Author: S. Donahue
Genre: Adult Romance
Released: November 5, 2015
It’s amazing how much a smell or a sound can bring back a memory.
For Hailey McCormick, the hurt from her painful memories never faded. Teased in high school because of her weight, she graduated and never looked back, but the scars remained. She changed her bad habits on the surface and strived to start her own successful publishing company. Everything in Hailey’s life is under control, that is until she receives an invitation to her high school reunion. She is not ready to face the cheerleading clique that tormented her every day or the captain of the Lacrosse team, Chase O’Brien, that she pined over for 4 years and the only person who never teased her.
Chase O’Brien isn’t your average stuck on himself jock. He actually has a conscience. Because of his kindness, women play him for a fool. He has had enough and takes a stand for himself when his current girlfriend of two years is caught in the act. Tired and over women, he has no desire to attend his high school reunion and risk running into his high school sweetheart as well. Forced to attend, he comes face to face with the mystery woman that he didn’t recognize at a bar a few weeks prior. He hasn’t been able to get her out of his head since then. What happens when they meet by chance? Who is this woman and why is she so familiar?
S. Donahue’s novel, Provoked, takes you into the mind of a victim of bullying. She makes you feel her pain and sorrow. There are so many questions that need answers. Have the bullies grown up and left behind their teasing ways or is Hailey subjecting herself to a repeat of high school? Can the one person who was her hero back in the day resurrect to save her soul? There’s only one way to find out! Join Hailey as she faces her past and first love for the first time in years!
“I love this story because it really represents the people that are judged unfairly. No one should ever have to endure being bullied like Hailey did. Chase tried to be the hero but even he couldn't save Hailey.” ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Star Review Goodreads Reviewer
“Great job to S. Donahue for projecting what it's like to live through bullying and eventually coming out stronger in the end! Great book!” ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Star Review Goodreads Reviewer
“This story brought out some of the fears and insecurities I also faced as a teenager. I love that the story has an HEA, but not in the way you would think. I would recommend this book to everyone” ~ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Star Review Goodreads Reviewer
Hailey and Chase went to school together. He was the boyfriend to her enemy. He still defended her, even then. Did he care for her? She sure never knew.
Now it is time to go to her 10 year High School Reunion. Her assistant signs her up, even though she does not want to go. Why should she want to see those who treated her poorly?
Chase sees her before the reunion, and wants to know he knows her. When he sees her at the reunion before she leaves, he is surprised she is the mystery girl he is looking for.
Can they start over and see if the attraction takes them anywhere? Chase sure wants to give it a real chance. What if the high school crush you had asked you for a real life chance?
This book was exceptional! The feelings from how the lead felt in high school were there. I felt as if I was right there! This book reminds us that high school is a high octane experience and real life is later and more real.
S. Donahue is a romance author who resides in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, with her husband and their four-year-old son. She has two book series titled The Heart Series and The Boston Kirkpatricks, and a holiday romance titled One For The Holiday. She is currently working on several novels to be released, including the highly anticipated Provoked. When she is not writing, Donahue loves shopping, reading, and spending time with family. She loves to connect with her readers, so feel free to find her on Facebook or visit her blog at https://shannshops.wordpress.com/