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Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1) by Estelle Maskame

Synopsis 

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?

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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.

Personal Thoughts 

Received ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. 

​I honestly am not sure where to begin with this book. When I got to 90% of it, I stopped and had to look online to see if there was another book, because there was NO WAY they were going to be able to explain everything that is going on in less than 50 pages.  So yes, this is a trilogy. So I am giving you heads up now. The 2nd book is now available, and the 3rd is supposed to come out sometime next year.

About the book: This story is about step-siblings trying to avoid their obvious chemistry towards one another. I think our society has made it seem so weird for step-siblings to hook up because of their parents. Let us be real… 

​You Drive me Crazy 
Nicole and Chase have grown up as neighbors. They hook up, and find out  their parents are getting married, which would make them step-siblings.
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Gossip Girls
LONG before they knew about their parents and their shared brother, Dan and Serena were an item and remained one for most of the series.  
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Clueless – Cher and her ex-stepbrother Josh fall in love with one anothe
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Brady Bunch Movie – Greg had a totally thing for Marsh
​I PERSONALLY think hooking up with your cousin is weirder then with a step sibling. Let’s be real you don’t share blood with your step-sibling, but you do with your cousin. Also, if you meet or found out about your step-sibling while you are older I think that is different than actually growing up with them. Cindy and Bobby Brady were young when their parents got married, so it would have been a WHOLE lot weird for them to get together then it would have been for the older ones.  

​There is a complete romance theme about falling for the “step sibling.” So if that makes you uncomfortable then stop reading, because you are not going to like this book. If the whole step-sibling thing doesn’t really faze you, or you are like ‘whatever’ then you can see if this book is up your alley.  

When I first read the synopsis I didn’t think it was going to be a step sibling thing. Then when I got into the book, I was like, “na, she is just going to build a strong relationship with her step mothers sons.” Nope, not the case. Eden goes to visit her estranged father in Santa Monica, California for the summer. He is remarried to a woman who has 3 sons – Chase 11, Jamie 14, and Tyler 17. Eden didn’t even know that she has step siblings till she spoke to her father about coming down to visit.

Tyler is a jerk! He is mean, rude, inconsiderate, shallow, total druggy and just an all-around pain-in-the arse! We do come to find out that Tyler has some MAJOR issues, from his past. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I will just say, he has a lot of baggage that he needs to take care of personally before he can handle other people. The problem is, he is unable to handle the internal problems. His only coping mechanism is alcohol and drugs; and, I don’t mean just pot. Tyler is doing and dealing the hard stuff – coke.

Here is how I feel about this book. It is an honest example of teens trying to act older then what they are. I grew up in Southern California, and it is possible to get a hold of the type of drugs and alcohol that is discussed in this story. I really with it wasn’t, but times have changed. I understand physically being attracted to someone, but seriously. So Tyler is going to be an ass to Eden because he thinks she is hot and is trying to stay away from her? Eden has serious daddy issues for putting up with Tyler and his temperature ways. Speaking of daddy issues…

Eden’s relationship with her father is brutal. Oh man. At first I thought it was just him not acting like a real parents, but when you find out the truth of why he invited Eden down for the summer, it stings.

Honestly this book was whatever to me. It won’t change your life if you read it. I am truly indifferent about it.
It is hit or miss. I gave it a 2 star rating because I felt it was – Okay. 

Parental Info 

​ACTIVE Sex, drugs, drinking! Divorce, emotional and physical abuse. Unhealthy relationships. 
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