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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
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.
★★FOUR STAR REVIEW★★
Evan thought once he got to Laney, they could correct all the wrong that had taken place and they could make their lives work like they both dreamed. He didn’t realize that she found love somewhere else. Dane was the new love of her life and she wasn’t coming back. Not only did he lose his best friend but he also lost love, or so he thought.
After finding out about Laney, Sawyer took Evan on a whirlwind of “everything”. He dated, he partied, he kissed but never took it all the way. Evan couldn’t find his “Laney” but he befriended Whitley and felt something for her. He didn’t want to think it was anything because one, Laneydidn’t like her, two, Sawyer seemed to hate her and three, he didn’t want to hurt anyone being the rebound. Something happened though and he let his feelings take over. He embraced what they were feeling toward each other and they started dating.
I was shocked that he chose Whitley. I didn’t see that coming. To me Whitley was more alpha than Evan. A lot of people could have walked all over him but Whitley was always there to make sure that didn’t happen. She was the voice that he didn’t have or wouldn’t let out. When she became your friend, she was your friend and would take up for you at a moments notice.
“I'm lady enough not to show my ass at a funeral, but woman enough to kick yours if you don't back off my friends."
It was nice to see their love blossom and see “the crew” embrace not only Evan but Whitley as well. They seem to all get along and he’s slowly but surely finding his way back to Laney has her friend.
We find out a little about Dane and something that has haunted him for years but that’s a spoiler that I won’t tell (you’ll have to read it) and Laney is still the spitfire that we all know (read the flag football scene a few times for a good laugh). She’ll always have Dane to her rescue.
I can’t wait for Sawyer’s story, which is the third book in the series. SE Hall did a fantastic job on the characters. I’m still TEAM DANE!!
***ARC received for an honest review***
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.