Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: Did I Mention I Love You? (DIMLY, #1) by Estelle Maskame

Publisher- Sourcebooks Fire
Pub. Date- December 1, 2015
Genre- YA Contemporary Romance
Source- Print ARC
Rating- 4.5 Stars

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.

DIMILY? Wow, what a ride. When I first started the story m, I had no idea that this was first on Wattpad and written by an eighteen year old! I see why she got picked up for a publishing deal, the story has angst, romance, and so much delicious tension. I would definitely recommend this to the upper YA crowd because there's drugs, alcohol, and sex galore. Okay, maybe not that bad, but I read this thinking that maybe sixteen and under shouldn't read it. 

When I first started the story, I couldn't tell how I felt about it because at the time I could careless for the characters. Tyler is a HUGE douchebag upon meeting him. I was glad that Eden wouldn't put up with his bullshit like everyone else did. Honestly, I didn't know what to take from her character. I couldn't exactly 'read' her at first, and in turn, I didn't like her much. But I get that that wasn't fair to her. I quite like her...a lot. I think what's amazing is that this isn't a typical YA romance. It has deep issues in the dark depths of its soul - body issues being one of them. 

The more I got to see of Tyler, the more I realized, as did Eden, that there was more to him than meets the eye. Way more. Even though I hated his character in the beginning, I still felt that intense pull to him anytime he was around... He's very interesting to say the least. I mean why not, an asshole that actually may not be an asshole after all... Okay, who am I kidding, he was still an asshole, but he was slightly a lot more likable when we saw his vulnerability!

The secondary characters to me seemed like that type you keep close because you know sooner or later they could very well end up stabbing you in the back? Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer. I just know more drama and angst will be coming up in the next two books. I can't wait! Overall, if you're looking for a forbidden, sexy-laced read, look no further. Summer love has never been so sweet. 

If you can't tell, DIMLY has my full recommendation. I'll be the one counting down the days until he next book comes out because this is a series that begs to be read. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Hey! I'm Estelle Maskame and I write the DIMILY trilogy! I'm a total bookworm and YA addict, not to mention a hopeless romantic. I've always adored books and writing while growing up, and all throughout primary school I loved to write stories about talking dolphins and pirate ships. Admittedly, I've moved away from the eight-year-old fantasy genre and now focus on writing YA romance.

I grew up in a small town called Peterhead in the North-east of Scotland, and I belong to a huge fishing family! Understandable, given that Peterhead is a town known for its fishing. So it may be fishy and it may be small, but I plan to stick around here for a while.

I managed to survive school for twelve and half years in the end, eventually leaving with the qualifications I wanted! I've been working since the age of thirteen, starting in a hair salon and then moving to ASDA where I still currently work part-time in the George department, in my black and yellow uniform. I get to spend my weekdays writing!

My favourite things include books, hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows, of course), road trips, new clothes, my best friends, and chicken nuggets. On another note, I absolutely hate terrible drivers, snow, the dentist, and people who wake me up before 10AM.

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