S.E. Hall is one of my favorite college romance writers. Her Evolve series was one of the first “new adult” series I dived into when I ventured into the indie world and I fell in love. She created a family of friends that was as strong if not stronger than blood and it was just what I needed at that time. So when I heard that there was going to be a spin-off of that series, of course I was going to get my grubby little hands on it. No doubt about it.
Jefferson “JT” Kendrick doesn’t fall far from the tree. This man is the perfect combination of Dane and Laney with his own quirks thrown in. He’s alpha, sarcastic, sexy and definitely swoon-worthy. Up until now, he’s been a bit of a playboy but that’s no problem, he just hasn’t found his one. Bellamy Morgan is a contradiction. She’s sweet but sassy, feisty but vulnerable. She’s studious, goal-orientated and JT’s sister’s best friend and therefore….off-limits. The chemistry between them is great. There’s a fabulous push-pull that happens. I love watching him get all alpha and then seeing her get sassy back. This is definitely a slow burn book though, so don’t expect too many red hot explosive moments.
The character development was spot on. Each character was carefully crafted with flaws, insecurities and strengths. All the secondary characters were just as fabulous too. I absolutely loved the move from “The Crew” to “The Squad.” I have to say though; Presley definitely caught my interest the most. And I will admit that seeing all the gang from the old series tugged on the heartstrings a little (and I’m now doing a re-read…). I love the interfering, loving family dynamic in the book. It’s one that I continue to enjoy in multiple books and Hall pulls it off so well.
The one thing that Hall does well is sarcasm and humor and she doesn’t disappoint in Embody. It’s alive and well in this story and it kept me laughing and smiling throughout the day (even with bronchitis!). It was definitely a sweet love story with limited drama. But still captivating all the same.
If you like sweet NA reads with alpha men and sweet women, definitely pick this up. You won’t be disappointed. -Peace and Love, Buxom J
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