Did I Mention I Miss You? (Estelle Maskame)

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One last chance for love.

It’s been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. She remains furious with him for his abrupt departure last summer but has done her best to move on with her life at college in Chicago – and she’s finally over Tyler…isn’t she? As school breaks up for the summer, she’s heading back to Santa Monica, but she’s not the only one who decides to come home…

Despite their breakup, Tyler’s determined to rekindle what they once had. Having been left behind to deal with the aftermath of their bombshell revelation and a family torn apart, Eden’s not sure she can forgive him. Now she must search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all.


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! You can check out my reviews for book 1 and 2 here: Did I Mention I Love You? and Did I Mention I Need You?.

I had high expectations for this one, especially because I absolutely loved the second book, so I wanted my HEA, but I wanted sound reasoning, good choices, great growth, you know… the whole package. I did get some of those things, so I can’t say I’m disappointed, but I somehow expected a little more.

I still loved the writing on this one, and I think that Estelle has a great future ahead of her, because the writing is great and some parts is actually beautiful. But while the pacing in DIMINY was so amazing, the pacing here felt off. The whole book takes place in a little over 2 weeks, and it just felt like so little time for everything that had come before. First of all, the first half of the book went by ever so slowly, and then the second part of the book felt rushed.

After being away for a year, I thought that Eden and Tyler needed more time to actually talk and resolve everything between them. Because one minute Eden is absolutely mad, and hardly 3 days later she’s absolutely in love again. I’m not doubting the love at all, because they never stopped loving each other, but a lot of shit went down during their year apart, and I just didn’t thought it was believable that everything would be that fine so fast. I wanted them together, of course I did, but I wanted a slower build-up.

Once again, I absolutely loved Tyler… he got better with each book. He had an amazing character development, and I thought he was kind of perfect. Eden though… hmmmm…. I understood why she was so angry, I really did, but she still felt so immature at times. I did like that they both develop a lot throughout the series.

I loved that they FINALLY accepted their relationship as it is. Yes, they’re step-siblings, they’re in love, and they don’t care what you think about it! Aleluia! It took them long enough :D. Their relationship is sweet and romantic and perfect, and I just wish it had gone a little slower than it did.

I was super ok with the resolution of the book, I thought it made a lot of sense, after everything that they’ve been through.

Ok, so apart from the pacing of the story, what else I wasn’t OK with? Some things were not properly explained or resolved. Like Kat said, Eden spends 3 books dealing with her issues with her body, yet here, her solution is not acceptance, or working out, or balance… her solution is to deny herself things she likes, and she kind of compares it to the changes in Tyler’s life, that he had to make himself do, and wow, not comparable at all.

Another thing that I didn’t like was her dad’s explanation to their ruined relationship. It honestly didn’t fly with me, and I absolutely loathed her dad, because no parent has the right to call his daughter what he did, and blame it on what he did.

I also wish there had been some more resolution in terms of Tyler’s history and his family, I felt like a lot of things were mentioned, but not properly tied up.

Overall, it was a good conclusion, but because the pacing was off, I felt like there was a lot of things right at first that could have been cut, and room made for more important issues.

I still love this series, and Tyler will always have a special place in my heart. 😀

You Before Anyone Else (Julie Cross & Mark Perini)

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Everything she wants. Everything he needs. 

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…


I am so glad that I requested this book, seriously, so so glad! First I would like to talk a bit about the book’s genre. While I requested it under Teens & YA, I have to say that for me this book is more a New Adult book than anything else.

With that out of the way, I loved this one! The writing is great, and I really liked how it flowed between the two POVs and how distinct Eddie and Fin’s voices were. I’ve read enough YA/NA dual POVs books to know that doesn’t always happen, so I was so glad that it went without a hitch here.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting when I read the blurb, but Eddie and Finley were way better characters and way more developed than I thought possible. I found them both such strong people, who had to face some terrible things and tried to be better because of that. I really liked how Finley tried to help everyone and be there for her brothers and father, even if she put herself last in the process, and I loved how she little by little made herself a priority. And Eddie, I loved Eddie, he’s just such a great guy. I really liked that he was doing what he thought was the right thing, and I totally understood why he did it. He was fierce. He was strong enough to leave everything behind for what he thought was the best, that takes guts. Also, YAY for a gorgeous and privileged guy who is not cocky or decided, or a huge player.

I have to say, the relationship between Eddie and Finley is probably one of my favorites ever. It’s amazing how they are 100% acceptive of each other, and while they wanted what was best for the other one, they never judge or tried to change, or did anything other than support one another 110%. And another amazing thing was how it there’s never really a conflict between them, not really.

That’s one of the most amazing things about this book: it’s not really about the romance. It’s about both of them doing what is right for THEM – as Fin doing something for herself, and Eddie doing what is best for him (etc). Their relationship is just an added bonus. A support system. A family.

Speaking of family, I’m IN LOVE with Fin’s family. Seriously, she has the best dad. Sam is amazing, I don’t even have enough words to express how amazing he is. He’s supportive of her, but still pushes her to be her best self, he doesn’t judge anything she does, or who she associates with. And best of all, when she brings Eddie into their lives, he welcomes him, and becomes the support that Eddie needs as well… AMAZING! Then there’s the twins, and Eddie taking care of the twins, and my heart soaring reading this, because he’s perfect with those little guys… *sigh*.

I struggled with one of the main issues of this book, and I have to admit that it made me cry. But I think the resolution was perfect, and I was so glad that Eddie and Finley got what they wanted and needed.

I highly recommend this book, it’s such a beautiful story that balances teen and adult problems, and how to be yourself in a world where you’re expected to be anything but. This book has an amazing love story, a great family and great friendships. Read it!