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Turning the Pages Review: Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

OUR BLURB: Before you know it, you’ve turned the pages and the book is over – and that’s not a bad thing. You will be rooting for Eden, praying for Tyler, and championing them both in a book that  just won’t be able to put the book down.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: 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?

Our Thoughts: When I opened the book, I admit that I didn’t want to like it. I wanted something to read, but I didn’t think I would spend the entire night up, flipping the pages and yearning to find out what happened next. Estelle manages to keep you intrigued, with great pacing, angst, and family issues you are trying to solve.

I am not the girl that wants to fall for bad guys, but I fall deep for them. And maybe that’s why I can’t stop turning the pages. But Tyler is misunderstood and is trying to do everything he can to hold up the pieces. But that boy has so much on his shoulders, more than one child should have to bear. He’s struggling, and all he wants to find is peace. At least that is the perception that that I got.

Eden has Daddy issues and I have to tell you – they are rightfully there. She’s been through a lot and her father has let her down. But she’s working to pick her life up and put the pieces back together.

The last 1/3 of this book, had my heart beating out of my chest. I was in tears, screaming, jumping, and wishing that I could put my heart back in my chest because it was head over heals for Tyler.

Movie/TV Show Appeal:  Why this isn’t a TV show yet, I don’t know. The series has the potential to be a great TV show. We’re not seeing it as a movie. But think of it as a modern day One Tree Hill/90210. 

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