When It's Real by Erin Watt

When It's Real

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 ...

Details When It's Real

TitleWhen It's Real
Release DateMay 30th, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreRomance, Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Reviews When It's Real

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I consistently struggle with writing reviews for contemporaries, whether they are adult or young adult. Over the years they have grown predictable and there isn’t much to talk about regarding the plot as they tend to be more character focused. Needless to say, I’m wary in picking up contemporaries anymore because they just seem to fall into the realm of “nice but not memorable”. When I first saw the cover and description of When It's Real...
  • Christy
    4 stars!!! When I first read the writing duo known as Erin Watt, I was so impressed I knew I'd pick up whatever they decided to write. When I heard they were writing YA and saw the gorgeous cover for When It's Real, it went straight to the top of my TBR. This book had a little bit for all readers. Love a good YA? Rock star read? Enemies to friends to lovers? Fake girlfriend/boyfriend? How about the famous leading man/average heroine? This book ha...
  • Candace
    When I picked up 'When It's Real', I wanted something that was sweet and heartwarming. I loved 'Paper Princess' by Erin Watt, so when I started seeing this book pop up on friends' pages, I knew that I'd want to read it. I was not disappointed.This book was everything that I had wanted. It was the kind of light and fluffy read that puts a smile on your face and leaves you feeling contented. Although it was predictable and not particularly original...
  • Katerina
    Guilty pleasure (n.):Something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt (probably because you should be doing some serious real-life stuff instead of getting lost in said pleasures).There are two types of guilty pleasures.The first ones refer to characters so royally twisted and messed up that the sensible part of yours keeps bothering you with nagging thoughts like "how could you love them?", while the other part enjoys this del...
  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    *****4.5 STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}I don’t know when that happened, but somewhere along the line Vaughn went from the girl I was forced to have on my arm to the girl I want to have in my life. Erin Watt fans prepare to fall head over heels in love with their latest collaborative masterpiece! These two authors have struck gold again with WHEN IT’S REAL. I am not particularly a huge fan of YA but when it’s done right even ...
  • Aestas Book Blog
    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: A pop star.A regular girl.The world's watching. WOW! This book was addictive, heart-warming, and so well-written!! I read it in one non-stop sitting because I just did not want to put it down! If you're looking for a new rock star romance to fall in love with, check this out! "Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths..." The story begins when Vaughn, a completely d...
  • Jodi Bibliophile
    WE HAVE A COVER!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!Erin Watt is writing a new fucking book!!!I would sell my fucking womb for a camel for this fucking book!For reals I would read these fuckers shopping list!!!!!
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    This was a pleasant surprise. First of all, long time no see everyone! I've been so busy, I haven't been able to keep up with reviews lately (or reading as much as I used to). However, I did digest this one an audio while sick last week, so I thought I'd jot a few thoughts down.Honestly, I was nervous because I had some big BIG issues with Erin's other series (Paper Princess). Especially in the consent department. However, this book seemed to mak...
  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    4 stars!Review at Of Pens and Pages.Light, sweet, and angst-free, When It’s Real is a great summer read! It’s a fluff fest that will leave butterflies inside your belly and a perma-smile on your face long after finishing the book.At nineteen years old, world-renowned pop star Oakley Ford has reached Bieber-level notoriety in partying and philandering, and his label is getting sick of it. He hasn’t released anything since his successful albu...
  • Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    “This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.” After reading and devouring The Royals series by Erin Watt (aka the dynamic duo Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick), I just couldn’t wait to read their next story. I was wondering what sort of world they would create for us this time and I tell you what, I was not disappointed (not that I could say I was surprised). I know this book has receiv...
  • Lola
    Common mortal Vaughn is hired to pose as celebrity singer Oakley Ford’s girlfriend for a year. Sweet. Adorable. Dramatic. Learned a lot about the world of celebrities. Too long. Some scenes should have been cut. It’s all about strong-willed Oakley and not enough about likeable, lost Vaughn who needs to figure out her life and future. Predictable, but in a good way. Definitely addictive.
  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    When It's Real is the latest novel by the sensational author duo, Erin Watt. I'm a huge fan of their Royals series, so there was no question as to whether or not I would be reading this. I can't even imagine them writing a bad book at this point, and for that reason, I went into this with the expectation that I was going to enjoy the hell out of it. I wasn't wrong. Vaughn Bennett recently graduated high school, but with no clear idea of what she ...
  • Bibi
    Ridiculously entertaining. So good. RTC
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4 YA Love Stars* * * *I have a confession...I'm really not a YA reader...So what are you doing reading it, Wendy...Well, it was done by Erin Watt...And since I loved The Royals...I had to give When It's Real a go...I'm guessing, this had all of the markings of what a YA Teen Romance should have. There was the overall romance of a "Justin Bieber Level Rock Star" needing a "Normal" to romance so he could clean up his reputation. Oakley started sing...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2.5 stars When It’s Real is the story of a girl named Vaughn who is hand picked to be the new girlfriend of Oakley Ford, a famous pop star. Oakley needs to polish up his public image, showing he can be a devoted boyfriend and not just the playboy partier everyone thinks he is. Vaughn agrees to do this because her family needs the money, her parents passed away leaving her and her sister in charge of their siblings.At first, Vaughn and Oakley ca...
  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    “This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”
  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    Oakley has been born famous - his parents are huge Hollywood stars.And when he was 14 he started being famous on his own. He became a pop star.And after living the life for the last five years, it's finally catching up to him. He's constantly in the tabloids for stupid stuff, he's losing social media followers, he's not feeling the music anymore.He needs this next album to be a huge success. And he needs this famous producer - King - to produce i...
  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    When It’s Real is teen drama amped up. Teen heartthrob & rockstar, Oakley, needs a new image and his PR team has decided dating an ordinary girl will do the trick. When Vaughan is offered the position she only agrees for the year long fake relationship because of her family's dire financial situation.I really enjoyed the premise of this book because it made me think if I was a teen girl in Vaughan’s situation would I agree to this sham?! I th...
  • NMmomof4
    3.5 StarsOverall Opinion: This was a cute YA/NA read. I have always enjoyed the fake relationship to more theme, so I got what I was expecting. Predictable? Yes. But still enjoyable. The characters were likable, and while the H started out as a douchey celebrity I came to like him as well. It left me with unanswered questions, and I just could've done with a little more! More steam, more depth in the characters and storyline, and more closure! *g...
  • Ida
    3.5 stars!I was actually surprised by how much I liked this book. "When Its Real" was rather predictable, and I didnt feel like it built any suspense nor had any surprises, but the story is very well written. The characters are relatable, it doesnt drag out the plot too much, and the changes in POV is well balanced. All in all a good read. Especially if youre recovering from a book hangover or waiting for the next book in a series. 3.5 stars!I ...
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me. Oakley Ford used to be a teenage superstar. At 19 his stardom has taken a nosedive and to jump-start his career his manager suggests dating a normal girl instead of a co-star. Oak agrees after some hesitation. When a girl has been found that fulfills the requirements a strategy of "attack" is being planned and carri...
  • Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
    I received an ARC from the authors / publisher in exchange for an honest review.Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay BookaholicNineteen year old heartthrob singer Oakley Ford is on a two year hiatus in the music industry. He’s a successful, talented musician and worked hard to reach it aside from being the son of famous movie stars. Having a strained relationship with his parents makes him rebellious giving him a bad reputation. His lac...
  • Jacqueline's Reads
    4.25 I love Erin Watt StarsWhen It’s Real is a New Adult Standalone. I’m a mega fan of The Royals, although at times I wanted to pull my hair out because of all the angst, but that is what made that series so great right? When It’s Real is a more sweet read, there’s still angst, but it’s not at the same level at The Royals and that was okay for me. I really enjoyed When It’s Real. I found it an easy read and I read it in one sitting. ...
  • Patricia Bejarano
    4.5 en realidad ❤He disfrutado muchísimo este libro... Lo primero que debo decir es que es muy adictivo. No pensaba que fuera de otra forma, ya que las autoras me tenían acostumbrada a eso. Pero ¡OMG! No podía parar de leer ni mientras comía ni nada, solo quería leer y no hacer nada más. Hay algo que me ha encantado de este libro y es como va surgiendo la historia entre Oak y Vaughn. Ambos empiezan teniendo una relación puramente profes...
  • Krissysch
    Ich mag ja solche Superstar-Geschichten total gerne und auch diese hier war sehr unterhaltsam. Klar, die Story ist super vorhersehbar und klischeehaft, aber der Schreibstil ist toll und es macht einfach Spass, dieses Buch zu lesen. Auch die Charaktere waren sehr sympathisch und mit hat es total gut gefallen, dass Vaughn eine bezahlte Fake-Freundin spielen soll, denn dadurch hat sich das Buch nochmal von anderen mit der gleichen Thematik abgehoben...
  • Elise
    3 starsOh man, it really hurt me to say that. I had such hing hopes, but this book... it just wasn't everything i ever dreamed it would be. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad or anything, it was pretty good. And there was no cliffhanger, let's all thank the gods for that. The book is a cute, fluffy, fast standalone, with good characters. It was also very light on the angst too, which for me, in this case, is a negative. There's really nothing wron...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: When It's RealSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Erin WattRelease date: May 30, 2017Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.After loving the bestselling Royals series, reading When It's Real was an easy decision to make. Yes, their previous books were filled with a whole lot of drama, and it wasn't for everyone. But somehow they worked th...