Did I Mention I Need You? (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?


First things first, I buddy-read this book with Kat @Life and Other Disasters, and she already posted her review of it, and you can read it here! Secondly, this is the second book in the DIMILY trilogy, which means that there will be spoilers for the first book for sure. You can check out my review of Did I Mention I Love You? here.

I actually liked this second book better than the first. A lot of things that were a problem for me in the first one, were not on this one, and it overall just made me feel a whole lot more. 

Now, this isn’t an easy story to read. Eden and Tyler are, for all intents and purpose, step-siblings. Their parents are married, and for 2 years they have been playing that part, after Eden gave up on their relationship for the sake of their family. But as soon as the book starts, it’s pretty clear that Eden is not over Tyler – you don’t count the days until you see someone that you’re over with. And as soon as she gets to NY, it’s more than obvious that Tyler is still very much in love with her.

I liked the way their story developed slowly, even though they made their feelings clear early on, it still took them time to act on it. They eventually do, because after 2 years apart it was kind of inevitable. Yes, this means that there is cheating again, but even though this time it hurt me, I liked it better. See, Dean is a great guy, he’s a great boyfriend to Eden, he’s a great best-friend to Tyler and he’s a good person, so it hurts a bit that they cheated on him. Yet, it felt more natural to me, because there isn’t a good excuse for it. Eden loves Dean, Tyler loves Dean, Dean has done nothing wrong, but it happens – as it does in real life.

As much as I love Dean, I very much ship Tyler and Eden, and I wanted them together despite the fact that she had a boyfriend… ups!

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Both main characters have grown a lot since DIMILY, especially Tyler. Eden has a few stupid moments, especially with all the jealousy, but she ultimately understands she was wrong… which is funny, because she’s the one with the boyfriend. Tyler however was a total joy to read. He’s so much lighter and happy. He’s fun and friendly and he’s a great “something” to Eden. He also has a couple of bad reactions and weak moments, but I liked that the characters acted their age.

I could have done without the extensive descriptions of NY city streets, but I’ve been to the city, so I more or less know the grid and it kind of helped me visualize things when they were moving around the city, so I didn’t mind it much. And like Kat, I had a lot of reservations about Tyler’s roommate and friends, but I was so glad to be proven wrong, because they turned out to be exactly what Tyler and Eden needed.

This book made me sad and angry, and I could just have killed some people there, such as some of their friends from LA and Eden’s dad… I hope he doesn’t end well, he doesn’t deserve the people he has in his life.

This was a solid 4 stars book for me until the ending. The ending, abrupt and open, that didn’t make me feel good at all. That ending was perfect. As someone who dealt with addiction in my family, I understood Tyler’s motive’s and I felt like a proud mama for his strength to do what he did – even if it broke my heart. It takes a lot of guts. 

I’m now patiently awaiting for Did I Mention I Miss You? release, because I really need to know what happens next. I need Tyler and Eden to be OK and happy, and together. I need them together.

I very much recommend this series, but be aware that it does have taboo themes and cheating, so if you’re not comfortable with it, you might want to stay clear.

Wandering About: New York 2007

Welcome again, to another week of Wandering About. This time, I’ll tell you about my second time in the USA, and my first time in New York City in 2007 (I was there again a couple of years ago 🙂 ).

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Let me tell you, New York is in my top 3 cities in the World! You know when you arrive somewhere and realize “this is a place I could see myself living in”? I got that feeling with just a few cities so far, and my Top 3 is: London, New York and San Francisco.

I went there in 2007 for yet another of my mom’s work conferences. But this time it was an all girls kind of thing, with my sister and my “sister” coming with us. (by “sister” I mean one of my mom’s business associates that looks more like my mother than me and my real sister, and she’s kind of a big sister to us). This trip actually began in Miami, then Orlando, then Atlanta and finally New York, but I’ll share the places in different posts, otherwise it would be too much.

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

My sister fell ill as soon as we got there, she might have had a stomach flu (I had one while in Atlanta), but she was missing her husband pretty bad by then, and that certainly didn’t help. So while me, mom and big sis were touring around the city, my real sister spent most of her time in the hotel room… what a shame. She tried, poor thing, but then we had to disembark a double decker so she could throw up in Central Park… very glamorous.

We ended up having one of the worst plane rides ever on our way to Portugal, that was not so much fun.

I really love New York. I love that I could walk all over Manhattan, that there was a Starbucks in every corner. Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Broadway and oh, the shows!!! That time we saw Mary Poppins and Chicago, the first one is amazing, people flying and everything, but Chicago was a let down, and I have to say that I think that the movie works way better.

The city has a life of it’s own, like everyone there walks with a purpose… I don’t even know how to explain it…

New York City makes me happy! So tell me, have you been to NYC? Do you like it?