Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Emerge by S.E. Hall

Emerge (Evolve Series, Book #1)
By: S.E. Hall
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 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.

Mature content.
I really was not sure what to expect when starting this book. I had it sitting it on my kindle forever but never got around to starting it. Then I was approached to do a review on the blog for it and figured, why not? 

And now I remember why I was waiting! 

The ending! UGH! I need book two, like NOW! It is not a bad cliffhanger, per se. It just leaves things unresolved with a character I love and I want to know how things turn out for him. If I didn't love him so much, I could probably end it with book one and be happy. Instead, I am left eagerly awaiting the release of book two!

Before heading off to college, Laney decides it is best to break things off with Evan. He is her long time BFF who most recently became her boyfriend. It is not a decision Laney makes lightly, but because she realizes that with her and Evan attending separate colleges, things will be different. She acknowledges the fact that there are some lines, that if crossed, she would never be able to recover from. Which means neither would their relationship, not even the friendship. 

I didn't feel Laney made this decision based on her lack of trust in Evan but because she is a realist. College is going to be the first time they have been apart since they were 10, things are bound to be different. I personally think it was an awesome growth opportunity for them both. Although, in the end, it felt like Laney really was the only one to truly embrace the college life and make the most of it.

She makes some wonderful friends along the way. And meets someone new that captures her attention. Now remember, her and Evan broke up, so there is no cheating nor a love triangle. As she begins to explore where her new attraction to someone new will go, she also realizes she can't let go of Evan. He is all she has ever known and being attracted to someone else doesn't erase the years of history Laney and Evan have. But is first love always the truer love? Laney has some tough decisions to make and has to figure out who her heart wants. 

Emerge is a book about growing up and falling in love. About finding yourself and embracing the changes it brings. It is exploring new feelings and spreading your wings. It is about making changes for your future and while trying to hold on to the past. 

It truly was a great book overall. I am definitely looking forward to the release of book two! 
Book #1
Book #2

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