Hurt By Lydia Michaels



Title: HURT
Series: The Hurt Series #1
Author: Lydia Michaels
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Dark Romance

Release Date: May 21, 2019





Award Winning Author, Lydia Michaels, enters the world of DARK ROMANCE with an unforgettably suspenseful psychological thriller!


Callan MacGregor might speak with the eloquence of a Scottish poet, but a hard life has turned him into a merciless killer. With a first-hand account of hell, he trusts nothing and no one but the hollow hurt tortured into his bones. Sacrificing all, he must escape Scotland to survive.
Emery Tanner is captivated—to the point of obsession—by the stunning Scotsman tending bar at the Imperial Hotel. With as many dark secrets as he has scars, she hungers to know every exquisite inch of him, but her shy nature leaves her tongue-tied. Despite her sense that innate kindness rests beneath his savage surface, Callan MacGregor is a man to approach with caution—if not fear.
When tragedy strikes and Emery’s world is shattered, she learns just how ruthless Callan can be. Violence has shaped his soul and love has always led to loss in both their broken lives. But as secrets are exposed, they find truth within the hurt and awaken a desire to become whole once more.
WARNING: HURT is a Dark Romantic Thriller and contains multiple scenes of violence. It is not intended for sensitive audiences or readers under the age of eighteen.





“Hurt is a masterpiece. Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I will never forget it.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin

“A Home Run!” —Author Michelle Windsor

“Raw and Beautiful! Hypnotic and Haunting! Hurt will absolutely WOW you!” —Blushing Babes Are Up All Night

“A Masterpiece!” —Author Haylee Thorne

“This is Lydia’s first dark romantic thriller and I pray it will not be her last!” —AJ’s Book re-Marks

“You haven’t read dark like this. To find such tenderness amongst all of the filth lies and horrors set Lydia’s writing apart from the rest.” —Author Andrea Bills

“Devastatingly beautiful story!” –Author D.D. Lorenzo



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Lydia Michaels is the award winning author of over 35 romance novels. She is an iBooks Bestsellers and her work has been featured in USA Today. She is the two-time winner of the Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media [2018 & 2019]. In 2015 she won The Best Author Award from The Courier Times. She is a five time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award. Her books are intellectual, emotional, haunting, always centered around love. 

Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be contacted by email



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descriptiondescriptionI struggled a little with my rating for this book. I couldn’t decide if it would be a 3 or 4 Stars. If I were going on just the technical aspects of the book, then this would be a 5 Star read all the way. The writing was outstanding. The plot was original and intricate. It had a well rounded cast of secondary characters. The story jumped back and forth from past to present. <— not a fave of mine. It didn’t bother me overly much in this instance. However, personally I felt a more linear style of storytelling would have worked better than all the jumping around. Both Callan and Emery’s characters were well developed. Both were likable characters. Last, it was all wrapped up in an open ended happy for now.
descriptionSo yea, to say that this was a gut wrenching and emotional book would be an understatement. And therein lies the main issue I had and why I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars. Reading this book was like sitting under a wet blanket for five hours. It was just one over the top tragic event after another. By 70% I was exhausted. I just wanted to get done with the last 30% as quickly as I could. I knew going in this would not be a unicorn farting rainbows type of story, but I really felt like this story needed some sort of…lightness?? Hope? Something to break up the constant misery and darkness. We really get none of that into very late into the book. 
descriptionHowever, after thinking on it a bit I decided to go with 4 Stars. The book really was masterfully written, and deserved a higher rating. Just be aware if you decide to tackle it you need to be prepared for a lot of heavy subject matter and scenes. I’ll add a spoiler trigger warning below as I know some scenes in this book could trigger readers.TRIGGERS: (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILERS) –> There are two graphic rape scenes in this book. A M/F one, and a M/M one. There is also less graphic sexual abuse and torture of secondary characters.



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