Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Did I Mention I Need You by Estelle Maskame

Series: Did I Mention I Love You? #2
Release date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.

*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the first book and with the way it ended, I was beyond eager to read Did I Mention I Need You? Now while the love and intensity between Eden and Tyler still came through as believable between the pages, the story was mostly frustrating for me. I found some of Eden's behavior throughout rather naive and couldn't make sense of some of the things she'd say, and while I liked Tyler for the majority of the book, I hated what he did in the end because it came so abrupt and out of nowhere. 

Let's start with Eden. I totally understood her decision in the previous book to try and end what was going on between them because, well, the situation was sticky since they were in the same family. But I really didn't get why she went on to date someone else, specifically Tyler's friend, in hopes of trying to move on and get over her feelings for her stepbrother. I mean, she basically strung Dean along all that time when she truly loved someone else. And I never liked when people did that, you're not only being dishonest with them, you're also being unfair and selfish. Because while Eden was clearly in love with Tyler, Dean was a nice guy with great qualities and she wanted to hold on to him while pining for Tyler. So not cool. And I hated how she'd get all jealous when Tyler was around other girls when she was the one in a relationship with another guy. Like she expected him to still be strung up on her while she carried on with Dean. My gosh, she pissed me off a lot in this one. Even when Rachael and Tiffany showed up in New York, I wanted her to just come clean and stand up to Tyler's ex, but no, she was quick to give the psycho what she wanted and risk her relationship with Tyler. Not to mention she was all crawled up in bed with Dean while crying over another guy. Come on, Eden. 

I could go on and on about how irritating her actions were for me, but then I'd give too much away. I can say though that I'm glad they finally told the truth about their love for each other. I mean, keeping that kind of secret was just too exhausting. But then in the end Tyler did something I totally didn't see coming, but you know what, I kind of understand because he did have a lot of pent up anger he needed to deal with. And even though he explained to Eden that he needed that space and PROMISED to return, she was still caught up on what he was doing in that moment. Gosh. I'm not even sure I want to read the third and final book because after reading the blurb, I saw that she's going to start dating another guy again. Like why can't this girl learn? When you're not over someone, don't bring that mess into another relationship. How about stay single for a while, Eden? Work on yourself first? Just a suggestion. 

Aside from those annoying things, I did like that they were in New York, and that the setting came through very vivid as I read. Also, I liked Emily, but not so much Stephen (Snake). It would have been nice if the author brought Emily back in the third book. While I do want the main characters to be together, I wouldn't mind Tyler being with Emily if things just can't work out with Eden. Emily just seemed like such a nice person and I would have liked to know more about her character.

Anyway, like I said this one was way more frustrating from start to finish. Never a dull moment though, and I still liked it in the sense that Eden and Tyler's love felt so real and I always found myself rooting for them, no matter if they were stepsiblings. I just hope things will finally work out for these two and they can be together. 

Estelle MaskameAbout the Author
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.


  1. I agree. I'd rather a character not pursue a relationship at all than doing something as shady as dating you real love's bff. That's one sure way of pissing me off. Lol.

    1. I know right. It was just frustrating for me. Not sure how others find the sequel but the first book was way better in my opinion. I don't like that she's doing the same thing in book 3 as well.

  2. I haven't read this yet, but great review, I definitely want to check it out some time! xx

  3. I haven't read anything by this author yet. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed in it. I think that the main character would have irritated me with her behavior as well. Great review!


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