{ARC Review} When it’s Real by Erin Watt

{ARC Review} When it’s Real by Erin WattWhen It's Real by Erin Watt
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publicist
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Goodreads

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?

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the author via their publicist but that did not in any way influence this review!!

 

 

The Review:

Who among us has not dreamed of the moment when that sexy rock star we silently (or maybe not so silently) fawn over walks into our lives and falls in love with us?  Go ahead…admit it…you’ve had the dream!  This book plays right into those fantasies and does it oh so well.  With wonderful, well developed characters, and a storyline that has just enough drama and angst, this story captured my imagination and my romance-loving heart.  Truth be told, before I even finished the first few pages I wanted Oakley Ford to fall in love with me.  No matter that he appeared spoiled, no matter that he was jaded by life, I knew that deep down he had a big heart. I knew this story would fill me with joy. And it did.  Sigh.

The Oakley we first meet is, in his own words, “That unique blend of annoying jerk and irresistible rogue”.  He’s taken his rock star status to heart and behaves like he thinks people want him to – a guy with a big ego.  But, in reality, he feels disconnected and vulnerable.  Everyone wants a piece of him and all he wants is to make great music.  In an effort to clean up his image, his manager brings in Vaughn, a normal girl, to try to turn the bad boy rocker into a mature musician.  But Vaughn is different…she’s not starry-eyed over him, she calls it like she sees it, she’s sassy and smart.  And soon enough, Oak realizes that she’s just what he needs in his life.  Of course, there are misunderstandings and communication issues, those who try to sabotage their fledgling relationship, and fan-girls who want a piece of Oak for themselves as you would expect in this type of story.  But I was so invested in their happily ever after that I embraced every obstacle and cheered on every step they took towards building a swoony romance.

Oakley and Vaughn’s romance was a slow burn.  It brought the feels and the flails. I loved hearing their story from both of their points of view and it had a cast of secondary characters that I couldn’t help but love.  This was a quick, fun read that had me smiling and my heart melting.  And…thanks to Oak and V (and Erin Watt) my rock star dreams are more vivid than ever! 🙂

 

 

 

Check out the trailer here!

 

By the way…this book releases on May 30th and there’s a pre-order giveaway…so, go get yours now!!

 

 

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Posted May 19, 2017 by Ana in All The Swoons, Alternating POVs, ARC, Author Submission, Contemporary, Favorite Authors, Gorgeous Covers, Music Inspired Reads, review, Reviews, Romance, Stand Alone, Swoonworthy Book Boyfriends, Top Shelf Books, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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