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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  21,242 ratings  ·  2,688 reviews
Popster Oakley is hot en heeft miljoenen fans. Meiden staan in de rij voor hem, maar dat geldt niet voor Vaughn. En juist zij moet hem helpen om van zijn badboy-imago af te komen.

When it’s real is een onweerstaanbare roman van Erin Watt, bekend van de succesvolle en populaire boekenserie De Royals.

Popster Oakley is hot en heeft miljoenen fans. De paparazzi smullen van zijn
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
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Rosebud It is a NA because it hasn't come out yet. …moreIt is a NA because it hasn't come out yet. (less)
Kathy Miller Compared to many of the YA books available, When it's Real is pretty tame. There are references to sex, but no actual encounters. Books like A Court o…moreCompared to many of the YA books available, When it's Real is pretty tame. There are references to sex, but no actual encounters. Books like A Court of Wings and Ruin are truly NA because of so much erotica, which I feel demeans the book and is unnecessary. I do think books, like movies, should be rated so the reader knows what they are in for and parents can judge whether or not to allow their teen to have access to this kind of writing.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
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, I’ll admit I was skeptical but gave it a second glance a ...more
3.5 stars

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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 had all that and more. 

Oakley 'Oak' Ford is your a
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, it was still a highly entertaining read. After a
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 delightful addiction. And then there is the second ki
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****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.

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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 I can’t deny how enjoyable these romances can be. Thi
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
Adding an update at the end of my non-review, non-rating rant :P


****I repeat this ISN'T A YOUNG ADULT BOOK. It contains sexual content*****
This is one more time another example of a new adult book that contains erotic elements and is marketed as young adult. I haven't read it yet, but I know the authors
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

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 down-to-earth, no-bullshit, no-nonsense
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star

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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
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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 make consent the focus in the relationship, which I s
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 album “Ford”, and everyone—including Oakley—is worried he’s
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 received mixed reviews, especially with respect to lack of orig
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Arranged marriages and fake relationships are my FAVORITE romance trope. I don't know what this says about my relationship goals - probably bad things - but whatever, I like what I like, and nothing screams "auto-buy!" like a book that has one of these tropes in its blurb. When I found out that WHEN IT'S REAL was about a fake relationship between a normal girl and a pop star as a publicity stunt to boost his image, I was like HELLS YEAH!
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 wants to do with her life, she decides to take a y
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculously entertaining. So good.

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 cannot stand each other. She thinks he’s rude and h
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin Watt Fans, Teen Romance
4 YA Love Stars
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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 singing early on and his parents were famous movie st
Hulya Kara Yuksel
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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 it!
But King will only do it if Oak cleans up his ac
Amy | Foxy Blogs
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 think for the majority of teen girls they would take on
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 carried out.

When Vaughn's parents died in a car cra
3.5 Stars

Overall 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...more! *greedy grabby hands*

Brief Summary of the Sto
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars!

I was actually surprised by how much I liked this book. "When It´s Real" was rather predictable, and I didn´t feel like it built any suspense nor had any surprises, but the story is very well written. The characters are relatable, it doesn´t drag out the plot too much, and the changes in POV is well balanced. All in all a good read. Especially if you´re recovering from a book hangover or waiting for the next book in a series.
Beatrice Masaluñga
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
I received an ARC from the authors / publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Nineteen 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 lack of inspiration becomes a hindrance creating a new
Jacqueline's Reads
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 I love Erin Watt Stars

When 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. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and the overall feel o
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 He's Worth Everything Stars!

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Oakley Ford is a gorgeous 19 yr. old teen rock star living in LA. He's the child of famous movie stars & has always been in the public eye. He's been a young celebrity since he signed his first contract at the age of 14. Lately the tabloids keep exploiting all his wild nights & partying, and his image has taken a hit. He just wants to make music he loves, & recently it all seems to fall flat. He's experiencing a creative block, & hasn't recorded anything decen
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
3 stars

Oh 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 wrong with the book, per se, I just didn't fall in lov

Title: When It's Real
Series: Standalone
Author: Erin Watt
Release date: May 30, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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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 their magic, and I couldn't have stopped reading them if
Siobhan Davis
When It's Real by Erin Watt rocked my world and then some!! A perfect rock star romance with a rich, hot, obnoxious bad boy behaving badly and the cute, normal girl-next-door type who wins his heart.

Oak Ford has lost his mojo and his way and his bad boy party lifestyle are finally catching up to him. The solution to his problem? A fake girlfriend, or so his manager and PR company think. Cue Vaughan Bennett, and the start of our love story.

I adored this book, savoring every beautiful page from st
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
let's have a little throw back

Pls tell me y'all remember this?? or even watched this?? because what was your childhood ???

Idk why but this whole book just reminded me of Camp Rock AND it had nothing to do with Camp Rock.....okay maybe a little BUT it reminded me of Camp Rock. I got the vibes okay.

Does that even make any sense???

When i seen the title, my brain just translated "When it's Real" to "This is Real" which is a song sung in Camp Rock. I lowkey fangirled because it brought b
Trigger warnings: death of a parent (prior to the beginning of the book)

(ETA: Vaughn is 17, Oakley is nearly 20. And there's this whole big repeated thing throughout about her being underage and ordering Coke everywhere they go. I swear to God, it was like this book was sponsored by Coke. BUT. There's also mention in passing of the fact that the age of consent in California is 18 but that it's fine because according to the terms of the contract, they're just going to kiss. Uh. The media are goin
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