Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ARC Book #Review: Did I Mention I Need You (DIMLY 2) by Estelle Maskame .@estellemaskame

Book Title: Did I Mention I Need You (DIMLY Book 2)
Author:  Estelle Maskame |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Mature YA, New Adult, Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 2
Format: ebook, Trade Paperback
Cost: $10.99
Pages: 384
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: March 2016
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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.

Look for the companion novels: Did I Mention I Love You? in December 2015 Did I Mention I Miss You? in June 2016
This picked up so well from the first book and moved very quickly. We have a few who know but are keeping the secret, however now Eden & Tyler are far away from home, with no one who knows them here and this will allow them to explore who they are. Eden is done with her senior year and she's heading to NYC to spend the summer with Tyler and they are going to see where they go from here.  Tyler is in the city because he's working on the Rehab tour and he's been working on coming clean and staying sober.
"You know what?? Fuck It. I don't want you, I need you"  "Need " I echo. "Need" he confirms, nodding once, " I need you because you're one of the few people I trust. I need you because you saw me the way I used to be and you still stuck around. I need you because I'm in love with you Eden, & I have no idea how I''ll get over you"
Such an angsty story. I absolutely loved it. I also loved Beth, Tyler's roommate because she was so understanding and non-judgmental. She was great practice for them on sharing their secret.  This was so well written and again it's told from Eden's POV so we only know and see the things she knows and sees. Once again the city becomes apart of the story (and being a native New Yorker this made me love the story even more).

 Eden's doing her best to go with the flow while exploring this relationship from a safe point and then after a while, she dives right in to see where it goes.  Tyler is still working on his recovery and I thought for a while he had replaced his addiction with an unhealthy reliance on Eden.  They are trying to find a way to be together despite what others would have to say about their relationship.  I love the growth they both experience and the adult consequences when they try to take the cowards way out one too many times.

I loved that the author didn't make their HEA easy. We have to in real life work at it, and so did they. I love that there was a song that they both loved that kept repeating some great advice that they tried to take to heart and that at times Eden got it and at times she ignored the advice that was given to her. I mean we know we should do better but sometimes it's just easier to do what others are doing. There were so many awesome scenes but I truly loved the rooftop scene *once I got over the fear of her falling to her death*

Several times throughout the book I yelled at Eden to get it out; just come clean, but she was so cowardly she wanted her cake and to eat it too.  She had plenty of time to stop the blowback but didn't and even kept her actions encouraging to the situation getting worse.  You really are the worst Eden all because while trying not to be the "bad guy".  So many times in the book my heart broke for them. I get where Eden was coming from but she made herself the bad guy because she didn't want to be the bad guy she kept putting off this important discussion even as she had several times to fix it.  Just UGH. Of course, then there is the ole' biotch who flies halfway across the world just to start things. Girl y'all have graduated high school and almost no relationship survives the first year of college  What is wrong with you??

As the story progressed and the climax came closer I knew there was going to be some serious devastation and fallout.  Their parent's reactions especially Eden's dad my gawd!! He lost it so badly, I just know it couldn't have been me because I would have emotionally kicked his teeth in. His behavior was the absolute worst and just made me rage as I was reading.  In the end, I was so devastated at what unfolded I couldn't deal and at the same time, I understood. I would have gone about it differently but I understood and was glad Tyler recognized that Eden couldn't be his reason to be sober, he had to be his own reason.

Poor Eden is facing so much when all she wanted was the man she loved.  I absolutely loved that it was not easy or perfect. I loved that there was fallout and that not everyone took it so easily but they are also right in their belief that it will look wrong from the outside; however knowing the full relationship it isn't wrong at all.  Also, we can't live for the opinion of others, we have to live for ourselves. This was a lesson Eden struggled with throughout the book.

Once again I didn't read the premise of the story and I've managed to not be spoiled for this so I wasn't prepared for the wildness this book proposed as to what went down.  I so didn't like the uninvited guest who showed up. I mean who pushes themselves in on a trip you weren't invited to?? Who does that?? Come on girl let go and move on...damn!! I enjoyed that the secondary characters were so well written that I hated the people I was supposed and liked/loved the right people.

Reading this I felt giddy, excited, nervous, and just all of the emotions especially anger. As I was reading I couldn't understand how Eden didn't realize that being cowardly was going to blow up in her face. Like girl what??!!!. I highly recommend this., I finished it in one sitting because I just couldn't believe all that was happening and couldn't stop reading because I needed to know how it was all resolved or not resolved. I can't wait to grab the third book.
Books In Series
  1. Did I Mention I Love You (Book 1)

  1. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Happy Reading my loves, 

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