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 be the worst part.
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
THE PROBLEM WITH HEARTACHE
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"But the problem with heartache was it liked to screw you around like that. It didn’t stick to a schedule; didn’t show up and leave on cue." SHORT REVIEW: It’s something that can make you blush, smile, laugh, and fall-in love. It can break your heart, and surprise you with twists and turns. Another keeper, another page-turner – a book that will hook you from start to finish. "Just because you move on doesn’t mean you have to forget." LONGER: Here are two characters that have problems with heartache. Kate lost the one she loved, not to mention she still has problems with her family. And Lee? He has his own baggage to carry as well. His secret, his pain and guilt make one heck of a weight to carry on his back. Kate was alive, but not living. Her pain was keeping her from wanting to experience happiness. Her parents growing concern made them push her to accept the job offer to go with Lee on the tour. Only that Lee was more than what she expected. Lee has a big generous heart and he was willing to do anything for people he cared about. He has reasons why he can’t allow himself to fall in love. Not even with Kate whom he grew to like every day. His secrets wouldn’t allow it. His conscience can’t bear it. So despite the fact that both his heart and hormones call out her name, he just couldn’t do it. Will the both of them be able to move past their issues and realize that the best thing that could happen to them is staring right in their faces? It’s sweet and funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and just plainly great. What I love about this is the anticipation she built with her readers regarding the secrets her characters keep. And when it finally surfaced – her readers are in for the biggest surprise of their lives. This is my first Lauren McKellar novel, and I have to admit, I was totally entertained, moved, and I just can’t help but loved every pages of it. "The problem with heartache is that you can’t mourn forever."
Oh, there's a whole lot of blame and guilt going around in this book. If angst is your thing, you will love The Problem with Heartache for sure (and if you don't, you'll want to steer clear). Parts of it stretch credibility--like a nineteen-year-old girl leaving her family and country to work as the tour organizer for a big-time rock band--for the most part it's not out-and-out impossible to swallow (and that bit at least does fit right in with Lee--Freaking--Collins's white knight complex, which helps). I liked that Lee and Kate's romance was a slow-moving one, since they both had so much individual stuff to work through. Neither one would have been able to jump right into a real relationship at the beginning. They needed to develop a friendship first, and to that end I absolutely loved the notes they wrote back and forth throughout the novel. Those were some of my favorite bits of the whole book. Ms. McKellar's portrayal of grief (Kate's boyfriend has recently died) was spot on. Six months might have passed, but the ache hadn't lessened. And I didn't know that I wanted it to. Because if the pain went away, it would mean I was forgetting. And that would cut far deeper than loss. She moved through it in a realistic time frame, without resorting to any quick or magical fixes. In the end Lee's issues were resolved a bit quickly, but since his were a little flimsier, that was okay too. Oh, and if you've read the other series books, I think something that happens near the end will make you very happy. :) Though it's a bit heavy on the melodrama at times, The Problem with Heartache is a good story that does a stellar job of showing what it's like to live through grief. I hadn't read the first two books in the series ( The Problem with Crazy and Eleven Weeks ), so I was missing some backstory, but it didn't significantly affect my enjoyment of the novel. Yes, I would have known what was going on faster in some instances, but overall we get enough background to follow along just fine. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Love the books! I really like how the characters and relationships have ACTUAL problems rather than just typical teenage stuff.