REVIEW – WHEN IT’S REAL by Erin Watt

SYNOPSIS

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?

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 Sparkling Stars*****

A rockstar romance written by the wonderful pen of Erin Watt. Funny, complicated and totally dazzling. Prepare to be transported to a wonderful world of music, love and second chances.

Oakley Ford is a teen pop sensation, loved by all, the guy can have anything and anyone he wants. He hasn’t been able to put a new record out in the last two years, he hasn’t been able to find his true voice, there’s is much he wants to share with the world through his music, but he doesn’t know how. The problem is that he has been looking in all the wrong places. Excessive partying and quick and meaningless relationships have given him nothing but exhaustion. His record label has started to notice a decline in his numbers and they are pressuring him to get his act together, stop with the wild parties and get back into the studio to cut a new record that will keep him at the top of the charts.

Since Oakley is not able to find a solution to his problem, his manager has come up with the idea to find him a wholesome girl that he can fake date, and that way they will at least fix the party boy image in the public eye, and perhaps help him calm down a bit. The chosen girl is Vaughn Bennett, a seventeen-year-old high school graduate, who is taking a year off from college so she can help her family’s financial situation.

Vaughn lost both her parents two years ago in a car accident. Her older sister has been in charge of taking care of her and her younger twin brothers, working hard to provide for them. Vaughn has been lost ever since her parents died, she doesn’t have any clear direction for the future. When the opportunity to make a lot of money by dating the gorgeous heartthrob Oakley Ford for a year is presented to her, she hesitates at first but the future of her siblings is the most important thing to Vaughn, so she accepts.

Vaughn and Oakley couldn’t possibly be any more opposite from each other. While he grew up with money and everything he could ever wish for, Vaughn has always had to learn to work hard for life’s essentials. But one thing Vaughn has that Oakley doesn’t and he can’t ever buy; is the love of family. The more they fight, the more they are attracted to each other, and as it turns out there is a deep understanding between them. They seem to be the missing piece to the puzzle that is their life. They fall in love organically and it is such a beautiful romance, but can their love survive the differences of their worlds?

When It’s Real is one of those books that grabs your heart tightly from the moment you start reading it. The plot was bold and deeply beautiful and even though there are a million rockstar books out there, this one is definitely one you won’t ever forget.

 

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I don’t know when that happened, but somewhere along the line Vaughn went from the girl I was forced to have on my arm to the girl I want to have in my life.

 

 

Erin Watt fans prepare to fall head over heels in love with their latest collaborative masterpiece! These two authors have struck gold again with WHEN IT’S REAL. I am not particularly a huge fan of YA but when it’s done right even I can’t deny how enjoyable these romances can be. This enemies to lovers story between America’s #1 Pop Idol and a regular girl with absolutely no ties to the celebrity world was pure unadulterated fun for this particular reader.

Oakley Ford is going through a rough patch in his life. It’s been two years since he’s released an album and his creative juices haven’t been flowing. Lately, he’s been indulging in liquor and women and his bad boy antics have been providing enough fodder for the sleazy tabloids. Oakley desperately wants to work with one of the industry’s most sought after producers but his current reputation makes him an undesirable prospect. His manager is forcing him to get his act together and to do away with his bad boy behavior. The plan is to romantically link Oak to a down to earth girl who doesn’t have ties to the industry. He sees a picture of one of his employee’s sister on her desk and decides this girl is the key to boosting Oak’s image again.

 

 

 

Vaughn Bennett is a seventeen-year-old girl who was forced to grow up sooner than most teenagers when both of her parents were killed in a car accident. She graduated from High School a year early so that she could start working to help her older sister take care of their family which consists of their younger twin brothers, Vaughn, and her sister Paisley. When she is approached by Oakley’s management team with the proposal to become his girlfriend for a year and that it comes with a rather large salary, there is no way she can turn it down knowing that it would help to take care of her family.

Vaughn and Oakley’s first meeting is anything but cordial and neither make a really good first impression on each other. Oakley comes off as being narcissistic and condescending, while Vaughn seems to be headstrong and a bit of a spitfire. She actually intrigues Vaughn because for the first time he meets a girl who isn’t falling all over herself to be near him. While Vaughn thinks Oakley is a conceited jerk, she also used to have a huge crush on him and can’t seem to stop her stupid hormones from going haywire whenever he sings or gives her a smoldering look.

 

 

While both Oak and Vaughn start to feel something more for each other, the tiny doubt in the back of their minds that what they have is still “fake” keeps them from taking the risk and confessing what is truly in their hearts. When they finally take the plunge and give in to their feelings for the first time in their lives they’re feeling what could possibly be true love but can these two make it work when there are countless of people who would rather see them fall apart?

WHEN IT’S REAL is currently available! It’s a definite must-read!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 He’s Worth Everything Stars!

 

Oakley Ford is a gorgeous 19 yr. old teen rock star living in LA. He’s the child of famous movie stars & has always been in the public eye. He’s been a young celebrity since he signed his first contract at the age of 14. Lately, the tabloids keep exploiting all his wild nights & partying, and his image has taken a hit. He just wants to make music he loves, & recently it all seems to fall flat. He’s experiencing a creative block, & hasn’t recorded anything decent since his last album a couple years ago. He’s had unreal success but doesn’t want to become a washed up pop star.

He’s trying to turn over a new leaf, & wants to be taken seriously. His dream is to work with his favorite music producer. His team decides it’s time for an intervention. He needs a full image makeover to show the world he’s settled down. The perfect way to do this is to find a good girl. An ordinary, normal girl the public can relate to.

 

Vaughn Bennett is a 17 yr. old girl who’s a part-time waitress & a devoted sister. After losing her parents, Vaughn & her siblings are barely keeping their heads above water. When a unique opportunity she’d normally never even consider comes her way, Vaughn decides to go for it. She’s offered a lot of money to be pop star Oakley Ford’s fake girlfriend for a year. She has the wholesome girl next door look. She’s the perfect nonfamous, down to earth girl for him to pretend date. She decides her family could really use the money & financial security.

Vaughn thinks fake dating Oakley Ford shouldn’t be too bad, but then she meets him. He’s a shallow, arrogant, conceited, egotistical jerk who thinks he’s better than everyone else. She’s totally unimpressed with the star. They initially clash, but then Vaughn begins seeing glimpses of the real Oak. He’s kind, & the more she gets to know the real him, the more she likes him. Soon she doesn’t feel like she’s pretending anymore, and real feelings are developing.

 

 

-I’m so into this girl it’s not even funny. And I know she’s into me, too.

-Under my mouth, she melts. Her own lips part and she kisses me back. And it’s everything I’d imagined. Better than fifty thousand people shouting your name. Better than a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd singing your lyrics back to you. Better than the greatest song ever sung.

-“You’re beautiful. Every day I’m with you is brighter and more exciting than the last.”

 

To the outside, Oakley Ford has it all. A beautiful beachfront home, millions of adoring fans, a huge bank account, & a fabulous girlfriend. Lately, all he wants is to make new music & be with Vaughn. He loves spending time with her and is tired of playing make believe. His feelings are real, & he wants to be with her. She completely owns his heart.

Vaughn is caught up in Oak’s world of Hollywood, publicists, & being in the spotlight. Everything is confusing & overwhelming. The only thing she knows for sure is she wants Oak to be hers & she doesn’t want money to get in the way. Can this couple make it work, or will the media & outside influences try to destroy them?

I really enjoyed this book & loved Oak. Such a sweet, sexy, swoony rock star! I hope we get a book for Paisley & Ty next. :))

 

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