Add to Goodreads shelf | Buy from Waterstones | Buy from Amazon
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?
I’m not sure what it was this summer, but I found myself unable to get into any summery romance books, and usually I’m a sucker for cliché romances. That is until I stumbled upon ‘Did I Mention I Love You?‘ The Goodreads summary makes it obvious that this is a forbidden romance story between a girl, Eden, and her stepbrother, Tyler. I wasn’t sure how to feel about this going in to the story… It’s not an unusual romance angle. I feel like I’ve come across the whole (step)brother/forbidden love trope many times in YA (*cough* one of the most popular being The Mortal Instruments…). So I was actually interested to see how this would play out. The day I picked this up, I was in the middle of two other books which I immediately cast aside as I got into the story. As you can see from the picture above, I grabbed a tub of my favourite Ben & Jerry’s (cookie dough is the best!) and a woolly jumper/makeshift blanket, and got right into it.
Tyler is a bit of your cliché jerk. He swears a lot, drives really fast, argues with his mother, gets drunk and is like a magnet when it comes to trouble. Great. He also has a soft spot for his brothers and is overly protective of them. But his personality is also a little more complex than that, I came to find the more I read.
Eden, on the other hand, is a bit more… sensible? I guess that’s the right word. She knows what she wants and when she doesn’t want to do anything – or someone else, *cough* Tyler* – to do something, she usually makes sure she gets her way. She comes across as really thoughtful and caring, especially towards her mother who her father walked out on. So the story follows Eden who finally goes to spend some time with her father in LA, she starts to hang out with the same group of friends Tyler is a part of and they get into a lot of adventures together, which I thought was a lot of fun.
Some parts of this story were a bit – just a tad – cringey, I must admit. But nonetheless, I finished it in a couple sittings and was really into it, only putting it down when I absolutely had to. Even for days later, I couldn’t really stop thinking about it and I really want the next book (Did I Mention I Need You?). The story was full of adventure and romance, but it also touched on some more serious issues like abuse, dealing with insecurities, and a broken family. The writing was also pretty neat and you could tell the story was written by an actual young person rather than someone attempting to act young – basically, the voice was authentic.
I feel like this would be perfect if you’re still trying to bottle that summer-feeling, especially since summer is over for a lot of people. It’s also such a fun and interesting romance, it’d be great for winding down.