Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Did I Mention I Need You? (DIMILY #2) by Estelle Maskame

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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.

Can anything be easy for these two? No, of course not. At the end of the first book, Eden and Tyler agreed to put the kybosh on their strong but inconvenient attraction to each other. This arrangement was made easier when he relocated to New York as part of a recovery program and Eden stayed behind for school. Miles of separation allowed them to delve into their daily lives without the other being a distraction. Fast-forward a year later, Eden decides to accept his offer to visit New York for the summer before she heads off to college. How can she refuse?

Eden does have a hidden motive whether or not she wants to admit it out loud, and that’s to see if she still has feelings for Tyler. It comes flooding back to her the first moment she sees him. She proceeds to spend the first couple of weeks wondering if he feels anything for her or if he's moved on. It’s rather uncomfortable and then they seem to be back in the same mess they were before.

I felt badly for them. The situation they’re in is by no means their fault. But this time the difference is that Eden is dating Dean, who also happens to be Tyler’s best friend. Eden does have genuine feelings for Dean but I thought she was being absolutely reckless while in New York. Tyler is by no means off the hook either – two can dance here. If things were hard for them before, it’s nothing like the complicated web of lies and secrets they’ve managed to create in these few short weeks. As a reader, I felt simultaneously guilty and judgmental. Guilty because I did want them to be together and judgmental because they were being irresponsible and crappy friends to those that trust them. Adding to the chaos are a few outside nuisances that made me what to claw at something desperately. Yes, I got very involved here!

Did I Mention I Need You? is another all-consuming story from Maskame. I guess one of the reasons I like this series so much is because it's not all sunshine and roses. I'm drawn to their angst. Maskame effortlessly taps into their confusion and insecurities. They have personal histories that need to be reconciled and relationships to mend with their family and friends. You'll definitely find a few moments that'll make you wince especially when it comes to the issue of being faithful. In their youth and immaturity they're capable of making as many mistakes as they are of getting things right. So no, it’s not going to be easy for them, at least not for a while. But I plan on sticking around to see what’s in store for them in Did I Mention I Miss You? 

~ Bel

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