Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of Embrace by SE 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 it.

Embrace, the second book in the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, follows the characters from her debut New Adult romance, Emerge

Jenn D. says:

I don’t know what there is about young love that I love to read about but I just love it!  Embrace picks up right where Emerge left off and continues with an alternating POV.  What I loved even more was even though this is Evan’s story, we still get POV from Laney and Dane.  I felt like it was a true continuation from Emerge and didn’t feel like I was missing the original story of Laney and Dane.  
So we have Evan, the good ole country boy that left his full scholarship at UGA to follow his heart to Southern to be with Laney only to have his heart broken.  He quickly finds a friend in Sawyer, his complete opposite. I loved the wit and comedy of the interaction between them.   With Sawyer’s help, he gets him out and about and to convince Evan to forget about Laney.  He meets the prim and proper Whitely.  She was raised with money and is so different that Laney.  Evan instantly falls for her but because of what went down with Laney, he is afraid to act on it.  He decides that they should just be friends for now.  He goes on several blind dates that are pure disasters.  He then decides to ask Whitely on a date take it from there.  I love that Evan is the true gentlemen and is the big softy that knows how to treat a lady.  Evan has always thought him and Laney would end of together but he soon he realizes that his true love is not who he expects it to be.
“Maybe your true self only thrives in the accompaniment of the one made to bring it out in you”- Evan
With Evan’s story unwrapping we still have Laney and Dane.  The author does a wonderful job linking the two stories and not once did I ever feel lost or confused about the other story.  The love they have for each continues to grow but we also learn more about Dane’s secret and when it’s exposed, he is afraid that it will push Laney away forever. 
“You are the best thing about me.  The only thing is the whole world more beautiful than you is my love for you” –Dane
I love a good love story and with these we get two! We have the continuation of one story and the blossoming of another that I didn’t want to end.  I love the characters and felt like I knew them all.   It makes you wish that you lived in Georgia and went to Southern with all of them! I loved this story and cannot wait for Sawyers book as he is hands down my favorite character.   5 huge stars!! 

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 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.”
“Later Laney.”
I hang up and stare out my windshield, pondering. Zach is right, I’m being a selfish bitch.

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