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Emerge (Evolve #1)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,027 Ratings  ·  992 Reviews
Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect and no idea how others view her.

Evan Allen's always been "friend zoned" yet protected and coveted Laney since they were children. But college puts a gap between them that neither were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed an
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Published May 15th 2013 by S.E. Hall
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Toski Covey

It's happened..

The day has come that FINALLY someone is tied sitting pretty at #1 with Kellan Kyle.. KK had a LONG 14 month run all by his lonesome as #1.. Some have come close.. But just not *quite* there.. You should know before moving on- I rate ALL Book boys on a Kellan Kyle scale.. So this is HUGE. HUUUUUUUUGE accomplishment. Not just ANY amazing book boyfriend can get to this level.. And let me tell you..
Tessa Teevan
Sep 28, 2013 Tessa Teevan rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Hovering between 2.5-3 stars. Loved Evan. Hated everything else.

First, I'd like to say that CLEARLY I'm in the minority on Goodreads, so don't just my take my word for it.

Locking myself in a closet and not coming out until I get a certain HEA in the next book.

Warning: My review may be seen as slightly spoilery because there's not really any way saying how I feel without possibly giving something away. So DO NOT READ if that'll bother you.



Laney and Evan have been friends for as long as they c
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4.5--I'm just going to pretend like that last chapter page wasn't even there--Stars!!!

Wow! Really, really liked this one. It pretty much grabbed me from the first page and NEVER let go.

Evan and Laney go from being BFFs to first loves. They were so sweet and cute together how could you not root for them. At this point of the story I am 100% Team Evan. There isn't anyone that could possibly sweep in and take his place. But just as soon as their love begins, Laney and Evan find out that they will
Jess-i-ca ~The Gif Witch~


The very last few pages made me
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This book was cute and cheesy in parts but sucked me in....At first I was pulling for Evan, then I was pulling for Dane, then I didn't know who to pull for! I totally wasn't expecting what happened....AGHHHH
Joan (official heroine hater)
God this book was annoying! I have no idea how I managed to finish it-I guess curiosity to see how it all ended up. The first few chapters of the sample I read were pretty decent-I should know by now that samples can be deceiving, when will I ever learn?
I absolutely hated just about every character in this book. Let’s start with Laney, our heroine. Biggest dick-tease I’ve ever read! Now I hate that term and hate it when guys use it, but I’m sorry, Laney was the very definition of a dick-tease. T
Kellie Maddox-Ward
There seems to be mixed reviews on this one.
Personally I really liked it.

Yes the heroine in this story Laney seems to have beer flavoured nipples, Ok so she doesn’t but she may as well.
Typical tomboy girl who doesn’t realise how hot she is… until she gets to college. Everyone falls madly in love with her and likes her immediately. Is a shy virgin etc etc etc Hence *beer flavoured nipples*

Ok I’m being a bit harsh cos I actually liked Laney.. But you know the NA Heroine’s I’m describing? Well t
Sammy ⭐️
Jul 23, 2013 Sammy ⭐️ rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Emerge is the first book in the Evolve series where we meet Laney, Evan and Dane

So Laney and Evan have been best friends and inseparable since they were 10 years old. Just before going off to different collages Evan decides it's time to face up to the fact that he's in love with Laney.

"I've dreamed of kissing her since I was 10 years old. I knew it wouldn't be the same when and if it ever's isn't."

But with the thousands of miles that will be between them throughout their
Crazies R Us Book Blog
A coming of age, NA romance with sexual content (mature audiences recommended)

Emerge is Laney Walker's story; an 18 yr old quick witted, athletic, southern girl who lets few get too close and uses her sarcastic zingers to deflect most situations. This is her coming of age journey...starting at a new college, with a new softball team and a quirky roommate, all while living in a co-ed dorm.

One night.
Dane Kendrick.
It changes all which she thought she knew and awakens something, someone, within he
Angela Graham
May 27, 2013 Angela Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that loves romance
This is the perfect book about a girl coming into her own and realizing there is more out there than she ever gave thought to. The characters were very well fleshed out and I was quick to build up a fondness for them. The story was sweet and at times tugged at my heart.

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Laney is the girl next door that I wanted to hug and tell her it would be alright. Although there were times where I wanted to shake her and yell at her to go out and live life.She's real, going through the motions of growing up
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Laney is the innocent, tomboyish, raised by a single father, girl next door. Evan is the sweet, all American, football player, boy next door. Seems perfect doesn't it? They thought so too. Being separated for college is not what they expected to happen to them. Laney thinks it is best for them to return to being best friends instead of boyfriend/girlfriend, she doesn't want anything to ruin the friendship they have had since they were 9 years old.

As Laney settles in at her school she easily beco
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 09, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Holy high ratings! I dont know much about it (I think there's a love triangle?) but am intrigued by all the 5 star ratings...

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, Evan having protected and 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
Alexis *Reality Bites*
I saw this on Facebook! This book is rated pretty high and has people saying they loved it! I must interest is piqued.
Lydia H
Jul 10, 2013 Lydia H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Review will be posted July 10th, day of Blog Tour Stop on HEA Book Shelf.

For now, I'm gonna say: read this book!! I could not put it down!


I had a very hard time putting down this book. In fact, my husband had to come into our room and literally take my Kindle away because I was neglecting a bunch of important things I HAD to do. True story. So yes, it's that good!

For the first time, during a "love triangle," the
Carrie Sims Schutze
I'm SOOOO mad at myself right now! I know better than to just start reading a book without first making sure it is part of series, which is what I didn't do with this book and now I'm kicking myself!

This book was utterly fabulous! I literally stayed up half the night to finish this it because I could not put it down. I've been reading a lot of books lately regarding love triangles and I am usually able to pick a side a stick with it, but not in this book! I'm still torn between these two guys b
Kelly 'Perusing Princesses blog'
BOOK REVIEW: Emerge (Evolve, #1) – S.E. Hall

Most girls go their whole life without meeting a man as wonderful as Evan or Dane, let alone finding themselves sandwiched in between two of them. The age old love triangle only seems cliché and trite until you actually find yourself in one, then it becomes agony.

Emerge tells the tale of Laney Walker, an innocent 18 year old who finds herself in one hell of a predicament. This is a coming of age story that focuses strongly on the solid foundations of f
Anne OK
Jun 03, 2013 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
S.E. Hall delivers an impressive debut in "Emerge." I gobbled it up in one sitting and was wishing for the next book in the Evolve series. It's one of the best coming of age stories I've read and the three main characters (yes, there's a romantic triangle) are well-defined and won't disappoint -- even when you get to the end.

Oct 19, 2014 Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic rated it it was amazing


This book was pure AWESOMENESS!!! This book had me at the very beginning. When I read a review on here that said Kellan Kyle was pushed aside because there was a new book boyfriend in town, I was up for the challenge. I really like Love-Triangles. I'm a sucker for them and boy did this book have a love triangle. This one was a little different for me though. Usually I'll pick a team early on, but throughout the book I was just on the fence and couldn't pick
Aug 06, 2013 Reanell rated it it was amazing
5 I'm team Dane 100% stars

I have seen so many amazing reviews for this book, and when I was approached about reading it in exchange for my honest review I jumped right on it. Once I started it, I was hooked! S.E. Hall's writing style is fabulous. I couldn't get enough of it.

Laney was a tomboy all her life, she played softball and was content to just be herself as long as she had her best friend Evan, life was just great for her. Until finally Evan started showing her he was into her as a girlf
Jul 09, 2013 Krystle rated it it was amazing
ok where the hell do I start apart from the fact this book is OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING!!!!!

this book had me cry, had me shitting a brick and it also had me in goosebumps more than once!!!!!

as a lot of you know me, when I pick a team, I stay there!!! no way do u sit on that fence NO WAY!!! I pick and I stick haha not with this book. im reading and im loving Evan, so much so that I announce on fb, no one will take me away from Evan, they are beautiful together the perfect romance. the perfect eve
Kelli Spear
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy from the author - and WOW. This book sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out in a matter of hours.

Emerge is the story of Laney and Evan. Best friends since kids, are everything to each other, and can't imagine being apart. Evan and her dad are all Laney has had since her mother left when she was young. We see them as best friends and then finally, as two who realize they can be and want more. This discovery is shattered when Laney isn't accepted into t
Mar 22, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Yay! A love triangle where I didn't want to twat punch the h!!

Ok- so I was very apprehensive to start this because of the love triangle angle. Love triangles tend to piss me off and irritate the hell outta me (thoughtless series--had a love hate relationship with that one) anyway - the h, Laney didn't annoy the hell outta me like I expected! She wasn't wishy washy and she was very forthcoming and no nonsense! I loved it!
Evan was the perfect best friend/lover combo! He was such a great guy! I don
Linda ❤️ SassyClassy
4.5 Stars

Such a cute story! I completely love the best-friends-since-kids thing. The story is so poignant and sweet at the same damn time it’s almost sickening! (in a good way).

Evan and Laney are childhood best friends. They officially ‘met’ one day after Evan beat the snot out of some kid that was bullying Laney when they were eight years old. They’ve been inseparable ever since. When senior year of high school rolls around, Evan decides that he’s going to take that leap of faith and bear his
Roline Bautista
Jul 15, 2013 Roline Bautista rated it it was amazing
Shiiiit!!!!! I need the next one NOW!!!!!! And as I'm writing this I'm crying my ass off!!!! I hate this feeling! OMG!!!!!! I'm heart broken!


After a night of sleep, I still feel depressed. I hate books like this. When after reading you feel heavy and ached. *sigh* but if a book can make you feel anything, it just means it did it purpose, it made you part of the story, it was effective.

I really really liked the story. At first I thought it was like Metamorphosis series bec
Carrie Richardson-horton
Jul 09, 2013 Carrie Richardson-horton rated it it was amazing
I had no idea going into this book that I would feel the emotions I do right now! I don't like this book..I absolutely LOVE it!! You hear me?! LOVED it!

Laney- tomboy,softball player,moving away from home to go to college away from her best friend, and only love she's ever known!

Evan- sweetheart,lovable,handsome, boy next door, and best friend who tells Laney before going off to college he is in love with her. Evan is swoon worthy and I mean you will love him immediately, but then boom in walks
Jul 17, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
4.5 brought my stomach to my throat stars!

The fuck! So ok, this was a great book to read, in my opinion. The book starts with Laney meeting Evan at the age of 8. It was so sweet.
Fast forward 8 years and they're in their senior year. They've been the best of friends all this time. Finally, Evan lets it all out to Laney and she most definitely returns the feelings. They get to spend the rest of senior year together.

Unfortunately, Laney doesn't get accepted into UGA with Evan and her BFF Kaitlyn.
Sep 19, 2013 Jessy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
I absolutely freaking loved this book! Sometimes you don't know why a book just sticks with you and sinks you into oblivion from things around you. This one did just that. When I read the last page and looked up I was like "Oh welcome back to the real world!" LOL
This is a book about wanting everything you ever dreamed of when it comes to love and planning it all out....only to find that well there are other plans in store for you and even if you try to fight them you can't help who you love. Th
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
Well spank me thrice and hand me to my momma!!!

This book has been awesome. As in mind-blown-and still-picking-up-the-pieces good. It has been a while since I've read a good contemporary romance that followed Beautiful Disaster. Maybe i have been reading too much of them but they all started blending in together.

This story is so sweet to begin with and stays sweet till the end. The characters are not your average college tits n' ass crew but actual people with an emotional range that is much lar
Jul 26, 2013 Pitty rated it it was amazing
I NEED the next book....but I'm also scared....there is no easy way out of this one....I'm crushed...I saw it coming so early on I don't understand how Laney did not!!!! I mean HELLO!!!!!!!!! And then in that last page it was confirmed...and now I'm crushed and October can't get here soon enough. I really can't review this book right now because I'm sulking and will probably go on a whiny rant and fill it with spoilers. All I can say is that I truly recommend the book. The characters are soooo l ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Vixster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read, I recommend to all who love YA books
Not got time to write a review, I'm straight onto the next book cuz that was a cracking ending
No idea how many books in this series, anyone know pls?
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S.E.Hall, lover of all things anticipation and romance, is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice and Baby Mama Drama, as well as the stand-alone novel Pretty Instinct. Her co-written works included The Provocative Professions Collection: Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, One Naughty Night and full-length novel Matched with Angela Graham as well as Conspire, a romantic ...more
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“Maybe it's not about the length of time you've known someone; maybe it's about instant recognition on an unconscious level. Our souls know each other.” 31 likes
“You know I want you. You know all this foreplay is in hope that one day I get to lay you down and love you. I think about it at least ten times a day, every day. I'm jealous as fuck of every feeling you have for Evan. I want you to tell him once and for all you're with me and never leave my arms, my life or my bed again. But for now, I'll settle for watching a movie and falling asleep with you in my arms.” 27 likes
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