Title: The Problem With Heartache
Series: Crazy in Love #3
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult)
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.
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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.”
First, thanks to Inkslinger PR and Lauren K. McKellar for offering an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, this book (as with the first one) made my feels go through so many hoops. Ups, downs and complete turnarounds. But the story of life, loss and redemption is one of many loops and stumbles. This book will open your eyes and (as I did) you will find you can identify with the story. The characters are so life like that you get so immersed into their lives that it makes them real. This one starts off with a bang and ends with your heart (well mine at least) in a whirlwind of awe and peace. I absolutely LOVED it!
We are back with Kate and the daily struggle that she fights. Her father is still sick, her heart is broken still over the loss of the one boy who got her. The one she loved. But with life changing her place in life is changing as well. After a chance run in with the hot rocker, Lee Collins, Kate’s mom decides to play… matchmaker? For lack of a better word. But then there isn't much to do. Kate is closed off and Lee is interested but trying to not be. (laughs) Poor guy. But in the end he offers her a job. They need someone to do their event planning. Someone to make sure the next tour, two months in states, goes well. No problems. Right? At first Kate is just like, no it ain’t happenin'.. but Stacey makes her see this is what she needs to do. Not only will it help her career the money will be good to help out her family. What’s a little trip over seas?
Kate does agree and Lee.. makes himself not hit on her. She is now his employee.. not someone he can flirt with. She is off limits. Once they land and everyone piles on the bus Kate gets to meet a few new faces, including Lottie, the band’s stylist.. and then her son Jay. He is 3 feet of just squishy. The tour starts off with a bang and something starts to happen between Lee and Kate. They pass letters back and forth and they both have a closeness, a feel about them to the other. They can open up and it doesn’t seen to be forced, its just natural. As natural as the attraction they keep trying to deny. Lee, for the first time in years is starting to open up about his life and its to Kate. Something he has not down in years.
Travel, shows, hotel stays, long hours on a bus.. you get to know people.. or you think you do anyway. One night after a show, Lottie drags Kate to an after party party and the night goes from good to taking a very intoxicated Lee back to his hotel with Sam’s (the driver) help. Kate stays with him, making sure he is okay. And after a little talking, drunk talking at that, Kate breaks down on him and its in his arms that she finally for the first time in a long time starts to feel safe again. But right as he passes out he whispers something that gets her hackles up. When she questions him about it the next morning, he closes up and gets pissy. Snapping at her. She leaves him in his room and later on it makes for a very tense and quiet ride from California to Vegas. Though Kate is determined to find out his secret just as much as he is determined to keep it.
You know how they say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Yeah, its probably a good thing that is sort of an unwritten rule.. because the drama that unfolds for Lee and Kate in Vegas gets to be a big deal.. and quickly. The secrets Lee holds inside are enough to break him if he lets them. Slowly, almost as if he is glass Kate starts to chip away at the walls he has slammed up into place. But as she works through his walls the ones that she has up, surrounding her thoughts of Lachlan start to fall as well. Its okay to move on, that doesn’t mean you are forgetting that person, just that you are taking life by the horns and moving ahead. As parts of Lee’s past come out in the open, Kate’s left with choices she wasn’t expecting. Is she strong enough to handle it or is it too much?
As she tries to sort that out she gets a little overwhelmed but she can do it. She can be this new version of herself that lets people in. Her heart can handle it. But before anything more can happen she gets a call from her mom that she needs to come home. Her dads in the hospital and he isn’t doing so well. She leaves Lee a note thanking him for what he’s done and what not and leaves. Catching the first flight she can from the states to Australia. It was at her dads beside that a lot of things changed for Kate. Thanks in part to Lee showing up, determination in him to get to the girl he wants. And Kate's determination to fight for what she wanted. Her heart had plenty of room in it. Nothing had to be forgotten just rearranged a little. Nothing is worth having if its not worth fighting for.
Barb’s Review for Crazy in Love; Book 1: HERE
About the Author
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.