{Book Review} Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

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{Book Review} Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle MaskameDid I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Black & White Publishing on October 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Source: Sourcebooks Fire
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four-stars
Love has no rules.

It's been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother...and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can't help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it's not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there...simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?

Did I Mention I Need You? is book two in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame's DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.

I love New York. If you’re around me for more than two minutes, I will mention how much I love New York. It’s one of the best places on earth, in my opinion, and I think about it, wish to be there, and contemplate jumping on a plane at least five times every day. Seriously, New York is the epitome of travel locations, and I would have done anything to have stayed for six weeks like Eden did in Did I Mention I Need You?. After reading the first book, I did want to read this one, but the setting was what really got my attention. Once you step on those streets, your feet will want to find their way back. For a little while, I was able to take my mind there, to see the spots described like I was visiting again, and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. Her descriptions of the city are great, and I could see a map of New York in my head (or maybe I’m thinking about the one on my key chain?). Welcome to New York, everyone! It didn’t hurt that Tyler Bruce was there, either.

Falling in love with your stepbrother: okay or oh, my word what are you thinking? This book was morally ambiguous, one of the things that it has going for it. Is it right to fall in love with Tyler through Eden’s eyes when they’ve been related by a sheet of paper for a few years? Eh…I fell hard anyway. Of course, invite me to New York for the entire summer, and I’d be all yours, obviously. The Tyler I met in Did I Mention I Love You? and the Tyler that picked Eden up at the airport were a lot different. He still had the telltale signs of the Tyler that captured my heart in the first book, but he had cleaned up his act a lot.

Being away from someone for an entire year after having to hide your true feelings for a year before that was a lot of emotion festering in both of them. Part of this book was seeing what they would do with it all. Eden had left her boyfriend, Dean, who happened to be Tyler’s best friend, in Santa Monica, and while she loved Tyler first, she never crossed into cheating territory. The part of this book that I had the biggest issue with ended up being the kind of person that Eden became. We’ve all been in relationships that we jumped—off a roof, almost—to get out of, but Dean…Dean didn’t deserve to be lied to. Watching this story play out proved interesting.

Two years meant that all of the characters grew up a lot. Some of the main characters in the first book were only tossed into casual conversation a few times. It spoke highly of what it means to grow up, to leave some of those friends that you thought you’d be around forever behind. They do always say growing up is hard to do, and Eden had to make some difficult decisions.

The. Ending. What. The. What? Seriously? I don’t even have words. Like, none. No words to describe—other than some rambling and slack-jawed comments—what happened. I knew something would happen—I am on Goodreads a lot—but I couldn’t begin to think what. Well, I did come up with some ideas, but none of those ideas played out. It’s a good thing these books aren’t spaced out too far, because my fingers are already itching for the last installment.

You’ll question yourself multiple times going through this series. Is it really that wrong? What could it hurt; they’re not even related? Well, maybe that’s a little far…I’m not crazy, am I? Be creative—this book will force you to be. Some of the parts were a little slow, some of the things that happened a little too ridiculous, but over all, it’s a wild summer for Eden Munro.

And, I mean, really, NEW YORK!?

Moriah (1)

About Estelle Maskame

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Estelle Maskame is a novelist from Peterhead in Scotland. After gaining universal acclaim online during her teenage years, she signed a print contract with the Edinburgh-based publisher Black & White Publishing at the age of seventeen. She left school and now writes full-time. Did I Mention I Love You? is her first novel.

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