Monday, June 13, 2016

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: More Than Us by Renee Ericson

Series: More Than Water 1.2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

It’s the wedding you’ve been waiting for…

Evelyn and Foster cordially invite you to celebrate their blissful union of an unlikely and perfect chemistry. Guests should be prepared for major swooning, aching cheeks, misty eyes, and laughter.

*More Than Us is a More Than Water wedding novelette that includes pitched tents, origami cranes, missing swim shorts, and a happily ever after fit for two opposites that are completely and totally in love with one another.
MTU e cover
~Book Review~
3 Stars

First, I love EJ and Fozzie as characters, and I’ve adored their previous stories where they really came to life and grew. You felt their chemistry and you fell in love right along with them.

So perhaps I had high expectation for this one, and maybe that’s why it didn’t quite live up to those expectations for me. I’ll admit I was expecting something more along the lines of the previous novella, which totally rocked when it came to sexy banter and adventures. But the steamy scenes are sorely missing here. This installment honestly just felt flat, and then it ultimately serves up some heartache in their wedding HEA, which I found disappointing.  I’m not a fan of angst for drama sake and what happens, for me, took away from their special occasion via a romance troupe that I'm not fond of.  And then time jumps rather awkwardly into a later future that I would have much rather enjoyed in its own novella—certainly another story, another segment of their life, for another day that isn’t sufficiently expanded on here. All in all, it just felt rushed and lacking key elements.

While still told via Evelyn and Foster’s dual first person point of view, this edition doesn’t possess the upbeat, spunky tone that readers have come to enjoy with these stories. And while serving to conclude their story, it left me feeling more unsettled. I understand this is supposed to be the final chapter for these characters, but I really hope Renee Ericson isn’t too quick to close that door.  Much like in real life, you never know when you might run into an old friend again, and I think fictional characters should be treated much the same.

Either way, More Than Water and More Than Kisses will remain two of my favorite stories. I absolutely recommend reading them if you haven't already, and I think I might even go re-read them myself!

~The More Than Water Series~

Renee Ericson is the author of More Than Water and 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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