| REVIEW – New adult/Contemporary | When it’s real by Erin Watt

| REVIEW – New adult/Contemporary | When it’s real by Erin Watt

When It's Real Book Cover When It's Real
Erin Watt
Young Adult Fiction
June 1, 2017

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…

When it’s real was provided via netgalley as an ARC – In turn, I provide an honest review -, for which I’m very grateful! I was dying to read this book, since I’ve already heard so many good things about this author and the story-line sounded like something I was going to love.

A rockstar romance with a slow burn, ending up in a steady swoon worthy flame that steals your heart. Sweet sexy and romantic, wrapped in a nice package! 

+ very lovable and well developed characters. I really loved Oak and Vaughn as main characters. Vaughn is definitely just what Oak needs; a down to earth ‘normal’ girl to ground him from his crazy life as singer. And for me it was obvious from the start that Vaughn’s boyfriend, W, was a real first class douchebag, yuk.. So I was definitely #TEAMOAK right from the start haha, even though Oak behaves like a spoiled brat at first.

Oak is a chracter who puts on a show for the outside while his real self is behind ‘walls’ and I really liked the person behind those ‘walls’. He was just perfect for Vaughn!! I loved seeing him open up to Vaughn and find an anchor in her. Loved reading about him falling in love with her and the other way around as well.

I liked Vaughn because of her down to earth character and just being ‘normal’. It makes relating to a character that much easier I think. I loved seeing Vaughn with Oak but also with her family; her sister Paisley and the twin brothers.

The rest of the minor characters in the book were perfectly ok as fill-ups in this story. Even with the little presence some of them got, I still really liked them because of HOW the author writes them ‘in’ the story. Everything and everyone just clicks and works, you know?

+ – the whole story-line is a cliché, from beginning till end, which makes most of the story-line predictable. I kind of expected this before starting this book, when I read the synopsis for the first time, so it’s something I made peace with. Even though it was kind of predictable to me, I just let myself enjoy the story and fall in love with the characters.

Towards the end, when you’d expect a lot will happen in a story like this, it just didn’t feel spectacular enough for me.. I expected a bit more I guess? It was over too soon and just felt a bit ‘too easy’. It lacked some angst is the right way to put it I guess. But if you like a fluffy, light read, this is totally your cup of tea xD

Overall, it was a really enjoyable and fast-paced read and I give this book a 3/3.5 star rating. It was definitely a book I couldn’t put down while reading it because I was totally hooked to these characters and their development throughout the story – I can’t say it enough; I loved the characters. And in combination with an addictive writing style it makes the perfect read when in need of some light reading.

When it’s real is that kind of book you pick up when you’re in need of a romantic, sweet and fast paced read. A story without a lot of drama which makes it light and sweet and utterly irresistible to put down.

This book is due to release on May 30th, so mark your calendar or just do the easy thing and put it in pre-order 😉


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