Blog Tour Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back

How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay
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.


*I received a free digital advanced reader’s copy of this book from Entangled: Crush. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel was released on February 22, 2016.*

This book had it’s ups and downs. I really liked the concept of Willa and Finn being forced together because of their parent’s impending marriage. Plus, Finn is really cute and I like that he keeps his emotions hidden, making him dark and brooding, my favorite kind of book boyfriend. And I loved Willa. She was funny, honest, and I sympathized with her greatly.

My biggest issue with this novel was I found Finn’s reasoning for pretending he was okay with his mom marrying Willa’s dad a bit unbelievable. Every time he thought about why he needed to pretend he was happy I got annoyed because it seemed so ridiculous to me. Also, I hated Willa’s dad and I don’t think I was supposed to. I just found his blatant disregard for his daughter’s feelings completely unacceptable and I also hated that he couldn’t understand why Willa was upset.

Still, I thought this book was well written and I’m honestly intrigued to know what happens next, especially because dating and falling in love with your stepbrother is definitely taboo. I really want Willa and Finn to be together but does that mean their parents won’t be? Or will this be some weird family set up? Also, this is the second book I’ve read recently where step siblings have a romance. I don’t know how I feel about that or what that says about me.

Anyway, honestly this book was funny and cute and a pretty quick read. I liked that for the most part it’s told in Willa’s point of view but occasionally we got chapters about Finn in the third person. Those chapters are what made me really like Finn. And his motorcycle. I really liked his motorcycle.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! For only $2.99 on the Kindle, this book is definitely worth it.


3 stars

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About the Author

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

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.

5 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back

      1. Exactly. Such a hot mess. I can’t imagine my mom ever just suddenly telling me she’s getting married and we’re moving out of nowhere. Willa never even met Mia up to that point. So crazy!

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