Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review & Tour: Embrace (Evolve #2) by S.E. Hall #Giveaway

At the end of Emerge, Evan had his heart shattered into a million pieces. I have to say that I was team Dane all the way, but I hated seeing Evan hurt. He's a sweet, handsome, true Southern gentleman and I really wanted to see him get his happily ever after.

Embrace begins right where we left off. Evan is not only heartbroken, but understandably angry and bitter. However, the last person I expected him to connect with was the one person I hated: Whitley. I seriously had a WTF moment and at 15% into the book I was very unhappy about Evan and Whitley being friends.

Do you know what one of the marks of a great author is? A great author has the ability to take a character you despise and make you love them by the end of the book. At about the halfway point I actually liked Whitley and was happy they were friends. By the end I was all "Whitely + Evan = True Love Forever!"

"I want you so bad, pretty girl. I want to love you," I wrap my arms around her waist, "I want to take care of you. I want to hold you. I want to be with you every chance I get."

The majority of Embrace is told from Evan's point of view, which I really enjoyed. You get to witness his transformation from a lost, broken boy to a strong young man and it was quite the journey. I loved reading his sweet romantic side. Plus being inside the head of a 19 year old guy is seriously hilarious at times.

I've taken nice guy and turned him into pussbag. My dick hates me - he told me so - and I'm all but ready for tampons and a training bra.

We also get a little bit from both Laney's and Dane's point of view as Laney struggles with her broken friendship with Evan and his closeness with her nemesis. Laney and Dane also have their own demons to still overcome and it was goo see them get through it.

As much as I loved all of the aforementioned characters, there is one more that I love above all the rest. And while he seemingly had small parts in the story, Sawyer just has a way of steeling the show. We end on Sawyer which I can only hope means that book 3 will be his story.

To say that I highly recommend the Evolve series is quite an understatement. If you enjoy the New Adult Romance or Contemporary Romance genres, these books are an absolute must read. They will make you laugh, make you ache, make you smile and make you cry. And you will love every single second of it.

I gotta say - women look real nice is dresses, bikinis or of course less, but when a little blonde is on her hands and knees, her tank top gapping down in the front, perky ass up in the air, her face smeared with mud, AND she's holding out a cup of worms she dug for you... This is the stuff country boys have dreams about.

Marianna's Rating:

**I Received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


“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.

Title: Embrace
Author: S.E. Hall
Series: Evolve #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Twitter: @emergeauthor

Book Description:
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.


About the 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 YA and NA romance.

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