Love a girl, sadly not one to be embraced (9)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'love' is the definition.
'a girl sadly not one to be embraced' is the wordplay.
'a girl' becomes 'adora' (**).
'sadly' indicates an anagram.
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'to be embraced' is an insertion indicator.
'noti' anagrammed gives 'tion'.
'adora' inserted into 'tion' is 'ADORATION'.
(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Praise", "Deep love and respect", "praise", "Honour", "high esteem", "enormous respect", "Hero-worship", "worship", "Intense love" and "Feeling of profound love".)