Synopsis of Embrace by S.E. Hall:
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
Excerpt from Embrace by S.E. Hall
“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 him try 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.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Embrace by S.E. Hall, and I'm finding it hard to put into words how I feel about the book because. . .IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD!
I really enjoyed reading the first book in the Evolve Series, Emerge, where we first meet all of the characters. Laney is an athletic, southern tomboy with a quick wit that comes in handy when deflecting others and keeping her guard up. Laney and Evan have been friends for years, but things change between them their senior year of high school when they admit their feelings for one another. When the time comes for them to leave for college, they are forced to go their separate ways. . .something they have never had to face before. Some say distance makes the heart grow fonder, but in this case, Laney's heart grows fonder for another. When Dane enters her life, the chemistry in undeniable, and he helps her break out of her shell, allowing her to open up to him in ways she never imagined.
Now, let me just say that throughout Emerge, I was Team Evan all the way. . .after reading Embrace, my feelings were reaffirmed!
Poor Evan. After transferring schools and giving up a scholarship, he shows up at Georgia Southern University hoping to make things work out with Laney. What he wasn't expecting was to get slapped in the face with Laney's unreciprocated feelings. Sawyer (oh how I love Sawyer!) takes Evan under his wing and tries to help him move on from Laney, but it proves to be difficult when Laney and Dane flaunt their relationship in front of him. Laney, too, is finding it difficult to remain friends with Evan when they are barely on speaking terms. When the least likely of characters reappears, quickly befriending Evan, the rift between Laney and Evan threatens to grow. Will Evan continue to pine after Laney or will he find that special someone to pick up the pieces of his tattered heart?
The whole Crew returns for the second installment of the Evolve Series, and you will be left in tears of laughter, heartache and joy. S.E. Hall has quickly become one of my favorite authors, with her relatable characters, beautiful style of writing and sarcastic sense of humor. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend this book! (Be sure to pick up a copy of Emerge before you read Embrace!)
“I love her, and she loves me back. Not because I’m around, or like a buddy, she loves me. Told me she’s dying to fill up your house with spoiled little grandbabies,” I smile.
“Evan Mitchell!” she tries to act mad, but really, she’s holding babies in her mind’s eye as we speak.
“I’m gonna marry her one day and she’s gonna marry me right back. And we’re gonna fornicate, often, until we’re too old to do it without throwing a hip out. I’m careful, so is she, but if you want us there, then know I’m holding that girl in my arms all night, every night. Say yes or accept me staying here, please?” I give her the ole’ Evan one sided grin, then really see if I can embarrass her. “I’d never let you hear us.”
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.
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