Title // Did I Mention I Love You?
Author // Estelle Maskame
Pages // 421 pages
Publisher // Sourcebooks FIRE
Series // Did I Mention I Love You?, #1
Release Date // December 2015
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When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t – her step-brother.
Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?
Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.
Although strange and quite unconventional, the love story of Did I Mention I Love You? will leave you grasping each page in sheer desperation to know more. The story follows Eden Munro, a girl who is visiting her estranged father and his new family for the summer. It is here where she meets her new love interest and stepbrother, Tyler. Yes, this is an ‘incest-through-marriage-bond’ storyline but if you look past that – well, then it’s really beautiful.
We have sneered at each other since the day I arrived, fighting to try to find each other’s weaknesses. Mine is my insecurity. Tyler’s is the truth, and beneath it all lies attraction.
As any hopeless romantic would, I found the romance between Eden and Tyler adorable. Of course this was after I got over the incest part and focussed on them being strangers to each other. Cliché to fall in love so easy, it was the beauty of the tale that proved to make it a winner in my eyes. So, if you like cuddling up with all the pillows and having a little bit of a love-fest then this book is perfect for those ‘AWE’ feels.
“You’re the only one who’s cared enough to figure me out. I want to be your mess.”
Did I Mention I Love You? addresses some serious issues. The debate in whether this is done correctly will be left for another day. Tyler seems to be struggling through life, swinging his ways from party to party and indulging in endless drugs and alcohol abuse. I liked how Eden becoming part of Tyler’s life slowly pulled him away from the ‘darker’ side of life, providing him with a life boat. It also touched upon issues that originated from his troubled childhood – a tactic that allows the reader to feel immense sympathy for Tyler.
Because Tyler might have told me his secrets, but now he has a new one.
Scenes where Eden and Tyler are sneaking around to hide the fact they are together are both cute and heartbreaking. I got so wrapped up in all the romance that I severely wanted to beat up anyone who stood in their way. The things they did together, such as kissing on the dock, were cute, fluffy moments. But it was heartbreaking when they were exposed to Tyler’s bitchy girlfriend. I don’t condone cheating, not even in the fictional world, but for this couple – I let it slide.
There’s something more to it all, something intriguing about who he really is beneath the tough guy that he’s trying to protect. I’m so interested, so infatuated, and I’m falling for him.
There’s something new and exciting about this book. Perhaps its because I have never read a book about a girl falling for her stepbrother. Perhaps its because Estelle Maskame did her job so bloody well, you have no choice but to like the book. After all, her writing style is flawless. Either way, the DIMLY series will be a series that I collect and treasure forever. You should too. 5 out of 5 snowflakes, coming from the inner helpless romantic.