#Review #NewRelease – Hurt by @Lydia_Michaels

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.



Hurt by Lydia Michaels
Callan & Emery
5 Stars

This book was amazeballs… It was so heart wrenching and so callused in it’s entirety that I found myself in a cringe worthy pose most of my way through it. So many plot twists and angst that my heart will never be the same.

Callan is a stand up, true to a fault kind of guy. He works his butt off to support his sister and brother and is rewarded with pain and suffering. I don’t know where or how this guy finds his strength, but holy hell, he’s one character I will never forget!

Emery seems to be (at least to me) a very quiet and reserved kind of gal. She has strength and definitely a backbone, but put into certain situations, she sort of crumbled a bit. No worries, she has a fantastic motivational reason to pull herself from the depths of despair and rise above the ashes.

The supporting character cast wasn’t too vast. One worth mentioning is Callan’s sister Innis. I don’t really know what or how to say things about her. She seemed to come in like a lamb, but left like a lion. I wish I could read more about her. There seems to be a story there… If only.

So, to wrap this up… it’s 415 (Kindle version) pages long and for me that was just right. It sounds long, but once you set you eyes upon these pages it will whiz right by and you’ll wonder how you just devoured it in one day! The pacing is perfect, the writing style superb, and the dialogue flows with skill and efficiency. I loved it!!


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 Bucks Happening Magazine two years running [2015 & 2016]. She is a four time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award.




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