DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU by Estelle Maskame
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (November 24, 2015)
Synopsis: Love is everything but expected. Eden Monro came to California for a summer of sun, sand and celebrities , what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmonster and three stepbrothers. Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He’s got angry green eyes and ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pull her into their world of rule-breaking, partying and pier-hanging. And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t?
Did I Mention I Love You? is the addictive first book in Wattpad sensation Estelle Maskame’s DIMILY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak and forbidden romance.
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The new trend in books seems to be the emergence of Wattpad authors and Estelle Maskame’s first instalment in her new DIMILY trilogy lives up to the new trend. After reading the synopsis I was expecting a light hearted, new adult read that would focus more on the relationship between step-siblings Eden and Tyler. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading the book.
Maskame created likeable – even loveable – characters that are deep (relatively speaking – this is still a YA/New Adult book) and a story line that is captivating. While the romance between the two main characters, who also happen to be step-siblings, is engaging, the characters individually struggle with issues that add a level of mystery to the story.
The main question that really intrigued me: Why is Tyler the way he is?! He is clearly damaged by a dark past, but what exactly his dark past is, is slowly revealed as the story unfolds. The complexity and layers of this story shocked me and made this read thoroughly enjoyable. A topic that seemed a little controversial (step-sibling incest) was turned into a great love story that you find yourself quickly routing for (and not cringing at).
But be prepared: this book will leave you wanting more and running to the bookstore for the sequel (which was released just a few weeks ago, and I will be reviewed it here shortly!)