Evovle Series Review 1-2.5

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synopsis

EMERGE

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.

EMBRACE

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.

ENTANGLED

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

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Review

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!

Author

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.

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Storm Warning Review

C. Quinn and E. Lee’s amazing new novel in their Broken Heartland Series, STORM WARNING, is out today and we are excited to join in the release day launch for it. STORM WARNING is a thrilling Young Adult Contemporary you are not going to want to miss! Check out what we have for you today and then enter to win in the release day launch giveaway! There’s also a fantastic excerpt for you. But be aware! The Storm Is Coming…

synopsis

Sometimes you don’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and privileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret.
One has a crush.
One has been lying.
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

Review

“Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late…….”

When I first picked this book up I was only excited because it was based in Oklahoma!! (Woot Woot, Oklahoma girl right here!!) Then I started reading. I was hooked! I was absolutely drawn in like a tornado sucking everything up! IT IS AMAZING! Kyle is one of those good ole boys from a small town that makes you want to drool over hard work and farmer’s tans. I loved him from the beginning. He was sweet and amazing. I hated Cameron when I first got to know her. She annoyed me and was one of those girls that I just wanted to hit in the face. After you read more though, you start realizing Cameron isn’t really all that bad. She doesn’t deserve the hate you might want to give her in the beginning. She has a good heart but grew up thinking things had to be a certain way.

The relationship between Coop and E.J. is complicated. I was rooting for him to man up at the beginning and finally tell her. He kept letting me down and disappointing me all the way until it was too late. In comes bad boy, preppy asshole Hayden. He was cocky and self-absorbed, yet I still couldn’t hate him. There was something there that made you want to the deeper part of him.

I loved E.J. and Hayden together. Even through all the problems and the complete differences they fit. They balanced each other out. The complications that arose seemed large when you read them but realizing where it could go made them all seem so small.

The characters have so many different depths and dynamics to each of them. You love them, you hate them and you can’t decide who to root for sometimes, but you will want more of them after you read them.

This book was written in a way that drew you in and then kept you there until you couldn’t eat or sleep until you knew what happened. I had to read it while cooking, cleaning and up until the point of falling asleep with it in my lap. I would recommend this book for an any day, any time read. It is amazing and will keep you waiting for the next one. I can’t wait for Part #2 to come out!!!! Loved it!

I give this book 5 stars!!!

excerpt

Hope’s Grove was small. Everyone knew about her parents, and she was already dreading
facing them since the news of her dad’s affair had hit. But facing them without
her brother and her best friend would be her worst nightmare.

After the girls had said their goodbyes and she’d watched her friend’s taillights
fade down the drive, Ella Jane scuffed her boots along the winding dirt road
that led her home.

She was about halfway there, watching the sun sink low in the evening sky, when the
unmistakable rumble of a pickup truck came barreling down the road behind her.
She stepped aside to let it pass without looking back. But it didn’t pass. It
slowed practically to a stop right next her.

She turned, wondering what the heck the driver’s deal was. There was more than
enough room for him to go around. But the smiling face beneath the backwards
trucker hat sent the words on the tip of her tongue swirling away with the dust
the truck had riled up.

She bit her lip and grinned. Warm brown eyes gleamed in her direction. “Hey there,
Ellie May. Need a ride?”

She rolled her eyes. Why Brantley Cooper couldn’t call her by her actual name was
beyond her. But as long as he was talking to her, she really didn’t care much
what he called her. He can call me ‘flower’ if he wants to.

He was a year older than her and a year younger
than her older brother, Kyle. Smack in the middle of their ages and grades in
school and usually smack in the middle of their arguments. Coop kept the peace.
Balanced them out perfectly.

The three of them had met at the same time as kids
but Coop and Kyle had become like brothers instantly. She’d always tagged along
wherever they went. Kyle had whined about it when they were younger but Coop
always made her feel welcome. He held doors open for her so she didn’t get left
behind, made sure to invite her despite her brother’s protests, and lately he’d
even stopped by and hung out even when Kyle wasn’t home. And this year, she’d
be a junior and Coop would be a senior. With her big brother away at college,
she couldn’t help but fantasize about what might happen if she and Coop spent
time together alone.

“Hey, Coop. Lynlee just left so I was just…” She glanced toward home. Kyle wasn’t
back from football camp yet, and her mom was baking herself to death, trying to
keep her mind off of everything.

“Yeah, I heard the Wicked Witch was moving west. You up for some fishing? I have to
drop my bike off at the house but we could swing by the lake after.”

She should get home. She knew she should. Should order a pizza and convince her mom
to take it easy for a night. Except…it was Coop. And in all her sixteen years,
he was the one boy she’d never been able to say no to.

“Yeah. Yeah I’m up for it.”

 


 

 

 

About C. Quinn and E. Lee:

Whether you believe in
destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol’ dumb luck, several
things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn’s
paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly,
or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both
of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and
country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one
another, “Y’all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee
in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls,
ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is
the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series,  Broken Heartland.