Embrace by S.E. Hall

Embrace

Embrace, the second book in the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, follows the characters from her debut NA romance, Emerge. Evan Allen is a handsome, athletic, southern gentleman...who now attends GSU, for no good reason. No friends, a year of ineligibility on the football team and no girl, Evan is starting over alone. But 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, it goes better. Embrace it. 17+ readers recommended for this N/A Coming of Age romance due to sexual content situations and mature language.

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Smart! Very Smart

Author S.E. Hall was very smart not to put who Evan hooked up with in her synopsis. If I had read who it was, I probably would not have read this book.

I enjoyed how this was written. You still get to follow along with Laney and Dane from book one and see what happens with Evan after his heart was broken. I loved the line that Laney says to Dane “He was my first love, and I’d like to keep him in my life, but you are my forever. You’re the key to unlocking parts of me I didn’t even know existed”.  This was in the beginning when she is struggling to still have Evan in her life and not feel guilty for falling in love with Dane.

Evan struggles at the beginning also. He still wants to be friends with Laney, but he is still upset with her for moving on and falling for someone so quickly.

There are a lot of funny things that happen in this story. It may sound like there is a lot of drama, which there is, but it is sprinkled with humor and that is thanks to the character Sawyer. But the young lady that steals Evan’s heart has some humor to her also. There were a few “giggle moments” for me and one of them was when she says to herself, “I’m about to alpha mama all over him”. I am thinking to myself, who would say something like that? And then I answer, S.E. Hall.

S.E. Hall does such a nice job of keeping you up to date with everyone in the story and you don’t feel confused or lost.

EXCERPT

LANEY

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.

Emerge: Goodreads

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Author Bio:

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.

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