Series: Evolve #2
Published by Self-Published on September 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Evan Allen is a handsome, athletic, southern gentleman who now attends Georgia Southern University for no good reason.
After what he expected to be the romantic gesture of the century, Evan is looking at no friends, a year of ineligibility on the football team, and no girl.
He's starting over alone and doesn't know quite how to proceed. Certain members of The Crew refuse to let him face things by himself, taking him under their wing, and it doesn't take the ladies long to notice him, either.
Sometimes life doesn't go as you had planned. Sometimes it goes better. Embrace it.
Embrace, the second book in the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, follows the characters from her debut New Adult romance, Emerge
As much as I loved Laney and Dane together in Emerge I felt very heartbroken for Evan. He was such a wonderful guy and I was very anxious to find out if he got his well-deserved HEA in this story. With this sequel, I would have to say that I was not disappointed. Happy dance!
There is so much to love about this book. It isn’t just concentrated on Evan’s healing but it also evolved around the entire Crew. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the supporting characters and also reading how they were able to reconcile all their differences in the end. I never would have predicted that despite everything that they would become THAT close and comfortable around each other.
I loved their dynamics and how the author was able to add another couple into this close-knit group. Yup…there is a side story folks and it does involve tragedy. It was an emotional loss but with that happening, a family was able to gain so much more. We get to meet a very remarkable Parker and Hayden and find how their lives intertwined with the rest of the Crew.
I appreciated that we were able to catch up on Laney and Dane’s and see how their relationship continues to grow. We find some new things about Dane that I thought would somehow change Laney’s perspective but uncovering these secrets just further solidifies them. Laney did some soul searching as well and was finally able to come to terms with some of the issues that have been plaguing her since she was young.
I thought that Whitley was a great surprise. I wasn’t very impressed with her in Emerge ( for obvious reasons) but getting to know her in Embrace – I found that she was just misunderstood. I enjoyed her witty, down to earth personality and I thought that she and Evan were a perfect match. The friendships that she was able to eventually build was also refreshing.
Just like in Emerge, I adored Evan in this book. I thought for someone so miserable he kept it together and remained level headed. I loved his patience and how smart he was about not falling into a rebound relationship. What I loved most about him?
He was so friggin’ romantic. He didn’t have the over-the-top means to woo his girl like Dane did but even with simple gestures, he was able to prove to Whitley how he understood her and show her how special and important she was to him.
For a book that had so many extra components I thought it was smooth and brilliantly done. S.E. Hall delivered such a well thought out sequel that will make you swoon, laugh out loud, and feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. I loved it and can’t wait to read Sawyer’s story.
Lunch is even more fun- oh, not here, but somewhere, I’m sure. I sit down with Zach and Sawyer, my stomach so in knots I’m not sure I can eat, so I peacefully concede my whole plate over to Sawyer when he’s eaten at least half of my fries rather than slap away his hand like I usually do.
Zach’s mesmerized by his phone, shocker, so I kick him under the table. “Ow,” he leans down and rubs his leg. “What the hell was that for?”
“I don’t know,” I shrug, “tell me something interesting.”
“Avery says hey,” he says, staring at his phone again.
“Oh my God, if that’s the best you’ve got, I’m screwed.”
Sawyer stops inhaling his, make that my food, just long enough to interrupt. “Avery huh? Kirby get on your nerves too?”
Okay, this is a conversation that may actually keep me entertained.
“Kirby’s cool, she doesn’t get on my nerves, but I’m definitely more into Avery,” he smiles shyly.
Yes! I lost $20 on Sawyer, but just won the same with Zach’s confirmation, so I break even!
“Well no wonder Kirby’s gone if you’re getting into Avery more.”
“Sawyer!” I smack the back of his head. “Say nothing Zach, I mean it.” This convo is going seriously downhill fast but actually gets worse when Sawyer speaks again.
“Sig party tomorrow night man, you in? We’re heading over when I get off, bout eleven.”
“Who’s we?” Zach asks.
“Me and Evan,” Sawyer darts one eye at me, shifting a bit in his seat.
“Nah man, ya’ll go. I’m gonna hang with Avery. What are you gonna do Laney?”
“Um, not go to a party with Sawyer and Evan,” I laugh, half-heartedly. “I’ll be doing whatever Dane has planned I’m sure. And Sawyer?” I stare at him until he reluctantly meets my eyes. “I appreciate you taking Evan under your wing, honestly. Just make sure you and I stay close too, alright?” I give him a pleading smile. I’d really miss Sawyer if we grew apart.