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(Evolve #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,655 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
After the romantic gesture of the century, Evan Allen is now faced with no friends, ineligible to play ball...and too late to get the girl.

He's starting over alone and doesn't know quite how to proceed, until certain members of "The Crew" step in, taking him under their wing.
It doesn't take the ladies long to notice him either.

Sometimes life doesn't go as you had planned.
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by S.E. Hall (first published September 25th 2013)
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Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
This book was a multi POV of Laney, Evan, and Dane but its mainly Evan's book.

After the ending of Book 1, I was really worried about how this one would be...

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I really love Evan. He's so sweet...He's like the perfect goody goody guy.....

Can't really say much without giving away the story but it was a cutesy story. I'll admit there were quite a few cheesy parts but I still enjoyed it.

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Don't click on spoiler if you haven't read Book 1 or 2.
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J *deep in the heart of Texas*
WARNING: Contains spoilers if you haven't read Emerge!!!!

What a super sweet story that was. I'm really not sure why I waited so long to read this one. I guess I was afraid it would fall under the dreaded 2nd book syndrome.

Embrace picks up right where Emerge left off. Evan has brought out the big guns....transferring to Southern for Laney. He shows up on her doorstep only to find out that she's moved on and is in love with Dane.

Embrace was told in alternating POV between Evan and we
Lydia H
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The perfect combination of sexy, sweet, and funny! S.E. Hall did it again!! I swear, this book was just as amazing as Emerge, if not better. I laughed out loud, swooned, and squirmed throughout the story line. The characters were once again, AMAZING! Seriously. The Crew was just...epic!!! Hilarious! I loved their interactions and chemistry!!! They just accepted, loved, and protected each other like one big, crazy family. I'm telling you, epi
Tricia  Santos
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Evan Mitchell Allen SO FREAKING MUCH. My heart was breaking for him at the shocking ending of Emerge. I was wailing. I didn’t think I knew who I loved more, Dane or Evan, while actually reading the emotional rollercoaster that is Emerge. But, with that ending I knew I was whole-heartedly Team Evan. How could I not be? In Emerge, he was the sweet-talking, creative nicknaming, caring, sexy, gentleman who was always there for Laney no matter what. In Embrace, we get to see lots more of this ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it


This book made me pick a team. Team Evan!!!!!!

Embrace picks up right where Emerge leaves off. Evan has given up everything, his scholarship, his friends, and his life back in Athens to move and be closer to his girl. Which he soon finds out is no longer his girl. Talk about a punch in the gut.

This book alternates from Evan, Laney, & Dane’s POV. When I saw that we get Dane’s POV, I was asking myself, isn't this Evan’s book? Why are we getting D
Dec 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Great follow-up to Emerge, full review to come with my tour stop on 10/1.


“Seeing Laney in Algebra every week is gonna suck, and I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to treat her with cold indifference; it just doesn’t feel right. We were friends for so long before we were anything else, but I’m not sure yet if we can get it back there. Not having her in my life at all is foreign and hurts like hell, but I’m not sure I can pull off anything more than cordial distance right now, and
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 som
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me gusto la historia de Evan y Whit aunque no tanto las partes de Laney casi me estaba cayendo mal. Veremos las historias de los siguientes personajes
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
I’ve never been a huge fan of love triangles, mostly because the constant back-and-forth between the characters involved stresses me out, but also because someone inevitably gets hurt. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the book, reading S.E. Hall’s Emerge (Evolve Series #1) was particularly nerve-racking because protagonist Laney Walker was caught in the middle of two near-perfect guys, Dane Kendrick and Evan Allen. If there was ever a character that got the raw end of the real, it would be Evan, ...more
Kelli Spear
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
You may remember that I adored the first book in this series, Emerge. So I was beyond thrilled that I would be participating in this blog tour. Evan was my choice from the first book and I was absolutely heartbroken for him. Thankfully, S.E. Hall knew we all needed his HEA and she wrote it!

Embrace picks up right where Emerge left us. Evan had just had his poor heart stomped on after giving up his football scholarship to transfer schools to be with Laney. Sad face. Thankfully my other favorite g
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 wonderful stars for Embrace by SE Hall.

I always struggle with how many stars to give a book. I really enjoyed this book and I do recommend it to anyone that read Emerge AND I can't wait for the next book. Release day is not soon enough for me to read Sawyer's story.

In Emerge we got this love triangle between Laney and Evan and Dane.

In Embrace, the focus shifts to Evan's story. And Whitley's story. So we get 4 POV's: Evan, Whitley, Dane and Laney.

Evan. He's just about perfect. My heart bre
Jodie Ellis
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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SERIOUSLY, S.E. Hall knows how to write a story that completely sucks me in! If possible, I loved Embrace more than Emerge. Wow.

After the end of Emerge left me in a fit of emotions, I was so happy to be able to see these characters again and see where life was going to take them.

Evan Allen is the total guy next door. Sweet, handsome, and absolutely charming. I was thrilled to read more of his story and I was not disappointed. I fell in love with him all over again in Embrace.

"The hopeless rom
I am in love with this author. I didn't think that Evan could get any more amazing. BOY WAS I WRONG!

In Emerge, the first book in the series, Evan is head over heals for his childhood best friend Laney. They start dating while still in high school. During their freshman year of college, when the two are separated, Laney finds herself in a pickle which ultimately puts Evan in the back seat with hurt feelings and a broken heart.

Meeting a new friend after having his heart handed back to him on a si
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this book wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I really thought it was going to be more of the triangle with Laney, Dane and Evan....but it wasn't. I guess when Laney made her choice in book 1 that was it...she stayed with it and never wavered again. This book was alllllll Evan and after I realized what the book was going to be, I was happy. Evan went through a lot...he grew up a lot in this book as well. I really enjoyed all of the interactions with "The Crew" and really wish I had frie ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Embrace!!! I love how you expanded on all the relationships and I still can't get over Whitley!!! I still need more Dane, but can't wait to hear more on Sawyer!!!! Great job and can't wait for the next book!!!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Embrace picks up where Emerge left off. We are taken on yet another intense roller coaster of emotions. Highs and lows. We get to witness many of the characters we love grow up in front of us. Learn valuable life lessons. We get to see Evan's story and what he see's and feels. And the ride is pretty amusing. Embrace is possibly even better than Emerge. We get our favorite characters and every day life situations thrown into the mix, you actually feel like this group is part of your friends. Stef ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Embrace picks up right where Emerge left off. Evan just gave up everything to be with Laney only to have his dreams and heart ripped to shreds. Leaving him stuck at a new school, with no friends, no football and no Laney.

Since she was a little girl, I showed her how a man should treat a woman as special as her. So he's getting a real lady... You're welcome, asshole.- Evan

Fuck this. Disney movies suck anyway- bring on a porno! -Evan

Embrace is about realizing that first loves might not be true lo
Maria's Book Blog
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really cannot praise this series enough! S.E. Hall is so unbelievably talented. Her writing style and ability to construct a perfectly detailed, even paced, captivating story is just incredible. I can honestly say that in both of my experiences with her books I had a hard time parting once they were over. I don't care if this series ends up being 50 books long, I'm in it for the long haul, completely committed! So please, keep 'em coming! It's just so easy to get completely wrapped up in her s ...more
Carrie Richardson-horton
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of being a beta for Embrace! I knew going into this book that it was going to be amazing! S.E.Hall you did it again lady! You took my breath away. I didn't think it was possible to love a book as much as I did Emerge, but I was wrong.

Embrace starts off exactly where Emerge ends. Evan heartbroken and trying to pick up the pieces after Laney picked Dane over him, and broke his heart. Let me say I'm a Team Dane girl but I love and adore Evan so much. Evan is the guy every girl drea
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

Do not read if you have not read Emerge as this review contains spoilers for the first book.

Maybe your true self only thrives in the accompaniment of the one made to bring it out in you.

This book begins right after the dramatic conclusion of Emerge. Evan is angry, lost and heartbroken since Laney chose Dane. He gave up his scholarship and life to move to win Laney back and lost.

As Evan begins making friends, he and Laney have to try to get past the hurt to regain their friendship but i
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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View this and other reviews at A Lust For Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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 expect
Jessica Adams
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

S.E. Hall does it again! If you thought the story couldn't get any better hold on to your hats. At the end of Emerge I was left with my heart crushed for Evan, but so happy for Dane and Laney. I wasn't sure what to expect, all I knew was Evan deserved his happy ending. I am not going to tell you if that happens, where would the fun in that be?
Evan has two choices, he can either move on, forget all about Laney and try to be on his own or he can try to rebuild
Maureen Mayer
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Embrace by S.E. Hall, and I'm finding it hard to put into words how I feel about the book because. . .IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD!

I really enjoyed reading the first book in the Evolve Series, Emerge, where we first meet all of the characters. Laney is an athletic, southern tomboy with a quick wit that comes in handy when deflecting others and keeping her guard up. Laney and Evan have been friends for years, but things change between them their senior year of hig
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Brandy Lynn
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was nipping at the bud for Embrace, Evan’s story. Let’s just say that last line of Emerge had me in tears. Evan loved Laney and even though he pissed me off at times throughout Emerge he still had a special place in my heart. So what does Evan do….He up and moves to be closer to what he thinks is the girl for him, only to find out that Laney has moved on with Dane….

Hmm, this is where things get interesting! Evan moves leaving behind his football team, friends, and has no girl. Now Evan has to
Christina Racich
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Embrace" starts off pretty much where "Emerge" left off. Evan Allen has had his whole life ripped apart. He lost the love of his life, his best friend, his scholarship, and is starting over at a new school and a new football team all in what seems like a minute. The worst part is he has to see the person that was his life since they were kids and see her happy with someone else while he feels like his life is over.

Whitley is from a rich family that doesn't have anything to do with her. She is m
Heather andrews
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Embrace starts off right where Emerge left off and Sawyer I loved that boy and I honestly can't wait for his book, he gives the BEST birthday advice to Laney, "wrap your naked self in a bow and blow his candle out." Dane can read right through Laney and I think that it's a great aspect to have in a relationship, "I mean," he runs his nose the length of mine, blanketing our bodies together, that I don't like it when you lie to me." When a certain tragedy strikes Dane is right there to pick Laney ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kara by: s.e. hall
Rating 3.5

This series is solid. The characters are a great group. I like reading about them. I was glad I got to know them.... I even feel like I will see more of them.
I would have liked to have seen more of DANE. Then again - this book wasn't about him.

Evan is:

Whitley is:

I loved this part:
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Feisty Girls
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
~Joni’s Review~

I loved that Embrace picked up exactly where Emerge left off. Yes, I was like so many rooting for Dane in Emerge, but I had great love for Evan. SE reminded me exactly why I loved him in Embrace.

Evan is a southern gentleman even at such a young age and I adored that about him. All I wanted was for him to find love and be happy.

I also have to admit that I didn’t like Whitley when I first met her in Emerge, but after learning more about her I discovered that she was simply misunde
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S.E.Hall, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author and lover of all things anticipation and romance is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice, Endure and companion novellas Baby Mama Drama and Guide for Tools Looking to Date My Daughter by character Sawyer Beckett. S.E. also wrote the standalone, Finally Found novels Pretty Instinct and Pretty Remedy and her l ...more

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