Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Title: When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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?

My Review:
When It’s Real by Erin Watt rocked my world and then some!! A perfect rock star romance with a rich, hot, obnoxious bad boy behaving badly and the cute, normal girl-next-door type who wins his heart.

Oak Ford has lost his mojo and his way and his bad boy party lifestyle are finally catching up to him. The solution to his problem? A fake girlfriend, or so his manager and PR company think. Cue Vaughan Bennett, and the start of our love story.

I adored this book, savoring every beautiful page from start to finish. There is nothing overly intricate in the plot or the character development but it’s the superb execution of same that is the winner here. I loved the musical influences and the twitter feed was hysterically funny. The writing is brilliant as I’ve come to expect from this author and it flowed perfectly.

I kept thinking Justin Bieber as I was reading this book even if the description didn’t wholly fit. I loved the snarky banter between our couple at the start and how they gradually opened up to one another. Vaughan was a bit of a sap when it came to W and I wished she had more gumption as it seemed at odds with the rest of her personality.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the Oakley Ford show. Man, I loved him from the get-go and my heart ached for him. The romance was slow building and real and everything my romance-loving heart desires.

This is a bit different from the Royals series. It’s not angsty or dramatic and it’s definitely less steamy despite the rock star backdrop and all that entails; however, this is trad-pubbed so I imagine the author had to toe a strict line. It doesn’t matter anyway, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all, it’s more of an observation.

In summary, this was a superb read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Yes, it’s not a new story but it doesn’t matter. It’s a wonderful read and one that had me hooked throughout. I really look forward to reading more of this author in future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the author’s assistant and I have voluntarily reviewed same. Thank you very much, Erin Watt, you have another show stealer on your hands!

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