Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: When It's Real by Erin Watt

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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?

 What I thought about When It's Real

Oakley Ford needs a new image if he wants to work with the producer that could take him to a new level. When his handlers see a picture of Vaughn Bennett, she seems like the perfect girl to clean up his bad boy reputation.

Money is a powerful motivator and Vaughn decides to go along with the plan. She becomes almost as managed as Oakley, plus she has to actually spend time with the rockstar's humongous ego.  Things start out a bit rocky between Vaughn and Oakley, but as they get to know each other, things change between them.

There aren't many twists in this story, but it didn't matter.  It was the gradual development of the relationship between Vaughn and Oakley that had me loving both of these characters, which was a feat in itself, since Oakley reminded me of an actual pop star I'm not fond of.  But by the end of When It's Real, I really had a good old fashioned crush on Oakley myself.  When everything falls to pieces for Oak and Vaughn, I felt it.  My only complaint was that the ending was a bit abrupt, but I loved it and what it represented regarding this two young adults.

When It's Real is a very sweet new adult title with a very cute and satisfying (fr)enemies-to-lovers romance that kept my interest. It left me with a smile on my face, and that is a very good thing.

An ARC was provided for review.

About the Authors

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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