Friday, 6 November 2015

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

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? 

Eden's estranged father has finally made contact, after abandoning her and her mother 3 years ago, and Eden has made the somewhat courageous decision to spend summer with him and his new family in LA. The only thing is, the new family is a bit different to what Eden expected: she now has to get used to suddenly having 3 teenage step-brothers. Brothers are bad enough, a 17 year old with anger issues? Talk about a handful!

Right from the off, Eden had to deal with some very complicated family dramas. Her dad is barely trying to get to know her, and Tyler is.. well, Tyler. Moody, stubborn, rude, not to mention drinking and doing drugs, Eden is annoyingly drawn to him. I loved this hyped-up tension; it wasn't sexual to begin with, just Eden attempting to unravel the enigma that is Tyler. They grow closer until they can't help but admit attraction. Even though Tyler is still being a jackass keeping secrets, there is something about him that Eden can't turn away from. Typical bad boy who wants fixing.

Living in another state bought other problems to Eden's door, like not knowing anyone, getting into glaring contests with Tyler's psycho girlfriend and playing nice with her new brothers and stepmother. The friends were one thing, from making new friends in the first place to finding out years of in-jokes and past relationships, but the family drama was balanced out too. Eden's dad never really proved his worth as far as I'm concerned but Ella and the two younger boys welcomed the new addition rather well. 

The awkwardness of falling for your new step-brother was dwarfed by Eden and Tyler's chemistry. The whole situation pretty much sucked but they complemented each other really well and I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses.

Published 1st December 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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