When It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young 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?
“Stop being afraid of life. Go out and let love take you on a journey.”
I’ve struggled to write my review for this one. On one hand I do really like these two writing together and I think they do a fantastic job at it. I love the Royals series. The writing is not my issue here. I think, for me, it’s just the story here. It’s going to be a case of “It’s not you it’s me.” The characters are to young for my liking. I can do some YA, I read the Royals series and was fine with it. For this book though, the age bothered me and I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a cute story and it’s super sappy in some parts but I need more angst in my romance. This is not the Royals 2.0 here, if you are looking for more of that you will be disappointed. I like that they branched out here and did something different. They get props for that. I look forward to more from them and I will defiantly read their stuff. I know not everything will be for me and I’m ok with that. There is nothing wrong with this book except it wasn’t for me but it will be perfect for others.