Love a girl, sadly not one to be embraced (9)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'love' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'a girl sadly not one to be embraced' is the subsidiary indication.
'girl' becomes 'dora' (**).
'sadly' indicates anagramming the letters.
'one' becomes 'i' (roman numeral).
'to be embraced' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'noti' with letters rearranged gives 'tion'.
'dora' placed inside 'tion' is 'doration'.
(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Veneration", "Not a radio (anag.)", "Love", "Worship, veneration", "Hero-worship", "Deep love and respect", "Great affection" and "Feeling of profound love".)