Why I read it
I was hooked on Erin Watt since before their identities were revealed, and devour everything they publish!
What I rated it
What it’s about
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…
What can I say about Erin Watt that I haven’t already said? I LOVE them! Erin Watt is DOMINATING the Young Adult Romance genre right now! When it’s Real was a great follow-up to the Royal series.
Do you remember when you were a young girl, fantasizing that your favorite pop star was going to show up at your door, profess his undying love for you, and then you’d live happily ever after in your mansion by the sea, taking week long Mediterranean cruises on his private yacht? No? That was just me then? Well, in When it’s Real, I felt like one of my childhood fantasies was coming true! (Substitute Oakley for Justin Timberlake, of course.) But as with any Erin Watt series, there is always a twist…
I was sucked in from the first page, and found myself chuckling out loud at a few parts. I spent most of the day, and it was the weekend I was supposed to be moving, sneaking in parts of the book on my phone, because I couldn’t get the story out of my head! I needed to see what would happen next!
Oakley stole my heart. While he had a hard exterior, he had a soft core, and I loved when he exposed that side of him. Vaughn has led a hard life the last few years, and I definitely admired her strength. The chemistry was real between the two, and I loved the antagonistic relationship between the two. The relationship was relatable (except the whole celebrity piece of it) and realistic. Some times, you want a good “love at first sight” type of story, but there is something magical and relatable about a slow burn romance, one that follows realistic timelines. Put those two pieces together, and you can see two of the many reasons I loved this book!
The storyline was multi-dimensional, with many of the secondary characters having an integral part of the storyline, and their relationships with the main characters were complicated. During the book, you can see these relationships evolve and grow, and I was just as anxious to see what direction those relationships would as the main characters!
Overall, I really liked this story, and I hope they continue this on as a series, featuring other characters!