Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I like it. Eye catching with the sparklers and I like the colors. Very contemporary looking.
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?
When It’s Real is the story of a pop star named Oakley Ford that needs his public image cleaned up or polished a bit showing that he can be a good guy instead of the playboy who parties all the time. In walks Vaughn a girl in need of money. She has siblings and even though she isn’t the oldest, she feels a sense of responsibility to help her family. Which is how Vaughn is discovered and how she ends up in the amazing deal that all she has to do is pretend to be this pop star’s girlfriend and money will come pouring our her ears! It will help pay for so much especially since she and her siblings are orphans.
Of course, Vaughn and Oakley don’t get along and can’t stand each other which I LOOOOVE in my books. But of course, as time goes on and small and simple things happen, they find that they hate each other less and less and a small friendship begins to blossom. And of course, well know where that leads in this type of story.
I liked Vaughn she was believable. Oakley, I think so too. I can understand fast attraction cause that is what this all was but it was a little too fast for me to be totally believable. I guess I don’t have much or any for that matter experience or knowledge about stars and how they act. I hear mostly horrible things about all of them except maybe a very select few so. But then again I don’t know.
I enjoy stories like this where they hate each other and then fall for each other. I like when they are forced into a situation that makes two characters who hate each other have to be around each other especially if there is some sort of little attraction. I like that, so this was my type of book.
So I can’t really say what it was exactly that made this book only okay for me. I do think part of it was that it happened all a little too fast for me, there wasn’t enough of a slow burn. The silly things that made them get all hot and sweaty for each other were little eye rolling for me which made me like the story a little less. I don’t mind cheese but this lacked something that made it all seem a little believable.
Overall I enjoyed it but felt it could’ve been a little better in the slow burn area.
Sexual Content: heavy