Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Creative HeArts #2, companion series
Publication: February 25th, 2016
When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.
When Willa Schofer's father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa's senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother--the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he's constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.
Just when Willa's decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously--how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he's not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she's allowed to crush on the guy.
Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.
My thoughts: The two main characters, Willa and Finn, meet unexpectedly when Willa rushes out of a dinner where her dad has sprung the news that he is engaged to Mia McCain - only the most famous actress ever. Willa just wants to get away and when Finn offers her a ride on his motorcycle, feeling reckless and angry, she agrees. Finn figures out pretty quickly that Willa is the daughter of his mother's fiance, but Willa has no clue who Finn is. There is definitely an attraction, which Finn feels the need to squash because of who Willa is. Willa, when she finds out that Finn is to be her stepbrother, feels duped and keeps telling herself she is not attracted to him - especially since her crush is finally paying some attention to her!
Growing up in the spotlight of his mom, Finn is quick to suspect everyone who wants to be his friend. He tries to warn Willa that there may be people who just want to get close to her now in order to get close to Mia. The fact that she goes to a creative arts high school means that there are a lot of wanna be actors and actresses. Willa, of course, just pushes his advice to the side because part of her is still mad at him about the way they met. She also doesn't want to believe that Damien's attention may be because of Mia. I would like to believe that he is on the up-and-up, but the timing is suspicious.
I must say that I like those books where you know that the two characters are eventually going to end up together - but it is going to take them awhile to get there - and actually, they don't get there in this book, as it is the first in a trilogy. I have read some other reviews and have seen that people are upset by that - but I love trilogies - and if you get to all the good stuff in the first book, then why would you want to read any further?
I am looking forward to seeing how these characters get fleshed out in the next book and what is to become of their "romance."
About the Author
When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.
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