“We have sneered at one another since the day I arrived, fighting to try to find each other’s weaknesses. Mine is my insecurity. Tyler’s is the truth. And beneath it all lies attraction.”- Eden, DIMILY
Synopsis via Goodreads: Love is everything but expected.
Eden Munro came to California for a summer of sun, sand, and celebrities—what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmom, and three stepbrothers.
Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He has angry green eyes and an ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pulls her into their world of rule-breaking, partying, and pier-hanging.
And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t love…
Eden Munro is spending the next eight weeks in sunny California with her estranged father and his new family. She’s expecting fun in the sun and walks on the beach, but what she gets instead is a new set of friends, family drama, and a stepbrother who is nothing but trouble. But Eden believes that there is something more behind her stepbrother’s reckless behavior and the more she tries to understand him, the harder she finds herself falling for him.
“I’m so attracted to everything about him, and I shouldn’t have to feel like I’m doing something wrong because of it.”
The DIMILY trilogy has been on my TBR for a while, since its Wattpad days, but I never got around to reading it until now. With all Wattpad to published books, I know not to go the book with high expectations, which is a good thing because I didn’t completely love this book. It was an okay read for me. I wanted SOMETHING MORE, I wanted to FEEL SOMETHING for a book dealing with some pretty taboo topics, but ultimately I was left feeling unimpressed by the first installment in the DIMILY trilogy.
My major issue with this book was with the characters. I couldn’t connect with either Eden or Tyler. I felt that both these characters fell a bit flat, more so Eden than Tyler. Eden DOES NOT really do much throughout this book. She mainly just reacts to everything and everyone around her and I wanted her to take a stand and make her own moves for a change. When her father kept ignoring her, I wanted her to approach him and demand answers and when she didn’t, it frustrated me. Tyler is suppose to represent the typical bad boy, but I don’t think he is necessarily ‘bad’, just misunderstood. I think my problem with Tyler was with his personality, too over the top with the dramatics and I didn’t like it.
This book deals with a taboo subject matter, the step-sibling falling in love trope, and while I have no issue with this trope, I didn’t like the way it was done. I didn’t feel the connection between these two characters, no sizzle, no pop. WHERE THE HELL WAS THE EPIC ROMANCE?! It was too rushed and I felt that a slow-burn would’ve been better for these two.
“In a perfect world, Tyler and I wouldn’t be related through a marriage certificate. In a perfect world, Tyler and I wouldn’t have to sneak around and hurt people in the process of falling for each other. But this world isn’t perfect. Far from it.”
I didn’t completely hate this book. I really enjoyed the last 30% where THINGS WERE FINALLY HAPPENING! I felt like the plot really took off towards the end of this book. Tyler’s past is revealed, Eden finally stands up to her father and everything is shot to hell. It’s a complete and utter mess and I LOVED IT! I finally felt emotions from these characters and you could see how these two were struggling to fight their feelings for one another as they had to decide where their relationship was going to go from here. I was pulling for these two and even though I didn’t like the rest of the book, the ending left me eager to start the second book.
“I’m a mess. And the thing I love about you is that I’m allowed to be a mess around you, because I trust you. You’re the only one who’s cared enough to figure me out. I want to be your mess.”
Did I Mention I Love You? didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but it still manage to hold my interest enough to pick up the second book. I’m really hoping that the second installment is better than the first and I hope that the dramatics are kept to a minimum because it was WAY TOO MUCH in this book.