How Willa Got Her Groove Back

How Willa Got Her Groove Back

by Emily McKay

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ISBN-13: 9781633754812
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/22/2016
Series: Creative HeArts , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 222,223
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

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. She lives in central Texas with her husband, kids, two mildly-psychotic dogs, a three-legged cat and eleven chickens.

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How Willa Got Her Groove Back


By Emily McKay, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Emily McKay
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-481-2


CHAPTER 1

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl who chooses to spend Friday night with her father must be in want of a social life.

Absolute truth ... except I've really missed my dad.

My phone beeps with a text. I hope it might be from him with an ETA, but my hands are covered in flour. I glance down at my phone and only glimpse a text from Mariely.

Mariely: Don't b lame. Come 2 the party

It disappears before I can use my elbow to swipe the screen on. Instead, I quickly cut out the last three biscuits and drop them on the pan before washing off my hands and unlocking my phone. I click through to Mariely's text as I slide the pan into the oven.

Me: Nope. U know the drill. Dad home=superspecial reunion dinner

Mariely: But Damien will be there

Damien Northwood is my big crush — the love of my life, though he doesn't know it yet — and it's cruel of Mariely to dangle him as bait when she knows I can't nibble. I sigh as I type out my response.

Me: Now u r just being mean

Mariely: I do what I can :)

We text for a few minutes about what she's planning to wear, and by the time Mariely and Jacen, her boyfriend, head out to grab food before the party, my biscuits are out of the oven. They're golden brown and stunningly beautiful.

You know, for food.

I don't bake much, but biscuits and sawmill gravy are a staple at our house. Dad is a vegetarian. Even though it's a pain in the ass to find decent vegan breakfast sausage, it's my dad's favorite meal. He's a cinematographer and it's our tradition whenever he gets back in town from working on a movie.

The vegan sausage is browned and I'm just about to pour in the flour when I hear Dad at the door. I dust off my hands, walk out into the hall, and stand by the stairs, propping my shoulder against the railing and smiling as I watch him cart bags and equipment over the threshold and set them down just inside the door. Dad is all height, lean muscles, and hard angles. Though he's got that gruff taciturn thing down, the truth is, on the inside, he's a big ol' geek. He's like Leonard from Big Bang trapped in the body of Keanu Reeves.

Most people only see the tough-guy act, but I see through that, because we get each other.

Which is why I know, when he looks up and notices me standing here, he's going to comment on three things. First — the smell of baking biscuits. That's always first. Second — the new industrial earring in my right ear. Third — the crimson streak in my hair. And then, we'll talk about all the shit that's been bothering me, and all my stress about my creative writing project and my college apps will fade away, because, like I said, we get each other.

Finally, Dad gets his gear in the house and looks up. "Hey, kiddo."

Except, instead of his noticing the new industrial earring or the hair streak or even the biscuits, I just get a quick hug. When he pulls back, he says, "How 'bout tonight, we do something really special? I want to take my best girl out."

Stunned, I fumble for words. "B-But I made —"

Before I can get the word "biscuits" out of my mouth, Dad is bounding up the stairs to his room. "I made reservations for us at Blink. I'm going to grab a quick shower." He pauses halfway up the stairs to shoot me a grin. "Get your best dress on, and I'll meet you at the door in fifteen minutes."

He's up the stairs and out of sight before I can protest. I stand there in the hall for a second, staring around from the equipment by the door to the stairs to the kitchen where my biscuits are already getting cold.

"I don't own a dress!" I yell at him, but he doesn't hear me. The shower is already running.


By the time Dad pulls the Prius up to the valet stand in front of Blink, I am 85 percent certain he's dying.

I mean, something is clearly wrong. Why else would he not notice my new earring or the hair streak? Why else would he bug out on our Superspecial Reunion Dinner?

And it's clearly something bad. Like cancer. Something that affects his mood and personality. Like a brain tumor.

He whistles as we get out of the car.

Maybe it's early-onset dementia. Yeah. That sounds right. Because in the three months he was away, Dad seems to have forgotten every detail of our lives together.

Details like the fact that we don't — ever — eat at places like Blink. We're just not Blink people. We're food truck people. Takeout people. Pizza at home people.

Blink is one of those preposterously hip places tucked into a basement downtown that's owned by a former winner of Top Chef and serves exquisite food in minuscule portions. It's got a hip, speakeasy vibe to match its celebrity investors. It's the kind of place you need to make reservations for weeks in advance. Reservations we obviously don't have.

Except that the hostess seems to be expecting us. Instead of seating us at one of the tables, she leads us all the way into the restaurant, through a pair of doors, and to a private room. Though the room is easily big enough to seat ten or more, a single table with four place settings sits in the center.

There's a waiter in the corner, and he hurries over to pull out a chair for me.

"I'm Theodore," he says with a flourish and a wink. "I'm just so excited to be your waiter this evening."

I don't take the wink personally because I seem decidedly not his type, but he distracts me long enough that when I turn around, Dad is whispering something to the hostess.

By the time Dad joins me, I'm over the cloak-and-dagger mysteriousness. "What is up?" I ask. "Why are we here? Who are we meeting? Are you ... dying or something?"

I try to make that sound like a joke, but it falls flat.

"No. Nothing like that." Dad laughs and ducks his head, like he's embarrassed. "Here's the deal. I met someone. I want you to meet her. I really want it to go well."

"Met someone?" I ask, dumbfounded. I sit up straighter. "Was it through the Match.com profile I set up for you?"

"No, I met her on set. Actually —"

"Oh." I try not to sound disappointed. I want more for my dad than an on-set romance.

I know he's had those before — I'm not naive — but they never last. I'm going off to college in a year. I want him settled and happy before then.

Still, if he's met someone, that's progress. "Tell me about her."

"I really want you to like her."

"I'm sure I will," I reassure him, ignoring the sense of dread I feel when I glance around the private room. Dad is obviously trying to impress her. People do that when they're dating someone new, right?

Dad and I have always been so close, he's never kept anything from me before, certainly not anything like this. "If it's serious, why didn't you tell me about her sooner?"

"I wanted to. Believe me. But we had to be sure. In fact, I've already asked —"

Before he finishes, the door opens and he breaks off. Not the door from the main restaurant, but the door from the kitchen. Dad stands, rounds the table, and walks over to her.

I start to stand, but then sort of freeze, because it's all I can do to just stare at the woman who walks in.

Suddenly, several things make perfect sense. My dad's nerves. Why he kept this from me for so long. Why we're sitting alone in this back room. Why we're at the trendiest restaurant in Austin.

Dad isn't dating some production assistant or make-up artist. He's dating Mia McCain, one of the most famous actresses in the world. A woman as well known for her beauty and her love life as she is for the Oscar noms.

Because of my dad's job, I've seen a lot of movie stars in person. Up close, most of them aren't as pretty as they are onscreen. Some look downright weird. Out of proportion almost.

Not Mia. If possible, she's even more beautiful.

I grew up watching Mia's movies. She's one of those rare actresses who have transitioned from America's Sweetheart status into a serious actress. She's got range, sass, and oodles of presence, but it's her effervescent beauty that everyone remembers. Still, she holds my attention only for a second, because when I glance at Dad, his expression makes my breath catch.

That's when I know. That sentence that got caught off? I've already asked ...

He isn't merely dating Mia. He's in love with her.

He's not only in love with her. He's asked her to marry him.

In movies, when something traumatic happens, the action slips into slo-mo. That way the audience sees the deadly accuracy of the villain's shot. We hear the tortured "Nooooooo!" and the faint death rattle of the sacrificial character's last breath. A pretty nifty trick, right?

That's what I'm waiting for as Mia McCain walks up to the table. I'm waiting for time to slow down so that I can process what I'm seeing. So that my shock can give way to logic.

But time doesn't slow down. No one even pauses.

The waiter steps forward to pull out a chair for her, even though she's not ready for it yet. So far, Mia has eyes only for Dad.

She wraps her arms around Dad's shoulders as she rises up on her toes to plant a movie-worthy kiss on his lips. It's a long minute before she pulls away from him, and when she finally does, they both blush so that I can't help feeling like I've seen something I wasn't meant to see.

The waiter must not feel the same, because I swear I see him tucking his phone back in his pocket, like maybe he snapped a shot of them kissing.

I'm tempted to call him on it, but before I can, Mia says, "You must be Willa. I've heard so much about you!"

"You're getting married, aren't you?" I blurt out. I don't know why I say it, why I force the issue when the truth is, I don't want the answer.

For an instant, they both look shocked. Then, Mia tips back her head and laughs. That laugh. That infectious, magical laugh that made her a superstar fifteen years ago.

"Oh Matty, isn't she clever?" She sounds surprised as she drapes her hand possessively on his arm.

Now I'm shocked. Matty? She calls my dad Matty?

Inappropriate pet names are exactly the sort of oddity that Dad and I once would have laughed over. Now, I feel as though they're in on the joke, and I'm hopelessly outside of it.

Mia must sense my unease, because she leaves my dad's side and walks over to me, palms stretched out. She grabs both of my hands and gives them a maternal squeeze as she looks me up and down. "You are just as pretty as your dad said you were."

I nearly wretch, because suddenly, everything seems off. Everything in the world.

Like I've stepped through the looking glass and everything around me is distorted and grotesque. None of this is real. None of this is actually happening. My father would never start dating again without even telling me.

Not that I expect to be the center of my dad's every thought and conversation — not at all — but this isn't dinner and a movie we're talking about. This is marriage.

Mia makes only the slightest move toward one of the chairs, and the waiter scurries over to hold it out again.

However, before she can sit, he asks, "Ms. McCain, would you mind if I got a picture with you?"

"Of course. Matty, do you mind?"

I sit back down, my stomach churning as my dad — Oscar-nominated cinematographer — snaps photos with this stranger's smartphone. Apparently, I'm the only one who realizes how demeaning this is.

On the bright side, after the picture, the guy rattles off the daily specials — something about free-range lamb and locally sourced chicken — and then leaves us alone. Of course, the downside to that is that he leaves us. Alone.

So here I am, sitting next to one of my favorite actresses. I should be thrilled, right? I love Mia's movies. Plus, I've been encouraging my dad to start dating again for the past six years. This should be a win-win situation. I should love this.

I should not be upset about the fact that actresses are not Dad's type. Especially an actress who has had such a turbulent love life. She's been married more than once. She's been in and out of relationships with dozens of Hollywood's hottest men. When it comes to love, she's like an Olympic swimmer. And Dad still has on his water wings.

I know the kind of woman my dad needs. Someone steady. Grounded. Someone who is comfortable eating pizza in front of the TV and watching old movies. He does not need another gorgeous, flaky woman who is destined to break his heart.

"Does that sound good to you, Willa?" Dad asks.

I realize abruptly that Dad and Mia are talking and I've been too wrapped up in my own thoughts to listen. "Sure. Of course." Then, because they're looking at me like they expect me to say more, I add, "I'll have the chicken."

Dad stares blankly at me like I just suggested joining the Nazi party, but Mia laughs. "Chicken!" she says, like it's the punchline to a joke. Obviously, whatever they were talking about, it wasn't dinner. "Chicken is always a good idea. Let's all have the chicken." She turns in her seat to gesture toward the waiter and he scurries over to take our order.

"Shouldn't we wait just a few more minutes?" Dad asks.

Mia glances at her watch and sighs, a hint of a frown dancing around her lips. "Yes, I suppose you're right." Then to the waiter, she says, "Sparkling water for the table."

Before I can tell the waiter that I'd prefer tap water, Dad's phone rings.

He glances down at it and groans. "It's Hardwick." Mia groans, too. "I need to take this. I'll be right back."

Mia stands when he does and places her hand on his arm. "Do you think he needs me, too?"

I barely resist rolling my eyes. Hardwick is the director of the movie they just wrapped. While it's totally believable to me that he would need to talk to Dad three days after wrapping filming — that kind of thing is normal for the cinematographer — why would he need to talk to the star?

But Dad doesn't seem to think this question is as ridiculous as I do. He gives her a grateful smile and says, "I'll come get you if I need you."

I watch him as he leaves, wanting to beg him not to leave me alone with her. What the hell am I supposed to say to Entertainment Weekly's tenth-most-powerful woman in Hollywood?

Mia doesn't give me a chance to say much. She reaches across the table and takes my hand in hers before I can snatch it away. "I can't tell you how excited I am to meet you. You and I are going to have so much fun together! I can't wait to take you shopping!" Her gaze flickers to my nails. "And we can get mani-pedis together! I've always wanted a daughter!"

And that's it. Right there. The moment I explode inside.

Because I am not Mia McCain's daughter.

The last thing I need is another mother.

Suddenly, all of it is too much. Just too much.

How could my dad think this is okay? Siccing a stepmother on me without any warning? A famous stepmother?

He and I are supposed to be a team. That's the deal. That's been the deal ever since Mom. He and I stick together. Even when we don't spend time together because of his job, we stay in touch. What was the point of me calling to check in with him and us texting every day if he had this going on and never even hinted at it?

It's like the past seven years of my life mean nothing.

Before I can vomit all over Mia McCain, the waiter returns and slides a goblet of Perrier in front of me.

"Sparkling water. Just like you ordered." He glances at Mia, like he needs her to confirm that he got my order right. "Isn't that what you wanted?"

No. This isn't what I wanted. Not at all.

I wanted my dad to date. I wanted him to find someone stable, not some flighty actress. I wanted him to be with someone who was in it for the long haul, not someone who's left a string of husbands and broken hearts all over Hollywood.

Suddenly, my throat constricts and I can feel the tears prickling at the back of my eyes and humiliation prickling at my soul.

I hate crying in public, and I won't cry in front of Mia. I just can't.

I shove my chair back from the table. "I have to go."

"To the bathroom?" Mia gives her confused head tilt.

A giggle bubbles out of my throat, partly because Mia's question is perfectly reasonable but still so far off base. Also, it's just so weird sitting here across from her. I know every expression that flickers across her. I've seen it in a dozen movies. I know it better than I know my mother's.


(Continues...)

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EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Willa is excited for her senior year in high school. Everything will go as she planned, and it will be amazing. But then her father returns from a business trip and shocks her with the news—he is getting remarried. It isn’t that she isn’t happy for him; she has, after all, tried to get him to date again after her mother’s death. It’s that he didn’t even tell her he was dating at all, and now he’s marring this uber-famous actress with an annoying, hot son Willa’s age. All of that put together means Willa’s life is turned irreparably upside-down. How Willa Got Her Groove Back is a high school romance featuring snarky Willa and her soon-to-be step-brother and arch nemesis, Finn McCain. Sparks fly the moment the two of them meet, which will only make it harder when the have to attend the same school and live together. Because Willa’s dad is strongly against them starting a relationship. But despite the sparks and parent involvement, Willa and Finn can’t seem to figure each other out. Finn is hiding a big secret, and Willa is going crazy about the whole situation. The book was very well-written and captured me from the first page. The characters are memorable, realistic, and fun to read about. And I can’t help but wish they would be able to start a romance, though I can’t imagine how they would be able to make it work, parent-objections considered. Willa was hilarious, but sometimes her whining annoyed me. She was so frustrated with the situation that she took it out on the people she cared about. Though to be fair, I agree with Finn that her father wasn’t helping the situation very much. Still, I loved both of the characters very much, mistakes and all. The settings were amazing, and the media made everything more dramatic, in a good way. I’m glad I don’t have to wait to read book two. There are some minor content warnings: swearing, a little kissing, and sexual innuendos. To my uber-conservative friends, I will also mention that there was a gay character, underage drinking, and an unmarried couple living together. But none of those things bothered me in the least… I enjoyed reading this book very much and would recommend it to teens who enjoy contemporary chick flicks. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are expressly my own.
KaylsKrazyObsession More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way. Cover: The cover isn't very interesting. It's kinda blah, if I'm being completely honest. I wish they would have showed Finn or Damien even. Sorry but with books containing hot guys, I like to see them on the cover. This would have been perfect to add some eye-candy to my shelf, but instead I get the white vans. (TBH I hate that meme.) I do like the little quote on the front though. It makes me interested and even though I just finished it, I want to read it again. All because of that one line grabber. Characters: So many characters that have such personalities! I have strong opinions on so many, but I'll try to keep it down to a few. Okay, Willa was dumb. Whenever she miss judged Finn, I just wanted to slap her. She could be so rude! Especially to Mia! Like I get you are not for this marriage and all, but Mia is a person to. Just because she's famous doesn't mean she isn't a human being with feelings. Willa's big, blurty mouth just got on my nerves. Finn was hot. Just saying. I could never get a clear picture of Finn. I couldn't picture him in my head. It's weird because any other hot guy in books I can picture, just not him. I wish he would get over himself and let people in. Speak your mind, dude! So many problems could've been resolved if he didn't hide his true thoughts and feelings. I hold sympathy for Mia. Yes, she's famous and has dated a lot of guys but she is still a sentient. I just wish people would've been nicer towards her. Plot: OMG THE FEELS! My emotions were all over the place while reading How Willa Got Her Groove Back. I couldn't handle it. It was so well-written that I could just picture everything that was happening and these characters and their lives seemed real to me. I rooted for them no matter what! I always love reading books about famous people. I find them interesting because generally the people that write them aren't famous, so it's cool seeing another person's perspective. Ending: NO! I cannot wait until November for more! My emotions aren't fully back after that. Okay, I wish certain people would have gotten together, but I guess there's more room for a sequel. I have so many questions left unanswered! Overall: How Willa Got Her Groove back was a fantastic read! If you want to grow attached to a great new bunch of characters, read this book. You're feelings will not be able to handle it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read! Honestly, I am such a sucker for P&P retellings, and this is a clever one. But sadly, not the whole story--it's to be continued in book 2 in the "Willa and Finn" series (which I did not know going in...and I was pretty concerned as I neared the end, wondering how everything was going to be resolved in what was left in the book. I'm very glad it didn't get a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am ending, even if I do have to wait until November...) I adored Willa. She's snarky and fun, wants to be a writer, thinks of herself as a "Damien (the guy she's crushing on) anthropologist" (because she watches him from a distance, not interacting with him out of fear of scaring him off, LOL) and loves The Lizzie Bennett Diaries! What's not to love? I highlighted so many of her internal dialogues, just because they made me snort laugh: Oh, wait? Am I supposed to be able to form sentences again? Like, functional conversation and stuff? (After "Hot Biker Guy" holds her hand, introduces himself, and gazes into her eyes.) "Mia said you practically fled the restaurant." "Huh. 'Fled' sounds a little judgy. I prefer the phrase 'moved with stealth and dignity.'" (She totally fled.) His eyes are blue. Oh, I can't actually see the color of his eyes. It's too dark for that. But his eyes are definitely blue. Guys like this always have blue eyes. The better to pierce our souls with. (Preach it, sister!) Seriously, we're like kindred spirits. Ms. McKay uses a first person POV for Willa and third person for Finn, which makes us feel closer to Willa. We're privy to all of her innermost thoughts and feelings, snark and insecurity and all, whereas Finn still manages to keep a few secrets...though of course we know a few of his secrets as well. Growing up the son of "America's Sweetheart" isn't easy, and the poor guy hides so much behind his cool facade that I just wanted to give him a hug half the time. Okay, maybe slightly more than half--and especially hard at the end. :) Finn and Willa have way more in common than either of them know (including that pesky attraction to each other!)...though hopefully that will change in the next book. Out in November. (Sigh) Can't wait! :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** I'm a big contemporary fan as of the last year, so I knew that I would definitely love How Willa Got Her Groove Back. The story follows a girl named Willa whose father works in the movie business. When he comes back from filming one movie in particular, he decides to bring Willa out to dinner only to drop a bomb on her: he's getting married to the starlet of the last movie that he helped with. Not only that, but the fiancee also has a son named Finn who will be living with them. Plus, they may all have to move into a new house that's much bigger and in a spot where the paparazzi can't easily get to them. I really felt for Willa. I don't know how I'd respond if I was in a situation like she was! I'd probably make a run for it, just like she did. She handled the situation a little better after that, though. Probably better than I would. At the same time, it was pretty cool that her father was marrying a celebrity, even if she was known for her many marriages in the past. Finn was a pretty cool character. I mean, the name Finn has always been one of my favorites, so how could I not like him? I felt a little upset with him though because he was trying to get Willa to be okay with the marriage just so he could get millions of dollars from his trust fund. That was kind of a dirty thing to do, in my opinion. But I guess it would get his mother off his back and out of his life, which he kind of wanted. I definitely can't wait to read more in this series! If you've not read the first book, you can still read this one because it's more of a companion, which is great! I suggest checking it out if you love contemporaries!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 2 in the Creative HeArts series. It can be read as a standalone novel. This book and the others will make more sense and give more reader enjoyment and understanding, should you choose to read them in the order intended. Willa gets her father back only to find out he has been secretly dating a starlet. Then he is getting married? And she gets a lying hottie for a stepbrother to go with it. Willa cannot decide if she is happy for her dad, or bummed out that everything is changing in her life and not a single thing is for her! Now she has two boys attention and she is not sure she wants it. What is a girl to do? Senior year is supposed to go smoothly, right? Well Willa has so much going on in a book just full of surprises and twists on every corner. I think this was a great part of the series and cannot wait for the next book. ***This ARC was given by Netgally.com and its publisher, in return for an honest review.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) “Your life is different now,” he said. “Forever.” This was an okay story about a girl whose father get engaged to a movie star. I could see why Willa was so bent out of shape in this book, as it did seem like her father was rushing into this new marriage, and even letting his own beliefs shift a bit to compensate for the new woman in his life. I think she could have maybe sat down with him and talked to him though, and even maybe given the new wife a chance. The storyline in this was mainly Willa moaning about the new wife, and there wasn’t much romance at all which was a real shame. I felt like this possible attraction between Willa and Finn could have been explored a lot more, and instead absolutely nothing happened on the romance front at all. The ending to this was quite surprising because I didn’t realise that we wouldn’t get an end to the story, and that the story would continue on in another book. I really hope that the sequel has some romance in it though! 6 out of 10
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
This is a cute young adult story that is really good for any age with the usual teen angst and the added family drama twist but is really well written unfortunately there isn't really an ending in this one its more like the first episode of the story with the next one coming out in the fall of 2016
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
Ok, I have to admit, I was so not prepared for this one to have a continuation!! I thought it was a standalone and we would get our so expected HEA but Nope!! Just be prepared. This one ends suddenly and leaves you asking what just happened!! Willa is a young lady in her senior year and has had to deal with a lot in her life. When her mom passes away, Willa is left to live with her father and they develop a very strong relationship. Her dad is a photographer that travels quiet a bit so Willa knows how to be independent and take care of herself. Willa is glad that her dad is on his way back for a visit so she makes him his favorite vegetarian meal and is excited to spend some time with him. When her dad gets home though, he throws her for a loop and tells her that he is taking her to a famous place to have dinner. Willa has no idea what is going on and when they get there, Willa sees that one of the famous movie stars that her father has been working with is there as well. Willa begins to put the pieces together and is not happy about what she thinks is happening. When they confirm her suspicions, Willa doesn't know what else to do but run away. When she gets to the outside of the building, she has no idea what she is going to do. That is when Willa meets Finn. Does Willa know who Finn really is?? Nope, she just goes for a ride with him anyway. When Finn gives Willa a ride to this park she likes to go to and look at the graffiti that everyone does there, he has no idea that he is about to find out what his mom has planned for their future. Yep, Finn is Mia's son and now Finn and Willa are going to be step-brother and step-sister. Crazy right? Especially since Willa thought that there might be some potential there for some sparks to fly between them. Willa still has no clue that Finn is who he is until her dad hunts her down and she pieces it all together about how her dad knew where she was. Willa gives Mia a second chance and they have brunch at their place the next day, but Willa is so not happy with what is going on. Willa can't understand how her dad can give up certain things that he and Willa have had together for years in just a few short weeks because he wants to be with Mia. So, what is going to happen between Will and Finn now that they are going to be step-brother and step-sister? Will anything? You need to read this one to find out. But....be prepared that you will not get the ending. This one continues! I thought that Emily McKay did a very good job with this one and gave us some insight into how life is when you are a movie star and when you are all the sudden thrown into that sort of lifestyle as a young lady as well. The hike in social media like was just one of the things that stood out to me! Thanks for a great read and I can't wait to get the next book with Willa and Finn!
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I love Willa. She’s intelligent and doesn’t know how to adjust to what her new life is going to be. She thought she shared everything with her father, but this new surprise shows just how much she doesn’t know. My heart broke for her when this news is just sprung on her. She deals with it well enough considering the level of famous her dad’s fiancee is. Finn is totally hot, but maybe not all what he seems to be. He hides behind his mask, and you never know if what he’s doing is real or for show. He has so many walls up it’ll be hard to tear them down. There are definitely sweet moments, but then he acts like a selfish punk, and you get frustrated again. I love the way these two interact with each other. They fight attraction, and throw words back and forth. And what Finn does for Willa….. swoon! This is a great series, and I can’t wait to read more about these students in Austin.