Review: How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts, #2; Willa and Finn #1)
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 was an okay book, but I wasn't aware it was a series, so I was expecting a fully concluded cute story and instead I just got some kind of annoyingly unconclusive cliffhanger. It wasn't even a cliffhanger, even, it was just an abrupt ending that made me sort of go "oh... that's it?!". 

That being said, I did get through How Willa Got Her Groove Back. There wasn't a whole lot of characterisation, which was kind of annoying because I didn't connect to anyone in the book. Willa is the main character and Finn is the love interest, then there are other characters like Mia and Willa's Dad and friends that keep popping in and out when it was convenient, but the relationship dynamics are never really built up for anyone but Willa, Finn and her Dad, at the end. There was potential for some deep, meaningful storylines with Finn's background and Willa's friends, but they were ignored for a pretty flat relationship between Willa and Finn.

It was insta-love, based mostly on looks and, on Finn's part, an attraction that he can't explain. There could have been much more development but it all just felt very 2-dimensional to me, flat and undeveloped.

I guess I just wanted more. It was an okay read, if you want something kind of brain dead and lacking substance, but I'm not sure if I will really feel motivated to read any subsequent books in this series.

Overall Rating: C-

Book released 22nd February 2016 by Entangled Crush
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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