Published by Harlequin on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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?
It’s been some time since I’ve read a story about falling for that very first time. As soon as I heard that this dynamic duo was releasing such a book I couldn’t barely contain my excitement and it is exactly as I imagined.
When It’s Real is about a teenage pop-star named Oakley Ford who is thought to be losing his edge. His management predicts he is about to become a has-been and so they come up with this elaborate ploy to get him back on track by changing his image. A part of this is inserting a young and innocent Vaughn Bennett into his daily routine.
At first, I didn’t know what to think about this “partnership”. On paper, they made perfect sense but in reality? Nothing about them did! Erin Watt proved me completely wrong, however. I loved how Vaughn made such an amazing impact on Oakley. Her simplicity changed him. She made him realize that there was so much more to life than what he had.
There were a few things that were left unaddressed but I enjoyed it nonetheless. If you’re looking for a beautifully written, young and fresh, wholesome and sweet love story then this is a book is definitely for you. Personally, I think anything written by Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick is a must-read.