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Provoked by S. Donahue
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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!
The only person that stuck up for Hailey in high school while she was bullied was Chase. However he was part of the crowd that bullied Hailey the most. That has left scars on both of them. Ten years later, Hailey is the person she set out to be. She is lost weight and owns her own business. She has no problem throwing that high school reunion invitation in the mail but her assistant decides to accept on Hailey’s behalf.
Chase is now a successful Pharmacist and professional Lacrosse player. His love life though is not so great! He gets walked all over by women. He too throws out the reunion invitation but his best friend Parker accepts on his behalf. So they both end up going and when Chase sees Hailey again there are a lot of feelings brought up. He finally has the chance to get to know Hailey and explore his feelings like he has always wanted to. There are many twists and turns as these two try to figure out their feelings and what they are to one another.
They both have been scarred from the bullying even if Chase doesn’t realize that he has. He tried to be the hero and save Hailey but as we all know how can you go up against all of that pressure. The fact that he didn’t give in and bully her as well just shows how strong a person he is. Hailey is simply amazing. She pushed through all the bullying to become the woman she always wanted to be. This story was so great! I love that bullying was the theme because most people don’t realize the long term affects that it can have.
“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