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 Emerge (Evolve #1) by S.E. Hall Author: S.E. Hall
Series: (Evolve #1)
Published: May 15th 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Mature YA, New Adult
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Summary: 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.

Review: Oh boy, this book is completely adorkable. I didn’t expect to like Emerge by S.E. Hall a lot. But surprise, surprise, I really enjoyed it. This book has love triangle, so a little forewarn there, but this is one of those instances where I’m absolutely torn with the two guys. I couldn’t choose. In some other times I like the best friend then he fell a bit. Then enter mysterious new guy who was also swoon-worthy of his own rights. Gaaah, I’m so conflicted. Each one of the boys has faults. Neither of them is perfect and that is exactly what I loved about them. I also liked Laney, sometimes she’s annoying and sometimes she’s cool. I liked how contrasting her character was; it gave a little something on the story.

Laney was raised alone by his father, so she’s a little rough on the edges. She’s athletic and somewhat a tomboy. But that didn’t stop Evan, her best friend since childhood to pursue her. They were only at the early stages of relationship when fate decided to test them. They were attending different school. But being away from each other affected them. Lots of miscommunication between them even though they promised that they’ll going to be honest with each other. And while Evan was out of reach, Dane, a new guy befriends her and he seemed to be interested on her. He was nice and was there when Evan was not. And that made her confused: she loves Evan but she can’t deny that she was also have feelings for Dane.

Like I said earlier, I’m so conflicted. It wasn’t Evan’s fault why there was a miscommunication between them (hint: someone was sabotaging their relationship). He was bidding his time, waiting to finally make a move and all his effort drained to nothing. I feel so sorry for him; it wasn’t really his fault. I thought he’s charming and very patience, but it looked like the odds were not in his favor. Dane, on the other hand had me interested from the very beginning. It was so obvious that he was enamored by her. I think I knew what he saw in her. Laney was so different. She’s a realistic kind of chick; which I found ironic being a huge Disney fan (you know movies, fairytales and whatnot). But having a broken family scarred her that way. But I’m glad she wasn’t completely annoying. She is a flawed character and I liked how uneven her personality was.

I’m so excited to read the second book. I was so sleepy last night even though I wanted to immediately jump right into it. Now it was Evan’s time. I really wanted to know how he will move on from that devastating heartbreak. He had been in love with Laney for years and someone, not him, has her heart now. I also guessed who’s going to be his new girl. It was unexpected but I was right. Can’t wait to read more from this story.

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Preview Quote: 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. ” – Laney

2014 / 01 / 26
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