Release Blitz + Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

When It’s Real

By Erin Watt

Genre: Mature YA

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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…

Michel’s Review

The dynamic writing team known as Erin Watt has delivered another entertaining and compelling mature young adult romance.  With the latest release of When It’s Real, readers young and old will enjoy this modern day fairy tale romance.

Although this book is classified in the YA / Mature YA genre, I feel like this book is more appropriate for ages 16 and up.  It does have mature situations without being graphic. Although most teens are exposed to quite a few of these situations daily in school, among peers, and through social media, I think older teens have the right amount of maturity to read this book.

A modern day Cinderella story where the ordinary girl lands the pop star prince.

Oakley Ford is a jaded pop star on the road to destruction.  His manager and PR team has been doing too much damage control.  It’s time for Oakley to buckle down and get back to his music rather than partying and making tabloid headlines.  Oakley has been on his own since he was fourteen.  He divorced his Hollywood Royalty parents when his career took off.  He has always lived a spoiled and pampered life.  His indulgences are out of control.

Oakley’s manager and PR team hire Vaughn Bennett, a mature ordinary teenage girl to pose as Oakley’s girlfriend for one year.  The idea is to project a positive image of Oakley’s life and get Oakley back in the studio.  Vaughn and her family are in desperate need of money and this situation seems to be the answer to their financial problems.  Vaughn will have to make a lot of sacrifices in order to fulfill her contract.  The biggest sacrifice of all is giving up her long time high school boyfriend.

Vaughn is at crossroads in her life.  She doesn’t know what she wants for her future.  Oakley is also at crossroads in his life.  He doesn’t want to be the pop star Prince.  He wants to make a different kind of music.  Music that isn’t canned.  He’s reached a block and something has to change.  After meeting Vaughn he begins to see a different side of life.  A life outside of the Hollywood glamour.

Vaughn may have been hired to save Oakley’s reputation but she has really saved his soul. Oakley may have been the dream Prince every teenage girl wants but he taught Vaughn how to dream again and reach for the stars.

Erin Watt has delivered a compelling teenage fairytale romance that explores many issues and feelings that all teens experience on their road to becoming mature adults.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think most teen readers will too.


About Erin Watt

About Elle Kennedy

Elle-KennedyA USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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jen frederick bioJen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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