ARC Review

ARC Review: 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?

Confession Time: I am an Erin Watt virgin. I have yet to read the Royals Trilogy from this duo; and while it’s on my TBR, I still have to get to them!

*Don’t kill me please*

Another honest truth, I rarely read contemporary YA, not because there is anything wrong with the genre; I just seem to have grown out of that phase – but I honestly couldn’t resist the opportunity to read an early copy from a duo who seems like a drug to most of her fans 😉

This enemies to “fake” lovers romance between an American Hearthrob and an ordinary girl, seems like trope already well used, but believe me, this is a trope that is well done by a new “look out” author(s)!

Oakley Ford is the American heartthrob, a pop star who is in love with music, but is somehow not able to capture the magic again for the last two years. And it has him on a downward spiral, a spiral that has been oh-so beautifully captured by the paparazzi. And while he is still in tune with his ambition of working with one of the industry’s most sought after producer’s; who he knows won’t touch him with a ten-foot pole, because he isn’t serious enough about music.

This leads his manager to take control of his life, by doing what any management team would do – bring in a good girlfriend to clean up his image!

In walks Vaughn Bennett, a girl who has been in another type of rough patch lately; she lost her parents two years before and graduated a year early to help raise her twin brothers with her elder sister. While she was a Oakly Ford fan, she has grown out of that phase and is bewildered when she is approached by his team to act like his girlfriend for a year. She is hesitant, but the monetary compensation would help out her family, and that answer, therefore, is a no – brainer.

Their first meeting isn’t the stiff of fantasies but more of a nightmare – while Vaughn finds Oakley to be a conceited and narcissistic little jerk, he on the other finds her to be a little spitfire, but mostly mouthy!

There’s no instant attraction or even insta-lust between these two – they work hard, at first to project the very picture of an ideal fairytale romance to the public, but then slowly start to learn about each other. Theres’ is an attraction that is slowly born of knowledge and understanding about each other and for a YA romance, it was absolutely brilliantly done!

Erin Watt fans have something amazing to look forward to with this one and I have a new author to put on a list that is slowly but surely growing! ❤




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