Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When It's Real by Erin Watt

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?

4.25 I love Erin Watt Stars
When It’s Real is a New Adult Standalone. I’m a mega fan of The Royals, although at times I wanted to pull my hair out because of all the angst, but that is what made that series so great right? When It’s Real is a more sweet read, there’s still angst, but it’s not at the same level at The Royals and that was okay for me.

I really enjoyed When It’s Real. I found it an easy read and I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and the overall feel of the book.

Vaughn is the Heroine you kind of want to be. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, hence her Van shoes, worn t-shirts and sloppy jeans, but she’s fine with that. Her parents died in a car accident a few years ago and with the help of her sister, they both take care of their twin brothers together.
I enjoyed Vaughn’s past, there’s something endearing about it and you kind of just want to hug the girl.

Oakley is a super famous musician and as much as I hate the singer, I pictured Oakley as Justin Bieber. Only in the sense Oakley became mega famous at a young age and as he is going into adulthood he’s looking to change up his tunes.

I understood Oakley as well. He’s a hard character to love, but I truly liked him. I felt he was a little entitled and snobby, but that’s his character.  He pays Oakley to be his girlfriend for a year to lighten his image.

 I liked the interaction between Oakley and Vaughn. I didn’t see them as a love connection at first, but I enjoyed the slow burn they started to have for each other. It’s kind of hard to form something since Vaughn is kind of guarded and set in her ways.

The chemistry between Oakley and Vaughn lacked a bit at times, but it didn’t hinder my reading experience, it just wasn’t over the top make me have all the feels kind of chemistry.

I enjoyed the side characters with Oakley’s bodyguard and Vaughn’s family. Overall, the book was sweet. I kind of wished it was two books, only because I felt like the characters had tons of room to grow. The authors are really good at building up characters, so I felt like I could have had more Oakley and Vaughn learning from each other.

Regardless I will see read everything Erin Watt writes because they write good books.

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Elle Kennedy
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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