When It’s Real by Erin Watt

May 27, 2017 Review 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
When It’s Real by Erin WattWhen It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…

Reviewed by Joanne

*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*

I loved The Royals by Erin Watt, so when I saw that they were writing a new story, with new characters, I was intrigued. Would it be just as good? Or was the series a one hit wonder? Well, after finishing this story I have to say, definitely not the latter.

First things first – Oakley Ford. At first I found him quite childish, acting like a brat, and it took a while for me to warm to him. He has spent the last few years living it up, partying hard and answering to no one. I had a hard time picturing him as anyone else but Justin Bieber, which was really hard for me, because I can’t stand that guy. In order to fall for Oakley, I needed some other visual inspirations, so I put myself in Vaughn’s shoes and thought back to when I was 17. If I had had the chance to meet the heartthrob I had idolised at 15, who would that be? And then boom! Oakley was transformed into Joey McIntyre from New Kids On The Block, and it was all systems go!

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So, onto Vaughn. At 17, she has had enough heartache to last a lifetime, and is pretty mature for her age because of that. She wants to see the best in people, but finds that pretty hard when she first meets Oakley. Any nerves she had over her former teen idol are soon calmed when he turns out to be a complete knob head, and she starts to wonder what she has signed on for.

Oakley has never had a ‘normal’ life. Right from the very beginning he grew up in the spotlight, being the only child of a famous Hollywood duo, then hit stardom at a young age as a singer. He has only ever known hangers on and people interested in his fame, and what he can do for them. So when Vaughn comes along, she’s a breath of fresh air.. She isn’t impressed by his status, she isn’t interested in the fame, and she isn’t even part of the deal to benefit herself, she’s doing it for her family. I liked how they challenged each other, and I loved how things slowly develop between the two of them, going from barely tolerating each other to friends, then to something more.

I really enjoyed this story, it was a light, easy read and I managed it in one sitting. If you’re looking for a book that’s sweet, with just a tiny bit of angst, and no cliffhanger then this is the one for you.

 

About Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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