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…
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Reviewed by Stephanie
When I heard the fantastic writing duo Erin Watt was coming out with another book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I absolutely loved The Royals and needed more of their combined writing genius. With When It’s Real we get a quick and easy read. The angst and drama were definitely on the lower side of the scale in this book but the characters and writing were both just as easy to love.
Oakley Ford is a teen pop icon with a bad boy image that’s definitely not doing him any good lately. Needing an image change pronto his PR team comes up with an idea for him to have a fake girlfriend. But even with basically his pick of any girl he wants, the idea is for him to date a normal girl. One untouched by the spotlight and with no hidden agenda. Oakley is not a fan of the idea but his desperation to salvage his career has him on board.
“ This proposition is insane. I mean, who pays such an obscene amount of money to some random girl to pretend to be a pop star’s girlfriend for a year?”
Enter so called normal girl Vaughn Bennett. Vaughn had a family tragedy a few years back and now her and her sister are helping raise her twin brothers and money is tight. So when the opportunity to pretend to be a pop-stars girlfriend for a boatload of money basically falls into her lap what’s a girl to do? And so begins the year long “job”.
“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets.”
Oakley and Vaughn most definitely didn’t hit it off right away. I love how Vaughn wasn’t all star-stuck around Oak and was just staying true to herself and I have to say I really liked her character. Oak was thrown for a loop when Vaughn treated him, well like he was normal. His character took a little while to grow on me but I ended up really liking him. He was just not used to people not wanting something from him so relationships were hard. But as things progressed and feelings started to change it was sweet to watch them slowly fall for each other. If you are in the mood for a quick and sweet read this is the one for you.
“ There aren’t any cameras here, this isn’t for show.”
About The Author
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. You can contact them at their shared inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org