REVIEW: WHEN IT’S REAL by Erin Watt

Posted June 2, 2017 by MeliMel in Book Love, Home, Meli Mel Review, Release Blitz, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt. 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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‘There aren’t any cameras here. This isn’t for show. This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.’

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Oakley Ford is a super famous pop singer and musician and has been since he was fourteen years old. Son of two famous actors, Oak has always been familiar with the limelight. Now that Oakley is nineteen, he wants more out of his career. He wants to make real music he loves and something different to the mainstream pop music he’s been singing. He desperately wants to work with a famous producer to make his dream happen. However, thanks to his antics he has been portrayed in the media as a total brat. The producer doesn’t want to work with him because he doesn’t seem serious about music. In comes his agent and the rest of his team to try to come up with a way to salvage his image. Their solution is to find Oakley a wholesome looking girlfriend to lighten up his image.

Vaughn Bennett has had quite a tragic upbringing and as a result, she has had to grow up faster than she should. Her parents passed away in a car accident leaving her and her older sister to take care of their little twin brothers. She’s had to work hard in order to graduate early and help more at home and find a job since money is really tight. Her sister Paisley is struggling to make ends meet, especially with the debt their parents left them with. When Paisley’s boss sees a picture of Vaughn on her desk, he can’t help but think that her girl-next-door image would make a perfect fake girlfriend for Oakley. When Vaughn learns the amount of money she will be making and how much it can help her family, she can’t refuse.

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“You’re the one person in my life who wants nothing but me and it’s terrifying and awesome at the same time. Don’t ever leave me.”

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This story was such a sweet light read. I am a HUGE fan of The Royal Series, so I was super excited to read this one. This doesn’t compare to that series, but that isn’t such a bad thing. I really liked the characters, despite the immaturity in them since they are so young. They were awesome together and I loved the slow build between them. I was very interesting seeing Vaughn try to become accustomed to all the attention. Meanwhile, Oakley learned to not take things for granted and to be more humble.

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‘I don’t know when that happened, but somewhere along the line Vaughn went from the girl I was forced to have on my arm to the girl I want to have in my life.’

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Overall, I enjoyed this book. This was a heartwarming read, at moments a tad bit cheesy but I was totally okay with that. It did have some angst, not like The Royal Series, but a little to keep things interesting. The ending was good and it left me wanting so much more. If you love the whole fake relationship storyline then you will definitely enjoy this one.

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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