Series: Evolve #2
Published by Self-Published on 26th September 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
If you haven’t read Emerge, please don’t read any further, as this review will give spoilers from the first book.
I loved reading Emerge, the whole love triangle with Evan and Dane had me torn in two, never mind Laney, the main character. At the end of Emerge poor Evan is left with nothing, after giving up everything for Laney. He made a decision that was maybe a little too late, and Laney had already made her choice. I was gutted for him, but you know the phrase ‘You snooze, you lose’!
Embrace starts right where Emerge ended, with Evan taken to drown his sorrows by Sawyer. I wasn’t sure how the story was going to pan out, was Evan going to stay and fight for Laney? Or would he wallow in self-pity and try and transfer schools again? He does neither – instead he tries to put his mistake behind him, learn from it and move on. Whilst it’s hard for him to see Laney and Dane together, he does make friends with the rest of The Crew, particularly Sawyer and Zach.
He soon meets Whitley too, and feels like they have a lot in common. Sawyer warns him that Whitley is ‘clingy’ but it seems that the Whitley we saw in the Emerge is very different to the one we meet now, and I started to think maybe she was misunderstood.
I loved how Evan and Whitley’s friendship developed; they really ‘got’ each other. Evan, understandably, does not want to jeopardize another friendship so when he realises that he is feeling more for Whitley than just friendship he puts those thoughts to the back of his mind. He convinces himself that she’s a target for his rebound, and that if he starts dating other girls, he’ll be able to get over those feelings. There were some pretty comical scenes on the disastrous dates he goes on!
I loved Whitley, she was really not the girl that Laney thought she was in the first book and it was nice to see her be accepted into the group by the others. She deserves some happiness too, as her life is not so rosy at it looks.
We still get chapters from Laney and Dane’s point of view, there is still a lot of fall out to deal with from the end of Emerge, but primarily this is Evans book. I really enjoyed it, but it didn’t have the conflicting emotions of the first book in the series. That being said, I can’t wait to read the next book – Sawyers story. Now that should be interesting!
“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.”
I hang up and stare out my windshield, pondering. Zach is right, I’m being a selfish bitch.
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