The Hero really does do a One-Eighty as the title says!
I love these bully romance books. This is another one that strays a bit from the standard format of the wealthy king of the Prep school bullying the new poor girl that came in on scholarship or something similar. In this story both the bully and bullied (Hero and heroine) are fairly wealthy and are next door neighbors. They have known each other since they were small.
The Hero’s name is Dalton Payne and he thought Piper Schofield was the prettiest girl in kindergarten until she decided to play with another boy instead of him and from that day forward he set out to make her pay for choosing someone else over him. Dalton’s name calling and pranks on Piper got worse as the years went on. As Dalton became more handsome and popular he got his friends and most of the school to join in on the bullying.
Piper was tormented for twelve years and she had only her senior year left before she could get out of town and attend college. However, everything changes the summer before her senior year when both Piper and Dalton are in a car accident. Dalton has a head injury and loses all his memories of the past twelve years. He finds himself attracted to Piper and remembers nothing of the awful human being he used to be.
Piper’s and Dalton’s families are close since they are neighbors and Piper never told her parents how bad it had gotten at school with Dalton and his friends because the one time she did in grade school her parents just brushed it off as “boys will be boys”. So Piper is hired by Dalton’s parents to tutor his 13 year old sister Peyton over the summer. She ends up spending a great deal of time at their house while Dalton tries to wear her down and get her to see that he has changed. But Dalton has a hard road ahead of him. Piper was tormented badly over a very long period of time and doesn’t think she can forgive him.
This book goes deep into mental issues that can result from bullying such as thoughts of suicide and self harm so beware if those are triggers. I like that they are shown, though I suspect they are not so easy to overcome. There are some pretty steamy scenes but not until near the end of the book. Overall I really enjoyed this book and will read more from this author!
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