When It’s Real by Erin Watt
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of When It’s Real for an honest review.
When It’s Real is a cute romance about a girl next door and a pop star who both have preconceived notions about the other based on past experiences. With the whole world weighing in on their relationship and so many things working against them from the start it was almost doomed from the beginning but both of them needs it for their own reasons. This book definitely had all the highs and lows you could want in a dramatic contemporary young-adult romance.
Oakley has been the bad-boy pop star and now his reputation is finally catching up to him. He has sold so many albums and has millions of fans but now that he is getting older they are expecting him to grow with them. The bad-boy antics are getting old. His PR team decides he needs a girlfriend that is wholesome and can help repair his image. They think it is better if it is just a business relationship so that they can keep it from hurting him any worse and get what they need out of it. Paisley works at the company and has a younger sister who they think would be a perfect candidate.
Vaughn is told by her sister Paisley about an incredible opportunity. It could help her brothers with their college fund and lighten the loud for Paisley since she has taken on so much since their parents have died. There is just one problem, Vaughn already has a boyfriend and she doesn’t want to ruin their relationship. She tells Paisley that if she can make W, her boyfriend understand, then she will do it.
Oakley and Vaughn soon start in on a delicate PR game that could have consequences for both of them.
Will Oakley and Vaughn be able to keep their relationship just business? Has Oakley learned from his bad-boy ways or is it just a matter of time till he relapses? You have to read this book to find out.
When It’s Real is a fun addicting page turner. It is a standalone but I am hoping that maybe the author duo will do a story with Paisley and Ty. I would definitely recommend this book and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
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.