Review – WHEN IT’S REAL by Erin Watt

If you have not read this book yet, get cracking!! I loved it!


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 social media sites are always a buzz of excitement whenever Erin Watt release a book, and yet, for some reason (be it book funks or just life getting in the way) I was still yet to really discover their talent for myself. With the release of When It’s Real fast approaching, I knew this was my chance to change that. A YA rock star and ordinary girl love/hate romance? I’m in!! 

When It’s Real had me hooked from the beginning and it didn’t take long for me to understand all the fuss surrounding this writing duo. The ladies behind Erin Watt had me falling in love with Oakley and Vaughn, as well as a mix of the other the other characters such as Vaughn’s sister and twin younger brothers, and Oakley’s security guy. I saw romances blossoming all over and my hopeless romantic heart couldn’t get enough. 

I loved how the authors incorporated social media buzz into the story, and I loved the whole love/hate aspect of Oakley’s and Vaughn’s romance. It definitely made for some fun reading. There was definitely more to Oakley than first meets the eye, and I loved seeing Vaughn slowly unravel him and get to the core of what made Oakley who he is. It gave the book a lot of heart and you couldn’t help but feel for the life that the young rocker had lead, and hope that the powerhouse who was suddenly thrust into his life could turn it all around. 

It’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed my first adventure with Erin Watt, and I will absolutely be diving into both their past and future works. Bring it on! 


*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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Erin Watt (pseudonym) 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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