The Problem with Heartache by Lauren K. McKellar

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The Problem with Heartache

The Problem with Heartache (Crazy in Love #3)
Lauren K. McKellar
Published: 27th February, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: Purchased via Amazon


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.

Content Warning: implied and some visual drug use; somewhat descript sex scenes; alcohol;

What I liked: Side characters were a big part of this story and there were things that just blew me away completely with their reveal, especially about Lottie! I really liked Lottie and Jay, Jay especially because he was completely adorable and from the moment I met him in the story I thought he was just the cutest kid to ever exist! Kate shows an entirely different side to her in this book, she’s sassy, straightforward, and fun. Especially in her letters to Lee, which was a great part to the story because I felt it gave them a deeper connection. The chemistry between Kate and Lee is really good, and palpable to boot! It built up really nicely so that when the big twist came it shocked me greatly and I knew I had to find out more. Plus, learning how his past and present was influencing each other? I loved that we got to see so much of the story from Lee’s view, it helped me really understand the guy in a way I hadn’t known. Stacey also finally reveals her secret to Kate and I felt for the two girls during their chat, and the ending for Stacey couldn’t have been more perfect!

What I didn’t like: Lee’s rejection to Kate, it didn’t make sense at the time when you considered how The Problem with Crazy ended with him, but I guess it had to do with the words he kept thinking

Overall Review: I loved this book, it kept me entertained and I was reluctant to put it down at any time. Kate’s big hurdle she has to overcome in this story is herself, the grief she carries inside that has kept her down for the last six months. Her story is the story of overcoming her grief and learning to move on and stop holding on so desperately to her past. It was a breathtaking story that I would undoubtedly read again, and if the author makes a fourth book to this series I have no doubt that I will want to read it because this book was just so good! I love this series and all the characters I’ve met!

Recommend?: Yes, goodness go read this amazing series! If you like contemporary romance I really do recommend it!

Goodreads: 4.4/5 Amazon: 4.5/5 Barnes&Noble: 5/5

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My Rating: 4.4/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.1
Idea: 4.2
Story: 4.6
Characters: 4.7

Don’t miss the first two books in the series!

The Problem with Crazy

The Problem with Crazy (Crazy in Love #1)
Lauren K. McKellar
Published: 12th February, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult, New Adult
From: Purchased via Amazon


The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy … or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness that she could inherit.
Kate has to convince everyone around her that her father is sick, not crazy. But who will be harder to convince? Her friends? Or herself?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

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Eleven Weeks

Eleven Weeks (Crazy in Love #2)
Lauren K. McKellar
Published: 25th January, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: The Fantastic Flying Book Club


Eleven weeks.

Seven tequila shots.

Five siblings.

Two boys.

One heartbeat.


Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she’s in love with doesn’t exist.

She pretends that she’s happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend’s world crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey’s got a secret …

And it’s going to ruin everything.


Eleven Weeks is the story of Kate’s best friend, Stacey–and the whole lot of life that can happen in just eleven weeks.

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Lauren McKellar

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.

As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.

Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words–she likes the way they work.

She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.


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