When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 Timesbestselling 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…
READ THIS BOOK, PEOPLE!
Seriously, read it.
The duo that makes up Erin Watt is back with another unbelievably addicting book. In When It’s Real, Vaughn Bennett becomes pop star Oakley Ford’s fake girlfriend. Vaughn isn’t exactly thrilled with the situation. Oakley’s cocky attitude and bad boy ways aren’t exactly her idea of fun, but the money she’s making is worth it.
Oakley Ford’s used to getting what he wants when he wants. People jump to his needs and wishes, and yet there’s something his fame and fortune aren’t getting him. Oakley needs to make a new record, but his inspiration has run dry. To make matters worse, his partying ways have his management hiring him a “normal” girlfriend.
Neither Vaughn or Oakley is thrilled with their fake relationship, but both know it will give them what they need. What neither of them counted on was the connection their fake relationship would build between them. They’re trying to fool the fans and the paparazzi, but they may also be fooling themselves.
When It’s Real is one of my most favorite fake relationship stories ever. This book was everything I expected it to be and, because it was written by Erin Watt, more. The writing was fantastic. It was super fast-paced, while also moving appropriately in time. The characters stole my heart. Their dual point of views were filled with just the right amount of emotion and personality. When It’s Real had so many great little surprises in store for the reader. I’m not going to go into too much depth in this review because of that. It’s definitely a book one has to experience for him/herself. All you need to know is that I absolutely positively adored this slow-burn romance.
When It’s Real sucked me in from the beginning, and didn’t let go of me even when the book ended. I keep trying to come up with ways the author could continue the When It’s Real world. It needs to be a series. There definitely needs to be a book for Paisley. Maybe an April Showers book? Or one for the twins when they get older? Please, Erin Watt! Give us more!!!
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