Published by Entangled: Crush on February 22nd 2016
Series: Creative HeArts #2
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance, Weddings, Crushes, and other Dramas
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.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.
How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the second book in the young adult, Creative HeArts series. The Creative HeArts series in unique in the fact that each of the books is written by a different author. Tera Lynn Childs wrote the first book, Ten Things Sloane Hates about Tru, which is the first book in a Sloane and Tru trilogy. However, How Willa Got Her Groove Back is about completely different characters and it is by Emily McKay. The feature that ties all of the books together is that they are all high school contemporary romances, and they all center around couples in the arts in some way, shape or fashion. It is an interesting concept. I have not read the first book in the series, so I don’t know if the books are going to rotate with the characters. For example, I know books 1-3 are each centered around a different couple, but I don’t know if book 4 will continue this trend or if it will cycle back around and be book 2 out of 3 in the Sloane and True trilogy. Have I confused you yet?
Ok, in case you are totally confused about the structure of the overall series, let’s talk about this book. How Willa Got Her Groove back is the story of Willa and Finn. It was a really cute story. When I finished reading it, I immediately wished that there was more to this book. (or that I had the second part of their story.) I felt like we left off at a really good part, and I want to know that happens next.
Willa is just a (sort of) ordinary girl. Or, as ordinary as you can be with a famous director for a father. But then her father gets engaged to a famous actress, and along with her comes her hot son. I bet you can see where this story is going. Except, it didn’t…go there that is. There was a lot of hinting that it may be to come, but I both loved and was frustrated by the fact that there was only a lot of hinting. I loved it because this book was focused more on Willa and her reservations about the whole thing. And let me just say, I completely get it. Her life is going to be completely uprooted and changed, and she didn’t get even the slightest heads up. But at the same time, man was she vocal and stubborn, and a bit of a brat about the whole thing. I love Willa, but I would have hoped that she would have been a bit more gracious after she was given time to settle down and adjust to the idea. Now for my frustration…I loved Finn. I found myself waiting for his chapters to come around because I was just so delighted in how protective he was of Willa.
Book two needs to get here ASAP and I for one and hoping for a whole lot of Willa and Finn. Or at least for Willa to open up a little and give him, and his mom a chance. Mia seems like a genuinely nice person, and Willa treated her pretty bad.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a contemporary romance book that is witty, well written and doesn’t take any of the obvious moves, this is the book for you. It takes a well loved trope and goes the unexpected route, in my opinion. This first book is mainly focused on character building and growth, and the relationships (of all kinds) are slow burn and so enjoyable. I am a huge fan of How Willa Got her Groove Back. Bring me book two now, please!
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