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(Hurt #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Suspense | Thriller | Dark Romantic Thriller

Trigger Warnings | #Hurt

"One of the most anticipated books of 2019" ~Author Haylee Thorne

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
Mass Market Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Bailey Brown Publishing
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Pam Godwin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. The writing is hauntingly beautiful. The chilling tragedies and heartache seep into your bones and linger long after the story ends. The tortured hero is my favorite trope, and my gawd, this hero embodies everything I look for in a character--complicated, brutal, vulnerable, sympathetic, possessive, protective, and hot as hell. Add in his Scottish accent, and lord help me, I can't get enough. Gah, this love story is so dark and perfect. Everyone needs to rea ...more
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
description I 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 sty
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

"Hurt" was an extremely intense reading experience, one that has some serious triggers that some may find hard to deal with.
This is not going to be for everyone just because of how much it takes out of the reader.
Also, there's a disclaimer at the beginning of this book so please do take notice of this it is there for a reason.
So I liked the main characters Callan and Emery (love their names) and thought both their stories were just so heartbreaking.
I found this to be not so much a dark romance a
4 solid stars

Most of the story is told switching back and forth between the past and the present. It’s no secret I’m not a fan of that. But I adore Lydia Michaels’ writing and the story was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages and wanting more.

The past scenes are about the hero, Callan, and his life in Scotland. At a young age, Callan finds himself responsible for taking care of his younger brother and sister. They’re poor and job options are nonexistent, so he does what he has too to p
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There was nothing more to say. His life had been a series of sacrifices with very few choices.

What. A. Ride. Lydia Michaels has shown her talent and versatility as a writer! #Hurt is her first “dark romance” and she is bringing it to a new level! I don’t even know where to start my review! Her writing, as usual, is exquisite. Each chapter brings on a new level of terror! What else could possibly happen??? It drug me under like a riptide, pulling and pulling until I was completely submerged!

For e
Brandy Roberts
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW just WOW so wasn't expecting this story it just blew my mind with how many emotions I went through while reading Hurt . This would be the first book that I've read by Lydia Michaels and I can't wait to read more by her in the future and so want to read her other books because wow amazing writer . If two characters were meant to be it would be Callan and Emery those two have been through so much and then to see how the author revealed Callans past just blew my mind my heart just broke . These ...more
Darcy Smith
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Lydia Michaels and boy what a completely mesmerizing introduction it is. This is one gripping story that has you feeling the pain and suffering of the characters throughout the story. This is one story that isn’t to be missed. It is extremely well written and beautifully told. Yes, it has darkness but it also has beauty in it as well. It a fantastic piece of writing that spoke to me and drew out the wonders of Ms Michaels mind and intriguing imagination. It speaks truth ...more
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hard Hitting story with some brutal incidents wrapped in Gut wrenching sentiments. It's quite a Pandora's Box of troubles opened by lydia as she uncases all the wrongs in the world for us to experience.
I believe she writes every book with a purpose, her stories carry a powerful social message and this one carries the MOST IMPORTANT one of all.


Its dark, distrubing at times but essential nevertheless. Seeing the current political climate, this book couldn't have come at a better time.
There's a Ge
This book was devastating! Before you go any further, please read the author's warning, if you have any triggers, you probably want to pass on this book. It was DARK, and it was painful, and there were scenes that were hard to read. But it blew me away! It was SO GOOD!! Callan and Emery just broke my heart. I fell in love with Callan, he was so damaged and broken, but so protective of Emery. Rhys and Innis had a tragic story, and poor Gavin! I just wish we'd gotten more closure on Innis and Gavi ...more
Rowan Parker
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book I've read by Lydia and certainly won't be the last. Absolutely fantastic, dark, heartwrenching and captivating.
I couldn't get enough of Callan,a true celtic warrior if there ever was one. The trauma and losses he suffers goes beyond anything I have read before, but his strength, love and morality sets him apart from any other anti hero. This was a truly devastating story that gripped me from page one, the lives of Callan, Innes, Rhys, Gavin and Una will stay with me for a long time,
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Life lesson learned. When Lydia Michaels uses words like “major triggers” and “dark”, she’s not kidding. Going in, the violence was expected but not the emotionally gripping pain and heartbreak that came with it. The anguish and captivating moments of love and severe loss that pulled on my heartstrings so much I felt it. There was such a swathe of layers and characters I didn’t expect.
To say things aren’t easy for Callan and Emery is an understatement. There’s abuse, addiction, violence, loss
Salima Queen
A MUST READ FOR 2019 !!!

Lydia Michaels has clearly blown my mind. HURT is a mind-cluster-brain-cells-explode thrill ride.
It took me places that were dark, eerie, and emotionally disturbing. Which I absolutely loved, so thank you Lydia! It's twisted and so completely and utterly spellbinding ... Her writing is exquisite and it takes the reader on a hair raising, nail biter suspenseful thrill ride that you just cannot get enough of.

It will defiantly break you and you might end up having some ha
AJ's book-reMarks
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Lydia's first dark romance thriller, and I pray that it will not be her last! It's unlike any of her other works, it grabs you by the short hairs and tugs on your heart strings! Yes, it's that great! Wished I could give it more stars!
Jean Dewsbury
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callan Macgregor is truly one haunted broken man that has been not only been broken physically also emotionally hurt beyond pain.
Emery Tanner was a sheltered only child to a strict family who she left to try and have her own life, only to have her body ripped apart by a true monster.
Callan's life has been filled with torture and heartache his entire life. Firstly by his abusive father then the death of his mother. Left to fight and raise his younger brother and sister for a better life. He did
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Cranky Stars

Ok bear with me this is like two stories in one that converge and make sense toward the end so putting that into thoughts without ruining the story will be hard. This isn’t a fluffy love story it’s gritty, raw and will rip you open and leave you with an ache. You will feel for Callen and Emery and their journey. Their losses are insurmountable, but they find solace in each other.

Callan MacGregor knows what it’s like to struggle and he knows what it’s like to lose everything you ca
Hurt is an achingly beautiful story written with a haunting prose that ripped me to my core. It was near torture to read but I couldn't stop. It stole my breath, broke my heart, and gutted my soul. I cannot put into words the depth of emotion I felt while reading Callan and Emery's story. It is a story of pain and hurt, of the ungodly things people can do to each other, but it's also a story of strength, survival and hope, with the power of the human spirit on full display.

This was my first read
Ellie Masters
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah!!! This book! It delved into my soul, ripped out my heart, and hurt so dang much! The prose cast a web around me, keeping me spellbound from the first to the last page. Tragedy piled upon tragedy, heartache infested my soul, and it stirs there now, infesting my thoughts. It lingers with a weight I can’t free myself from. Such a tortured hero, he embodies the best, and the worst, of humanity. He’s complicated, brutal, avenging, loving, vulnerable, and hopeful, fiercely protective he’s amazing ...more
Tammy Wilford
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going in I knew that I was going to go on an emotional journey. I knew I was going to read some explicit and horrifying scenes - but knowing and actually doing are 2 different things!
I had to pause several times during this reading just to breath - that how much I felt what this story was telling.
For someone so strong to endure what Callum had too - too feel so helpless and trapped!
“No guarantees. Win, lose. Live, die. So long as the right people got paid, no one gave a fuck who got hurt.”

April Moran
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodness gracious. This about gutted me. My first book by Miss Lydia Michaels and it was every bit of amazing, full of raw and poetic beauty. An absolutely haunting story of love and redemption. A five star read of the highest caliber. ♥ ...more
Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog
Oh my god, I think this has been the best thrilling roller coaster EVER!

Lydia Michaels is such a phenomenal writer, her writing style is so different every time she comes up with a new story to give us.

Hurt definitely had my type of hero, broken beyond repair and damaged.

The triggers in this book definitely had me hurting for the characters in this book. I was so immersed, so consumed with this story that it was one of those books that made you lose track of time because it was so hard to put yo
Lori ~ BF Bookies
Dark romantic thriller.
Dark... that’s an understatement.
Romantic... definitely. And poignant, and beautiful.
Thriller... oh hell yes. And then some.

There’s dark, then there’s Hurt. This book is not for the faint of heart. It will grab your heart, it will squeeze, and it will put it through the wringer. And then you’ll be begging for mercy.

You will be stunned.
You will be wowed.
Your mouth will be agape.
You will have your socks rocked right the fuck off.

Slam after slam to my heart, this well
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s took me a while, but I finally have my review for Hurt.

The word devastation never really came into my mind with any book I’ve read like this before.
But for me this book devastated me & gutted me straight to my core.
The brutality of how life can be so cruel and damaging and just keeps pushing and pushing with no way out of the darkness is just sheer cruelty.

Callan’s journey of his life is one that will never really leave me, he went to
every extreme &
every measure to ensure he c
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lydia Michaels has twisted my heart and soul with the first book in The Hurt Series. I've never read an author that can completely tear you apart and then mend you back together the way Lydia has done. In one of the most anticipated reads of 2019, Hurt delivers a powerfully written masterpiece that leaves you on the edge of your seat, crying, cheering and HURTING. This story is one that will stay with you for quite some time and has been well worth the wait.
Do not ignore the author’s TRIGGER WARNINGS.
Callan MacGregor is an underground prize fighter trying to save enough money to make a better life for himself, his young brother, and his barely adult sister. A lot of money changes hands at these fights and he comes to the attention of some dangerous people.
Emery Tanner is a young woman who has a secret crush on Callan MacGregor. She herself comes under the attention of another dangerous man. Soon Emery and Callan’s lives are thrust together and Ca
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok taking a deep breathe before i dive into this review . This is a dark romance that had me from the first page . In this book we meet Callan and Emery . Callan has had a hard in Scotland and has had to do some unspeakable things to survive . The day he escapes Scotland he sacrifices all even a bit of his soul. When Emery sees him working in the bar she is captivated by the big Scot . She wants to get to know him more but they both are scared . But when tragedy hits and there is only one way ou ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I dinnea ken how I survived this poor heart.
I said that in my best Scottish accent.

This new story from Lydia Michaels will absolutely break your heart, this family of siblings certainly never got a break and the hard ship and heartbreak they endured would surely make a grown man cry.

Do not take this author's warnings lightly, this one will definitely HURT, but the story is riveting and heart wrenching and the characters will make you feel things, all the things. I wanted to leap into t
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: violence, abuse, dark
An entertaining story, then the flash backs started (not a flash backs fan) But on saying that when I figured those out, the story just about blew me away.
Callan goes though a tremendous amount of pain in his life and deals with it the only way he can. And Emery had things happen to her that she could never completely get heart broke for them both. The story was very rich with emotions, sad and eventually happy. Callan tried his best to help Emery and eventually they helped to heal ea
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The was Lydia Michaels first dark romance and she really hit it out of the park. The title itself explains one of the biggest emotions you feel with this story. You hurt for the characters. Such horrid experiences they go to through and you can't help feel their pain. But the best is seeing them come together and help heal one another.

I hope Lydia Michaels continues writing more dark romance/thrillers as she just proved she is kick ass at it.😁

Warning: if you have triggers this is NOT the book f
Wendy West
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It started off kinda slow for me but it got better as I read. I really have no words for this book. My heart hurt so bad for Callan and all the things he lost. He needed to be shown love and kindness. And Emery, oh the things that happened to her were awful. Callan did his best to protect her. In the end they healed each other. I couldn't have asked for a better ending.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a book hangover! At one point while reading this book I made myself slow down, one because I wanted to absorb this book and not miss one single wonderful thing about it and two, because I didn't want it to end. This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. And I absolutely loved the ending!
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Lydia Michaels lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderfully supportive husband, beautiful daughter, and many crazy fur babies. She is the award winning author of over 20 romance novels. Her darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy was an Apple iBooks bestseller and she has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Bu ...more