Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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?
I loved this book. As much as I loved their previous series, The Royals (see Paper Princess review and Broken Prince review), WHEN IT’S REAL solidified the bestselling duo as autobuy for me! That’s how much I loved this book! And it was exactly what I needed! We all know that I’ve been on a real struggle bus with reading and blogging ever since I found out I was pregnant last summer. Well, I’m happy to report that this is the book that helped me get out of that struggling rut I was in.
I really loved Vaughn and Oakley. Vaughn is this kickass, snarky, smart seventeen year old girl who had been dealt some pretty shitty cards. And Oakley is this sexy, smartass, guitar playing, twenty year old popstar turned rockstar. And the two of them together is just pure amazingness. I loved them as a couple both when it was a fake relationship and then even more when they finally admitted it to each other that it was for real.
I loved the complexity each of the characters had. Vaughn and her family (older sister and younger twin brothers) and Oakley with his estranged parents, both had stories to tell and I really loved reading them and feeling what they were feeling.
By the end of this book, even though it ends with no cliffhanger, I was left wanting more! I’d love to see more between Vaughn and Oakley. I loved their relationship and I’d love to see them conquer more of the world and I’d love to see more swoonworthy moments!
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