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Review+: Did I Mention I Love You?  by Estelle Maskame

Title: Did I Mention I Love You?
9781492632153-PR

Author: Estelle Maskame

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: December 1, 2015

ISBN 9781492632153

Praise for Did I Mention I Love You?

“Readers will root for them, like they would with Edward and Bella—the mutual attraction and need for one another is palpable. It rings of passion, excitement, and first love.” –VOYA Magazine

“An edgy young adult romance with dark layers” –The Examiner

“A believable coming-of-age story and an unconventional romance, set against a present-day California summer… . The fallout of divorce, the insidiousness of substance abuse and family secrets, and especially the pangs of first love drive this emotionally resonant tale.” – Publishers Weekly

“Written in first person, Maskame’s trilogy opener is an excellent portrayal of a teenage girl’s life in the 21st century. Eden has to adjust to her blended family, try to feel pretty, be body conscious, and make friends, all while falling in love for the first time. She is someone all young people can relate to…Romance fans will be captivated by Eden and her journey to finding herself and true love.” –School Library Journal

Summary:

 Love is everything but expected.

Eden Munro 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 has angry blue eyes and an 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 pulls 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 DIMIY trilogy: three unforgettable summers of secrets, heartbreak, and forbidden romance.

Goodreads Link:

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My 3* review:

I seem to have read quite a few books lately with a sixteen year old leading young lady character and this is another. There, however, the similarities end. This heroine is Eden Munro. Three years ago her father left, divorced her mother and disappeared from both their lives. This summer, out of the blue, he invites her to stay with him and his new family – his new wife Ella and her three boys. Because of difficulties she’s experienced over the last year, Eden agrees to go but things are awkward from the start, the three step brothers aren’t the youngsters she’d assumed. Tyler Bruce is the oldest, just a year older than her and he has serious attitude and behavioural issues from the start – with good reasons you’ll learn later in the book but you don’t know what they are to start with and I’m not going to tell you. Eden makes friends with Rachael and, by association, with the group she’s friends with. These aren’t exactly the crowd I would have liked my daughter to hang out with at that age, especially not manipulative, nasty, Tiffany or the lads! Her Dad rarely seems to have time to even acknowledge her existence, things are going off with Tyler and life certainly isn’t going to be a smooth ride in this new household.

I’ve very mixed feelings about this story. The writing is easy flow and engaging but the characters and tensions as well as some of the issues involved made it somewhat uncomfortable at times. The teenagers involved seem to be spoilt brats with little if any redeeming features – and for most of them I have no idea where their parents or guardians were to offer them any mature support or guidance. They all seem to have gone completely off the rails with no one to help them get back on track. So many of the relationships seem toxic, someone really ought to be loving them enough to help and support them. Their lives seem to revolve around parties, alcohol, sex and spending money. . . . they have attitudes which imply this is their right and little if any social conscience. I’m so glad the majority of teenagers I’ve met have been nothing like these!

The big reveal towards the end helps the reader understand some of the reasons for Tyler’s behaviour and does give a glimmer of hope but Ella moving on from one boyfriend to another seemed wrong and I certainly didn’t sympathise with her over this. As I hope I’ve suggested, this is an engaging read, is well written and I’d certainly like to read more by this author in future but I’m really not sure about this particular book. You may well love it, I’d be interested to read what others think about it! I would also still like to read how the relationships in this story develop in the future novels!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review and to the publishers for providing additional information, graphics and materials for this post.

 

Estelle 29About the Author:

Estelle Maskame started writing at the age of thirteen and completed the Did I Mention I Love You?  trilogy when she was sixteen. She has built an extensive fan-base for her writing by serializing her work on Wattpad. Fitting book writing between work, Estelle has amassed followers from all over the world. She lives in Scotland. For more visit estellemaskame.com

Social Media Links:

http://books.sourcebooks.com/dimily/

https://twitter.com/EstelleMaskame

Did I Mention I Love You? Excerpt

I can almost see the road through the gaps in the fence by the side of the house, and I squint through. There’s music playing. More like blaring. I can hear it over the crappy music that’s already bouncing around the back yard, and as a sleek white car speeds up to the edge of the sidewalk and skids against the curb, I grimace in disgust. The music cuts off the second the engine is killed.

“What are you looking at?” Rachael asks, but I’m too busy staring to even attempt to answer.

The car door swings open roughly, and I’m surprised it doesn’t fall straight off its hinges. It’s difficult to see clearly through the fence, but a tall guy gets out and slams the door shut just as aggressively as he opened it. He hesitates for a moment, stares at the house, and then runs a hand through his hair. Whoever he is, he looks su-per depressed. Like he’s just lost all his life savings or his dog just died. And then he heads straight for the gate.

“Who the hell is this jackass?” I mutter to Rachael as the figure nears us.

 But before either of us can say anything more, Jackass decides to hit the gate open with a fist, drawing the at-tention of everyone around us. It’s like he wants everyone to hate him. I figure he’s probably that one neighbor that everyone despises, and he’s only here in a fit of rage because he wasn’t invited to the lamest barbecue get-together that’s ever been hosted.

“Sorry I’m late,” Jackass comments sarcastically. And loudly too, with a smirk on his lips. His eyes flash green as emeralds. “Did I miss anything besides the slaughtering of animals?” He throws up the infamous mid-dle finger to, from what I can see, the barbecue. “I hope you guys enjoyed the cow you just ate.” And then he laughs. He laughs as though everyone’s expressions of disgust are the most entertaining thing he’s seen all year.

 “More beer?” I hear my dad call out to the silent crowd, and as they chuckle and return to their conversations, Jackass heads through the patio doors. He slams them shut so hard I can almost see the glass tremble.

 I’m stunned. I have no idea what just happened or who that was or why he’s just entered the house. When I realize I’m slightly slack-jawed, I close my mouth and turn to Rachael.

She bites her lip and pushes her sunglasses down over her eyes. “I’m guessing you haven’t met your step-brother yet.”

 

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Coming Soon!

Did I Mention I Need You (March 2016) & Did I Mention I Miss You (June 2016)

9781492632184-PR Book Info:

Title: Did I Mention I Need You?

Author: Estelle Maskame

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

Eden and Tyler have desperately tried to ignore their love for each other for the sake of their family. But they can’t seem to stay apart for long, especially once Tyler invites Eden to spend the summer with him in New York.

 

Away from their life in California and caught up in the excitement of the city, their summer fling turns into something much more serious. Unable to deny their feelings, Tyler and Eden must face reality. But how will their family react when they confess their romance? And is their relationship strong enough to survive the fallout?

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 Book Info:9781492632214-PR

Title: Did I Mention I Miss You?

Author: Estelle Maskame

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire

Eden’s on her way back to Santa Monica for the summer, and she hasn’t seen Tyler since the devastating fallout of their forbidden relationship. Eden claims to have moved on—but Tyler wants to rekindle the flame.

He convinces Eden to visit his new home in Portland, Oregon, where he has set up a center for troubled teens. Eden’s proud of what he’s built, but the last time they were together, it nearly destroyed Eden and their family. Then a tragedy draws them together, and Eden must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.

DIMILY Trilogy

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