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Soothing Suffering

(Black Shamrocks MC #1.5)

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Madelaine O’Brien is drowning beneath the emotional scars left by her destructive relationship with her first boyfriend.

Mikhail “Mad Dog” Kennedy knows he made a near-fatal error the day he walked away from Maddi, leaving her in the abusive clutches of the man he thought she’d chosen over him.

She’s on the cusp of giving up. He’s stricken by guilt and unsure how to fix he
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Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published October 17th 2016 by DyMi Ink (first published September 4th 2016)
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Jennifer Pierson
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Soothing Suffering is a short interlude into the aftermath of what Madelaine went through. It's a fast, and yet, a realistically powerful read that Kylie Hillman wrote gut wrenchingly well! Mikhail Kennedy is beside himself as he watches the woman he loves fading away. He knows he must do something drastic, but has no clue as to what will help. Madelaine is aware that she's drowning, but she can't seem to save herself. No one knows every detail of really went down, so the secrets are killing her ...more
Margaret
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for an honest review

Wow, just wow

From the very first sentence I was gripped and knew that I had just found a new author for me that I would immediately pre-order any books she brought out.

Meet Lanie who has been through a hell we can hopefully only imagine.

This story shows you that even after abuse stops the psychological abuse that has been ingrained continues. My heart bleeds for Lanie and I want the other books now to watch her journey continue. The journey to be a stronge
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Tara The Obsessive Book Reader!
This book is to be read before reading seizing control. This is Mik and Lainey story.

There is dark themes, such as rape and self harm, if they are triggers for you then I would suggest that you do not read this book.

This novella was full of so much emotion, heartbreak, pain, suffering, grief and so much more. This book is about the ways mik went through to try and gets his girl back from the darkness that she was in inside her head from the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend Brendan. You can’t
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Carla
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Carla's Five Star Review

Soothing Suffering is a short novella that deals with the aftermath of everything that Madelaine aka "Lainey" went through. It provides the reader the chance to see how Lainey is healing along with how her relationship with Mik is going. Lainey is really struggling. She knows that Mik is the one for her, but every time they try to be intimate, Lainey sees her attackers face. As if that is not enough to deal w
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Stephanie Barnes
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance fans, MC fans
Mik & Lainey

This is a novella, 1.5. Having never read any other books in the series I picked this one to see if I would like them.
This story is hard core, Lainey is beaten, raped & brutalized by a guy. He leaves scars, both physical & emotional. She can't resume her relationship with Mik, even after a year. He takes her away so she can try to find the new Lainey.
The storyline has a real tone to it. Lainey starts to try & find different ways to release her pain. There is unspoken
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Ann
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book continues the storyline from book 1 of Seizing Control. In this book Maddy (Lainey to Mik) learns to battle her demons from the past to put herself back together again with the help of Mik, her family and friends. Lainey is determined to get on with her life, which includes pursuing her education. She learns to lean on Mik and their relationship goes through a lot of peaks and valleys. Mik and Lainey love each other but one is not sure if their relationship can survive such trauma, not ...more
Louise
This is written after an event and whilst I felt like I was playing 'catch up' on facts, it still worked, It drew me in, introduced me to Lainey and Mad Dog (Mik) and now I'm in love with the pair of them and hope that they will beat their demons and find their happily ever after in Seizing Control.

I really got into the story, and then it seemed to end abruptly but I know it continues in the next book (which is also currently free). I can't wait to see how the story ends as I am now totally caug
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Tonya
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it


This is book 1.5 in the Black Shamrocks MC Series. I didn’t read this one in order. I read it after book four. It’s okay though and didn’t mess with the storyline for me at all.

This is when Lainey gets back with Mik, after her attack. We get in her mind and see how messed up Brendan made her.

I think anyone that went through what she did, would be the same way.

We also see how the cutting started.

Mik absolutely loves her. His guilt is killing him. He’s blaming himself.

This is a good quick read.
Lauren Mcclean
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book explains what is going on from the start and why Lainey is the way she is from her past. I feel sorry for her at the start because she can’t cope with what has happened to her. Her strength comes the man that she is and always has been in love with Mik aka Mad Dog.

He would do anything to protect Lainey from anything and that means he would kill anyone for her.

I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to start reading any MC books
Christina Balaz
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this short little novella about Lainey and Mik. Although I read this after the first book (Seizing Control), I loved getting some insight to what they both went through after the whole Brendan ordeal, in both POVs.
I love the true love between these two characters, it is so heart warming with also a rollercoaster of emotions at the same time - my heart breaking for Lainey.
Soothing Suffering is the perfect introductory novella to this series
Scott Ryan
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really need to get Seizing Control after this.

Love overcoming hate. That is what I would say about the full novel - this gives you a taste, but it gets much worse (for Lainey and Mik) before it gets better. And unfortunately I see way too many parallels between Beast and Orange Julius.
Cassandra
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good start to the story but I just wish it was a little longer and didn’t leave where it did.
Rebecca
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Wow I loved the novella introducing me to the Shamrock MC and the back story of Mik and Lainey sweet, sexy, sad and heartbreaking loved it can't wait to see what happens
Beth DiLoreto
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mik & Maddi

Still reeling from the rape & beating from her ex, Maddi starts to cut. Mik is lost as why to do, but love Maddi.
Michelle Weitzmann
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty Good

The story is well written and takes on a subject that is hardly touched but should be. I'm going to grab the next in series
Patty Brewer
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I read this one, it kind of makes things clearer, thanks
Andrea Gillan
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark thoughts

Lanie is struggling to come to terms with what happened to her. This is the story of her ups and downs on her journey to hearing her heart and mostly her mind.
Tracey Zelukovic
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love reading this book to get an insight what happened. And how they got through it.
Gretchen Anderson
WOW! This is quite a long series but it is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!! From the beginning and learning of all the characters to the end…….just brilliant!!!!!

I love how the main story doesn’t change. The back story, for lack of better words, continues and flows throughout the series. But each book is somewhat about individual bikers. The romance part of them finding their woman changes per book. The way the author keeps the story and inserts different “lead” character’s in each book is simply amazi
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Donna Parrott
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mik is slowly watching the woman he laves fade away before his eyes. He doesn't know what to do to save her. He needs to save her in order to save himself. His heart shatters every time she flinches away from him. Maddi knows she is drowning and she doesn't know how to save herself. What happened to her is affecting her very will to live. She has to keep everything a secret. It's the only way to save everyone. Her feelings of shame is hard enough without needing to explain to the Black Shamrocks ...more
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review

4 stars

I liked this was about Maddie (lainey), and Mik. It showed what was going on in Maddies's head. You got to feel what Maddie was feeling, what was happening to her, why she just couldn't let go. How a relationship grows means there is a lot of work behind it, and not giving up on each other and this book does that. You here the determination in Mik's voice, see it in his body language, he was never going to give up on Maddie. I liked him talkin
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Michelle Austin
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Soothing Suffering was a great 5 star read.

We get an additional glimpse into how Mik and Lainey are moving forward after what happened with her crazy ex. Lainey is struggling with moving forward, she is having a hard time letting Mik get close to her and touch her.

Can they get past this and make their relationship work?
This was a great follow-up to Seizing Control and I suggest you read that first so that you understand what Lainey went through. My heart r
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Melanie
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
In book one we saw what happened during Maddi/Lainey’s relationship with Brendan, and then the present day. It is commented on that Mik helped her get over what happened; it was a tough time for all but eventually they got through it… that’s about it though.

Well Soothing Suffering fills in some of the blanks. It is the story of how Mik and Lainey got through it. Touching on some dark subjects, I think Kylie Hillman handled the subject very well and it was good to see this part of Lainey’s recov
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MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review by: Melanie
(4 stars)

In book one we saw what happened during Maddi/Lainey’s relationship with Brendan, and then the present day. It is commented on that Mik helped her get over what happened; it was a tough time for all but eventually they got through it… that’s about it though.

Well Soothing Suffering fills in some of the blanks. It is the story of how Mik and Lainey got through it. Touching on some dark subjects, I think Kylie Hillman handled the subject very well and it was good to see
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Dana Busenbark
We find ourselves following Lainey in this book, watching as her mother nears death. Who is Brendan and how does he affect Lainey? We find Mik and Lainey having struggles after what happened with Branden and Mik. What happened? How is Lainey still reacting to things? When she meets someone new at her Doctor's office, what happens? What do they talk about? What does the other girl tell Lainey about? When Timber, Mik's dad, gets smart on Mik and gives him a riddle to solve, what happens? Does he s ...more
United Indie Book Blog
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book continues the storyline from book 1 of Seizing Control. In this book Maddy (Lainey to Mik) learns to battle her demons from the past to put herself back together again with the help of Mik, her family and friends. Lainey is determined to get on with her life, which includes pursuing her education. She learns to lean on Mik and their relationship goes through a lot of peaks and valleys. Mik and Lainey love each other but one is not sure if their relationship can survive such trauma, not ...more
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
Soothing Suffering was a great read to read after Sizing Control. We got a more in depth look at how Lainey and Mik got through their tough time.

This book really answered some questions that we are left with after reading the first book. Although it says it can be read before or after Seizing Control I recommend reading it after because in this book it doesn't tell you what all she goes through. It only hints at everything so this way you'll know before reading it.

Although short, this is a reall
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Kelly Cagle
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Soothing Suffering is a quick read into the aftermath of what Maddi/Lainey went through. It's such a powerful read that I couldn’t put it down. Maddi/Lainey is aware that her life is spiraling out of control and she doesn’t have a clue on how to stop the spiral. The secret that keeps from everyone except Mik is slowly killing her. Mik and Lainey love each other but neither of them is sure if their relationship can survive such trauma, not to mention the continuing issues within the MC. Again, on ...more
Shay
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Kylie Hillman is an International Bestselling Author who lives in South Australia. After spending the past fifteen years moving around the east coast of Australia, she has recently returned to her home state and plans to finally put down roots until her children finish school.

Wife to a Harley-riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving, quintessential Aussie bloke and mum to two crazy, adorab
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Other books in the series

Black Shamrocks MC (6 books)
  • Seizing Control (Black Shamrocks MC, #1)
  • Making Choices (Black Shamrocks MC, #2)
  • Seeking Redemption (Black Shamrocks MC, #3)
  • Tempting Fate (Black Shamrocks MC, #4)
  • Finding Nirvana (Black Shamrocks MC, #5)
  • Craving Control (a Black Shamrocks MC Companion Story)