Monday, June 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Trailer, Review, and Giveaway for More than Water by Renee Ericson

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Happy release day to Renee Ericson! This book is awesome and read on to find out how!  Also check out the excerpt, trailer, and giveaway!

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More Than Water by Renee Ericson
Publication Date: 22 June 2015


It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel wrong. It just...feels.
EJ Cunning, an art history major, dates musicians. Foster Blake, a chemical engineering major, can’t sing a tune. They’re not each other’s type. They’re coworkers. Then, one night leads to sex—sex between friends—which leads to an agreement. It all seems so simple—but nothing ever is. Many layers build a person’s facade. Look into the depths for what’s hidden within. It’s more than water. It’s a story—a living and breathing substance beyond the reflective surface.

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He’s an enigma.  
He’s geeky in some ways, yet there’s something else. Maggie saw something. He definitely has some really strong and striking features underneath the obvious nerd thing. With his underlying subtleties—strong chin, good hair, bright eyes, defined lips, and firm hands that turn each page with dexterous fingers—I can see how a girl could be attracted to that. Along with his sinewy forearms leading up to firm biceps that— 
“Do you have X-ray vision?” he asks, startling me from my observations of him. 
“Maybe.” I shuffle through my bag, pulling out the first book my hand finds. Great. French Baroque Artists. Blech. So gaudy.  
“See anything you like?” 
“Not really.” I open to a random page. “You’re not exactly my type, so don’t even think—” 
“Don’t worry. I wasn’t.” He laughs. “You’re not really my type either.” 
“Is anyone your type? Or are you oblivious to all women?”  
I shut the book and lean forward. “Are you gay? Because, if you are, we need to talk about your sense of style. You do not fit the stereotype at all—unless you’re going for that whole superhero-at-night, geek-by-day thing.” 
“Um…” He places the magazine next to the keyboard and turns in the seat to face me. “I’m not gay.” 
“So, you’re just oblivious to all women?” 
“No. Why would you say that?” 
I gesture toward the steps. “You didn’t even notice that girl drooling all over you. She was totally into you. She was practically handing her boobs to your mouth.” 
“Oh, I noticed.” He adjusts his black-framed glasses. “I’m just not interested.”

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★★★★ 1/2 stars

Some how I got my tropes messed up. I thought this book was an enemies to lovers type story when it was more of a coworkers to lovers one. I wasn't bothered too much by the discovery because I was enjoying the story too much to worry about themes. I loved EJ and Foster's chemistry and their initial conversations just slayed me with their wittiness and humor. 

Besides amazing banter, EJ and Foster had some amazing chemistry as well. Initially I wasn't sure anything was going to happen between the two, but thank goodness for lowered inhibitions due to lots of alcohol (on both their parts). I loved seeing their friendship and non-relationship blossom.  I liked both EJ and Foster. I was able to relate to both of them. I could relate to EJ's and Foster's painful romantic pasts and I could relate to EJ's struggle with having her parents see her and accept her decisions.

The juxtaposition of art history and chemistry was done in such a wonderful way. I loved seeing how art inspired EJ and what it meant to her.  I also loved "seeing" the art she created. There may not have been physical representations in the book, but the descriptions were vivid enough to see them in my head. The nerd in me who gets chemistry loved the drinking game that brought EJ and Foster together for the first time, as well as the other science references.

I must admit there was a twist or two at the end I didn't see coming. It certainly added a new spin to EJ and Foster's relationship and helped them figure some things out. I really enjoyed my first Renee Ericson book. I hope she writes more books like this one. I'm surprised I haven't read anything by her before now. If you're looking for a book that'll make you laugh and that's hot, I'd definitely pick up this one! 

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About Renee Ericson
Renee Ericson
Renee Ericson is the author of the These Days series.
Originally from the Midwest, she now resides in a small town just outside of Boston with her husband and three children. Most winters, Renee can be found on the slopes of the White Mountains skiing with her family. During the summer months, she likes to spend every spare minute at the beach soaking up the sea air. All those moments in between, she is talking to imaginary characters and caring for her children.

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