Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect. She also has no idea how others view her since Evan, her best friend, has coveted her since they were children. But college puts a gap between Laney and Evan that neither of them were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed and nothing will ever be the same.
Especially when in walks one Dane Kendrick, not at all the familiar, southern charmer of home, but an animal all his own.
A story of growing up, friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love…and life.
N/A Coming of Age- MATURE audiences.
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.
Things heat up, and not just the Georgia summertime, when Dane and Laney go head to head over plans for her new duplex. But Laney’s got his number, and knows just how to coerce her bossy, domineering man. Spend the summer with the gang and find out…just how many is a crowd?
The members of the Evolve Crew are getting older; so is the content. Mature audiences recommended.
Optimal reading order: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled
This series had me up and down, back and forth and then up and down again! I loved it and hated it all at the same time. Okay, not really hated, but it kept my emotions in all twisted and topsy-turvy! I cried several times, laughed and giggled until my sides hurt, and sighed with all of the dreaminess and the sexy / hotness that is known as Evan and Dane. I felt the emotions of the characters, and I do mean FELT! *sigh* To feel that feeling of first love again. Books that can make that kind of emotion flow so freely are amazing. This series is definitely one of them. The author is amazing, she captivated me and held me there until I couldn’t see straight from reading. She used the words in such a way that will leave you wanting to read it again and also beg for more.
Emerge has an amazing love triangle. We all know that I’m a sucker for a love triangle, but this one….tops them all! I have never been so caught between two guys! It was impossible to choose a side. They both had me begging for more!
Evan is perfect. Country boy. Athlete. Protective. Sweet. Need I go on? Like I said, perfect. I quickly fell in love with his Southern charm. Being a Southern girl myself, I guess I will always have a soft spot for it lol! The way that Evan was so in sync with Laney was just so sweet! You could tell, without any doubt, that he was 100% committed to her. It was so cute and heartwarming!
Dane is the one with the ‘bad boy’ shell. Acts like he is made of stone and nothing can take him down. Until Laney breaks through his walls. She is the one that has the power to get inside his head and learn who he really is. Underneath the mask, Dane is a really sweet and passionate person. Being an alpha and protective type and throw in the fact that Dane can sing….perfect. Now you see why I had such a hard time choosing which side of the triangle to be on.
I absolutely loved the rest of the crew. I really liked how each and every one of them connected into the story. It really made the book feel like a world versus just a story.
After finishing Emerge, I was heartbroken. I wasn’t for sure what was going to happen and if i was going to be happy about it. I was a bit afraid to read Embrace. At first, I was still heartbroken and Evan was still making me cry. But slowly I started to heal along with the characters. Okay, to be honest, I was pissed when Evan started to move on. I couldn’t believe out of all the characters that could have been written, he was moving on with ***HER***!!!! Ugh, I strongly disliked that chick. As time went on, just like Sawyer did, she grew on me. I really started to like her and accept her with Evan after the scene at the funeral. I laughed so hard! I never would have thought she would say something like that. I accepted her into the Crew after that. Turns out that she’s a pretty awesome girl. Good going Evan.
So I was finally happy for Laney and Dane, along with Evan and his girl. I loved seeing different sides of the characters and learning more about them. I might have even giggled in delight when Evan became part of the Crew. Its amazing how strong the Crew’s bond is. They are like a family.
I absolutely and positively loved the last chapter. Who knew all of that was inside of Sawyer? I really enjoyed getting to know that side of Sawyer. I absolutely cannot wait for his book! I just know it’s going to be amazing! I miss him already.
Entangled was a surprise for me. I didn’t read the synopsis before I read the book. I didn’t see the point, I was already 100% hooked on this series. I loved how it showed that just because we grow up, it doesn’t mean that we grow apart. True friendship will always last.
I wanted more of Sawyer in this book, but I see why he wasn’t. I know that all my questions about him will be answered in the next book. So it was bad that he wasn’t more involved in this book, but good also because it works with this series and leads up perfectly for the next book.
The last few lines of the story melted my heart. I think it was the perfect ending.
“We’re all just one, big, crazy, loving, extended family…forever entangled in one another’s lives, and pretty damn blessed.”
I think it really matches with the series so far and it makes me just that much more anxious for the rest of the series. I love the Crew so much! Amazing bunch of characters!
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.