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?

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Hello, everyone! Just finished a pretty good book today: When It’s Real by Erin Watt! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, ever since I finished the third book of The Royals series! Well, that and Fallen Heir, too! On a whim, I bought the book on Amazon Kindle and have been reading it since! Was it as good as I thought it would be? Yes, it was!

First of all, I want to start of by saying that I really like reading about fake relationships turning into something more! I don’t know exactly what it is about them. Maybe it’s the fact that both people have prior judgments about the other that are wiped away over the course of the relationship. Or it could be the fact that they become really vulnerable when they wouldn’t have otherwise. Maybe it’s the drama that results from it! Or all of the above! Regardless, I love it when a book includes a staged relationship into its story! Plus, When It’s Real had a lot to do with the entertainment industry since Oakley is a   famous singer and all! Those two things combined made this book super appealing to me!

As for the characters, I liked them well enough. They interacted nicely with each other and were pretty decent. On their own, they were okay as well. Sometimes, they’d play to their archetypes, though. Like Vaughn being the girl next door and Oakley being the jerky dudebro… But it made sense due to the story being told and for the progression of the plot. I was never bored, that’s for sure! But there also times where my heart would go out to them, especially Vaughn! While I might not have agreed with how they both handled things, I understood their reasoning and empathized because of it.

Well, that’s all I have to say about When It’s Real by Erin Watt! At least, for now! Honestly, I loved reading every bit of it! Even near the end! Mainly because I was really tense, more than I needed to be! 😀 Now I really need to read Fallen Heir because I obviously cannot get enough of books by Erin Watt! If you have any comments or questions about this book as well as The Royal series, feel free to leave them in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya