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, the second book in the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, follows the characters from her debut New Adult romance,Emerge
About S.E Hall
S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading YA and NA romance.
“Zach, don’t say my name,” I choke out, storming across the lot as fast as my shaking legs will carry me.
“What’s wrong? Where’d you-“ his voice comes loud and worried through the phone.
“Don’t say that!” I interrupt, God, how embarrassing. “Can you walk away from everyone and talk to me for a minute? Where no one can hear you.” My voice is nasally and obnoxious, getting on my own nerves.
“Yeah Mom, hang on.” Zach- not a great actor. “Okay Laney, I’m by myself now,” he whispers.
“I’m sorry I bailed on practice, and I’m sorry to bug you now, but I need a Zach of infinite wisdom fix real bad right about now.”
“Let’s pretend I don’t already know what’s up your ass and you go ahead. It’ll give you a chance to vent.”
Alright, so that almost makes me grin.
“Basically, he just hung on that bitch in front of me just to piss me off, and it worked! Seriously? I don’t do that shit to him! Nothing I did was to purposely hurt him. How long did I absolutely torture myself NOT to hurt him Zach, huh? A long ass time!” I come up for air, waiting for him to tell me how right I am while I climb in my truck.
“Laney, you know I love you, right?”
This can’t be good.
“Then you know it’s with love when I say this.” Dramatic pause that makes my skin crawl. “Get over yourself! I don’t care if he fucked her on the field and asked you to film it. You may not have meant to, but you destroyed that kid. He’s here with no friends, no girl and a new team. Sound familiar? He’s just trying to put one foot in front of the other every day, just like you did. You got your happily ever after, so back the fuck off and let himtry to find his.”
Well then. Zach-1. Laney-0.
It hurts, not even gonna pretend it doesn’t, but his words are honest…and absolutely dead on. It angers me at myself for being the cause of such sad, but true words, describing the crushing of my Evan. It’s a lot to think on and I have to do that now, before I cruise right out of control.
“You’re right Zach. That’s why I call you. I’ll always get the straight-up what I need to hear. Thanks.”
“I luv ya Laney. Don’t be mad at me, but much like yourself, don’t ask for my advice if you don’t want it.”
I chuckle, “God, if that isn’t the truth. You’re harsh, but right. I’m not mad, I swear. Now go coach! I’ll talk to ya later.”
I hang up and stare out my windshield, pondering. Zach is right, I’m being a selfish bitch.
Janessa's 4++++ Star Review:
I get an email telling me about a new book that had been released. So I gave it a shot and I am so glad I did! I am now, not so patiently waiting, for anything else S.E Hall will throw my way! I also have an entire new playlist on my phone because of this amazing series!
Embrace begins right where Emerge left off, thankfully, because I was dying to know what happened! S.E had me hooked from the first page in Emerge to the final sentence of Embrace! No joke, I read them back to back and didn't stop!
I was pulled into the lives of her characters and made to feel like one of "the crew". In many books I read I connect to one, maybe two of the characters...in this book I feel a connection to every character in some way.
In Embrace we see Evan's struggle to move on from Laney, the only girl he has ever loved. He decides it's time to put himself out there and date. Never big on the date scene because he always had Laney, he finds that it's not as simple to find a sweet, normal girl like the one he was used to!
"I have had my fortune told by the crypt keeper, fed another mans fetus and I'm pretty sure I went out with a dude!" ~Evan Allen: Embrace
I was very surprised when a character from Emerge turned his head, especially when it was a character I had some harsh feelings toward. But S.E being the talented author that she is pulled me in the direction she wanted (she is very good at this, just so you know) and completely changed my view of her. I found myself wanting nothing more than for Evan to choose her and make them both happy. *I am leaving out her name in case you have not read the books*
Staying in the same path of the story you first discover in Emerge, Embrace takes the characters to an entire new level with events from their past that made them who they are today. Mistakes and heartache that they have been living with for years are discovered and how they are dealt with has emotion dripping from the pages.
"When you're young, all you can think about is how you can't wait to be old enough to drive, have no curfew, no parents telling you what to do, be old enough to drink, to vote, to get in clubs- all exciting, glamorous things you think adulthood holds. I didn't have these exact thoughts, but I'm pretty sure it's the consensus, and I have now confirmed my original skepticism...growing up is not all it's cracked up to be. It's scary, it comes with a new set of drawbacks, and mostly, the more you change, grow up and move on....so does everyone around you. You're dad can't protect you from everything, he can't slap a Band-Aid on it or tell their parents and fix it. As you get older, the adults you love get older, the problems get bigger and less fixable, and the pain gets worse." ~Laney Walker: Embrace
If you want a novel that will make you fall in love, laugh, feel your heart ache and be completely enamored with, then read S.E Halls Evolve Series. You will not regret it! I will be sitting here twiddling my thumbs waiting for Entice (book 3)...still waiting...I need Sawyers story NOW!
Job well done S.E Hall!!!