Friday, 13 March 2015

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & REVIEW - The Problem with Heartache by Lauren McKellar

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


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.

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I recognised the pain in her eyes. She wore it every day, a new mask trying to cover the grief that lurked underneath.

The sort of grief that churned in your body.

The sort of grief you couldn’t forget.

That was why, after the first few weeks on the road, I’d decided to make it my personal mission to make this girl smile. I knew it was dangerous; knew I shouldn’t spend too much time with her.

But sometimes, you don’t always do what’s right for you.

And you don’t always do what’s right for other people.

The problem was, the more I saw of her the more I was finding it hard to keep it professional. I felt this connection to her, for some reason. She was different to the usual team of women I saw, who were all too eager to give in to my requests. She fought back. Not only that, but I’d started to share parts of myself with her in those letters, parts I didn’t share with anyone. And given my current circumstance, that wasn’t good at all.

I glanced across the aisle of the bus to her. She was resting her head against the window, her pale skin lit by the setting sun in the distance. We were on our way back to LA again after a stint up the coast in San Francisco.

“Stop looking at me.”

I frowned. “Your eyes are closed. How can you even see?”

Kate’s lids blinked open, and she raised her brows. “You have this kind of penetrating stare thing going on. I can feel it.”

I raised one side of my lips in a smile. Kate was not afraid of me. It was … weird.

“You can penetrate me anytime.” One of the dancers, America, I think her name was, giggled, and I quickly checked the bus to make sure Jay was still down the back with Lottie and hadn’t heard. Sometimes those girls had no thought for others. Still, their attitude was what I was used to. Blatant flirting. Innuendo. Not … indifference. Not like I was getting from Kate.

I stood up and crossed the aisle, setting myself down into the seat next to her. She gave me a lazy smile, but it didn’t reach her eyes.


And then …

“Sometimes, until I was about fifteen, Dad would come into my room at night and just stare at me.” Her eyes stay fixed out the window at the passing traffic. “It used to really annoy me—sneaking out was that much harder when your father checked in so often.”

“Is that creepy?” I furrowed my brow.

“No.” Kate’s word wasn’t angry or shocked. It was surprisingly calm. “It was just … it was his thing, you know? And when I asked him why he did it, he’d say it was because sometimes he just couldn’t believe I was real. That he and Mom made me. And that he needed to keep me safe.”

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


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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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