Sunday, December 15, 2013


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.

Shelly rates this book:   5 stars

I was turned onto this book by an author friend of mine, who proclaimed it was "the best book she ever read!".  So of course I instantly added it to the top of my TBR list. I can't tell you enough how happy I was that I did just that!

Emerge is a story about a girl, Laney Walker, and a boy, Evan Allen, who meet at a young age, and become instant friends. She has always seen him as someone she can trust and depend on, and he has an overwhelming need to love and protect her. Through the years of high school, their friendship grows and turns into a romance.  Evan during their senior year, tells Laney of his true feelings, and they start dating. However, that ends up being short lived because college comes in between them. She decides to end the dating relationship before they head off, so that neither of them would feel guilty or hurt, and ruin their life long friendship.

At Southern University, Laney meets Dane Kendrick.  They are instantly attracted to each other in ways that neither of them have ever experienced.  Dane is so unlike Evan in ways that are irresistible to Laney.  They connect on a level she doesn't with Evan, however, even though they aren't dating, she feels like pursuing things with Dane would be wronging Evan in every way.  

Choices are made, relationships are changed,  friendships and loyalties are tested, and it all leads to the question...who will give up the most, and at what cost??

This story is written from many different POV's.  You will fall head over heals in love with both Evan and Dane, and will truly understand the love and pain that Laney experiences.  This book made me laugh, and it made me cry.  The author did an amazing job developing such a deep connection between all of these characters, it leaves you hungry for more!  S.E. Hall knocked this first novel outta the park!  She will forever have a fan in me!!  Book 2 of the Evolve Series is due out in Sept. of 2013, can't wait!!!

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.

Review: Shelly rates this book :  5 Stars!!  

 I cannot stop boasting about this series and this author!  S.E. Hall has yet again hit a grand slam!!!  Embrace starts off where Emerge ended.  Laney and Dane are together and happy, and Evan is miserable...oh, and at Southern full time now!!  The "Crew" especially Sawyer, has taken a liking to him immediately.  Saw is on a mission to get Evan's mind off Laney, and onto something or someone else.  However, that someone he was hoping for wasn't Whitley!

Whitley is hated amongst "The Crew".  From her childhood crush on Dane, to the war between her and "The Crew's" favorite little spitfire, Laney.  What none of them know however is that she isn't really so bad if they ever really gave her a chance to get to know her.  Evan, no matter the opinions of everyone else, did just that!

Whit and Even start out as friends, while he attempts to finally get pass his romantic feelings for Laney and back to the loving friendship they have always shared.  While dating, something he hasnt ever done, Evan grows closer to Whitley.  However, he keeps himself from dating her because he is afraid of what happened between him and Laney could repeat itself with Whitley.  But when you meet the love of your life, there is no stoping fate!!  

I have to admit at first I was thrown that it was Whitley, Evan started hanging with.  I like "The Crew" was not very fond of her in Emerge, but I love how S.E. changed my mind, and we got to truly understand the person hidden inside!  I loved how "The Crew" finally took to her and accepted her into their fold!  All the characters have developed so much, in this book, I can't wait for more!!  I'm hoping maybe we get to see if anyone can finally get Sawyer, to see that monogomy really isn't so bad!!!  ~Shelly 

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. 

Review:  Shelly rates this book 5 stars!!!!

I was lucky enough to get the privilege of BETA reading this amazing novella! 

The "crew" is back in an awesome novella by S.E. Hall.  Everyone is maturing and moving forward in their lives and relationships, all except maybe Sawyer!  But, isn't that what we all love so much about him?

I am Team Dane all the way, and this book didn't disappoint me in anyway!!  It was a fun, entertaining, book to read.  And I must say, getting to see the different sides of Dane's lovin'....SWOON!!!!!  I'd love to be Laney Walker, even for just a day....or night!  ;)

One of my favorite scenes is when the girls go to the "girl's only party".  All I can say is...door prizes, cha cha's on fire, and the look on Dane's face when Laney informs Dane she brought him home a "buddy"!!! I literally could not stop laughing out loud!!!  

I love the turn she is taking with the developments the characters.  We are getting to see a little more deeper into them!  There is a bit of drama, and a whole lotta lovin'!!  Something is definitely going on with Sawyer though!  Can't wait to see whats got the playboy all bothered about in the next installment of the Evolve Series! 

Optimal reading order: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled

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.

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