The Problem With Heartache, the third book in my Crazy in Love series, is—you guessed it—about the healing of a broken heart. In the first book in the series, The Problem With Crazy, eighteen-year-old Kate loses someone she loves dearly, and that loss has stayed with her for the past six months. Her life has turned from colour to grey scale; she’s not living, not feeling, simply floating, eating, breathing and running. Running so hard and so fast, just so she can get some sleep.
It’s hard to write about loss, and I couldn’t imagine doing so if I hadn’t lost someone myself. When I was eighteen, my father passed away, and while this didn’t happen to Kate in The Problem With Crazy, I used that experience as a direct comparison, and I think it helps. Let’s be honest: there’s not a person reading this who hasn’t lost someone in their lives, and that common grief, that shared ache that is a physical pain, not just a mental one, it can change who we are. For better or for worse.
How you deal with grief and move forward can shape you as a person for the rest of your life, and while Kate, my lead character, didn’t deal quite so well at first, she soon rises to the challenge. She fights, and she fights hard, because she realises that she wants to feel again. And sometimes that numbness has to be released.
The Problem With Heartache is about love, loss and learning that moving forward doesn’t have to mean letting go.
About Lauren McKellar
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.
About The Problem With Heartache
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