lee. Seriously. This is your last warning.”

            I swallowed again, and felt the clamminess of perspiration beading my brow. Was it hot in here? It sure felt hot.

            She stepped close to me, till her chest was almost touching my chest. Shit, she smelt like soap and hairspray and … apples. Delicious.

            “I …” My gaze flicked to her lips, and I wondered if it would really be that bad if I kissed her. After all, that wouldn’t be promising her marriage, and maybe she’d be up for a casual thing. And her lips—they were so red, and plump, and—oh God, she just licked them with that sweet-as-hell little tongue, and—

            The palm of her hand made contact with my face before I even registered her arm moving. Five elegant fingers stung my cheek and I jerked backward, clutching my face in pain. “What the hell?”

            Kate walked over to where her shirt lay on the floor and picked it up, casually shrugging it on. She had the biggest shit-eating grin on her face, and I couldn’t help but give a little smile myself. I’d not seen her look so animated since she first boarded the bus.

            “I told you it was your final warning,” she said, doing up her buttons, then turned to the door, wrenching it open and making a sweeping gesture with her arm, allowing me passage through. “Now, Mr Collins, if you please.”

            “Thanks,” I mumbled, walking past her and out into the corridor. I passed Xander’s door, and a thought flashed through my mind. What if she stripped for all the guys to get them on stage? I couldn’t have her just—

            “Lee?” The voice halted me in my tracks. I spun to face her.
            She threw my black shirt at me. “Put some clothes on.”







The Problem With Heartache (Crazy in Love)The Problem With Heartache by Lauren K. McKellar
Trish's Review - My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 LEE "FREAKING" COLLINS STARS

Lauren McKellar – you are a mastermind storyteller. This was simply a beautifully written and emotional story that was so very honest and heartfelt.

You made my heart cry, you made my heart laugh. There is so much depth within these pages that these characters are so very real.

I loved that this story brought me back to Kate, her family, her friends and Lee “freaking” Collins.

One young woman’s emotional journey to finding herself. I loved watching Kate – all through her heartache and struggle – trying to accept what had happened in her life. She Found Herself. It really was beautiful.

She is trying to be strong, but her vulnerability is always there. It was just breathtaking – Kate is just remarkable. (And not to mention – she found Lee “freaking” Collins – Yes, yes indeed).

But to get there she had to endure her own emotions, her own path, her own everything. Coming to terms with the loss of Lachlan has taken its toll. Will she ever be just okay again?

I loved watching her move through her emotions and watching her grow into this stunning, gorgeous woman. She really is one of a kind.

Her chemistry with Lee is adorable and charming at first. To watch the heat between them grow and become so much more – was just brilliant.

And Lee “freaking” Collins – what a beautiful, broken and torn up guy he is. So many things in his past that haunt him. His story was one I was not expecting to be so full of drama. But nevertheless it has made him the man he is today - perfection.

Will his past demons ever disappear and set him free?

His attraction to Kate is just gorgeous in a not so forward way. I loved the letters they send each other. The way they got to know each other. He’s just a guy at the end of the day – not the rockstar you see on stage – looking for a girl to love. But does he feel worthy? Will he let her slip away?
Two broken souls who have been through so much in their young lives. No one should have to experience what they have been through.

Will Kate and Lee be the ones to heal each other? What do they have to endure to make it work?

Will they realize that finding each other is their second chance at love? A second chance with the one they are meant to be with?

Lauren McKellar – let me just say – thank you. I loved this whole series, I loved these characters, and I loved their story.

#MustRead


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 Author Bio


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.


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