May 28, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
When it’s Real by Erin Watt
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: May 30th, 2017
Source: eArc from the author
Rating: 5 hearts
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 discovered Erin Watt with The Royals trilogy and I’m a huge fan, these authors are awesome.
When it’s real is a different story, I won’t tell you the story because the synopsis is enough.
Oakley is a pop star, and he acts like one too, his first encounter with Vaughn is intense and not in the good way. He doesn’t understand why she isn’t attracted by him, and also why she is stubborn about this relation. He is a troublemaker, but deep down he is a good guy, he doesn’t trust people because so many of them took profit of him. He doesn’t even trust his mother when she said she loves him, and don’t talk about his awful father. I like Oakley, he’s a bad boy with good intentions and his life mustn’t be easy, he can’t go to the beach or do things most people of his age do.
Vaughn lost her parent and now she lives with her sister and two brothers, their life isn’t full of money, that’s why she agrees to play Oakley’s girlfriend. She doesn’t quit her boyfriend and even if I don’t like him, I understand his reaction. How can you accept that your girlfriend will be the girlfriend of a sexy pop star? Vaughn isn’t always nice with Oakley and some of her actions pissed me of, but in the end she is good for him. She’s a strong girl who had to face the loss of her parents and who doesn’t know what to do with her life.
The relation between Oakley and Vaughn evolves slowly; they fight, argue and treat each other badly but deep down you know that they are in love. They will have to make compromises and I liked to see Oakley grows up with his music like he wanted. I didn’t like Oakley’s team except for his bodyguard; the marketing team is awful even at the end. I don’t know if this is real for all popstar but it’s not a thing I like to know.
Like the other books I read from Erin Watt, it’s a pleasure to dive in the story and to know the characters. Their writing are beautiful and the characters seems very realistic.
Quick word: Another great story from Erin Watt.
About the author
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.