Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

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(The lovely team at Black and White sent this to me as a surprise! I’m reviewing it, but I did get sent a free copy of the book. Just to let you know!)

I finished this book a few days ago and it’s taken me a few days to collect my thoughts on it to be completely honest. Black and White Publishing sent me Estelle’s first book, Did I Mention I Love You?, earlier this year and I was completely obsessed. It’s a romance I absolutely adore, and they don’t come around often! So when DIMINY turned up on my doorstep, I was ecstatic to say the least, not least because my review of DIMILY appeared on the press release (thanks Georgia for pointing that out!), so I got to reading.

It’s been almost two years since Eden last saw Tyler, who now lives in New York, and it’s now been a while since they decided to call their ‘thing’ off for the sake of their families. Now, he’s invited her out there for six weeks to visit him and the city, and she’s excited to finally see him again, but as step siblings of course; no more. But for how much longer can they pretend? As their summer fling turns into something far more serious, it’s time they faced the truth, and whatever that may bring.

You know those books that have you hooked on every word, anxiously finding the next line to find out what happens next? Or those books that have you reading every page saying to yourself, “I should stop reading now, but… oh go on, one more page?”

Yeah. Estelle’s done that with DIMINY but for me, it’s less of a case of one more page or even one more chapter, it’s one more book. Immediately.

I sit here writing this review in absolutely envy of the talent that Estelle has for writing this beautifully. NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow and I would absolutely love to have the talent that she has. But less fangirling, more serious points.

Eden and Tyler, your favourite characters, are back to hit you even harder in the emotional punchbag that is your heart. Tyler’s changed slightly, and to some extent so has Eden. That first person, emotion filled perspective you got of Eden’s story is here to stay and is most definitely still an addictive element to this book.

The setting’s changed, but in a good way. New York provides the perfect (if not at times quite unsafe) backdrop for what blossoms into being a really, really nice novel.

What didn’t I like about the book? Um, the ending? Estelle, what were you thinking making the ending so cruel?! I seriously flicked through the pages at the back of the book to find out whether I was missing a few pages. I was cruelly mistaken, and I know it sounds like one of those cheesy reviewing cliches but I swear it happened!

I’m in desperate need of DIMIMY, but I don’t want this series to be over either! Even after the trilogy with it’s confusing-to-outsider acronyms ends, I really am excited to read what Estelle writes next and long after that.  

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