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When It’s Real by Erin Watt

When It’s Real by Erin WattWhen It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 413
Source: Self Purchase

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?

I borrowed When It’s Real from Scribd, because I was already a fan of Erin Watt’s book Paper Princess, and I wanted to see what else she had to dish up. I’m so glad I did because it was fabulous! I couldn’t put it down! I had originally borrowed an audio-book of it, but I can be a fast reader when I’m really into a book, and the narrator was not going fast enough for me. I wanted more, more, more! Plus, it was clear early on that there was going to be some moderate swears, and sexual content, and I felt weird listening to that during my work commute.

Oakley has a huge ego, is possessive, occasionally rude, and very often makes impulsive decisions, but even with all that, I still hearted him. I’ve now read a couple books where there’s a male movie star/musician/famous person, who starts a “fake” relationship with a “wholesome” girl to clean up their image. In the other books that I’ve read, the guy appears to be rude, dismissive, cocky, etc., but then deep down it’s all an act. Nope. Not for Oakley. I mean, he’s not a total a-hole, he can be generous, sweet, thoughtful, and kind, but he’s also occasionally all those other things too. I liked that his character was truly flawed, and that at the end of the book, he wasn’t completely cured of his unappealing qualities. He was real and relatable.

Vaughn also had her faults. I loved how she was super sassy and didn’t put up with Oakley’s bullshit. But unfortunately when it came to her boyfriend W,  she was very gullible and unwilling to acknowledge how much of a jerk he was. She should have dumped his ass way before Oakley entered the picture. I was so happy when Vaughn started to drift away from W and towards Oakley, because she finally started to realize that she deserved so much better than W.

The pacing for When It’s Real was spot-on, and the constant sass and sexual tension between Vaughn and Oakley had me frantically flipping pages.

This was a borrowed book, and will soon be a purchase of mine. I could definitely see myself reading it again in a year or so.

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Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt,  Elle Kennedy, Jen FrederickPaper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick
Published by Timeout LLC on April 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 370
Source: Kindle Unlimited

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

Before starting Paper Princess, I told myself that I wasn’t going to write any reviews for the books in The Royals series, because they were just going to be fun, easy-going, palate-cleansing reads after two weeks of nothing but high fantasy books. But then I finished Paper Princess in one sitting, staying up a hour later than my normal work-night bedtime, followed by staying up even later to start book two. I was that addicted O_O and therefore I knew I needed to share my thoughts, even if it was just a few sentences.

This is a NA series, because of the mature, sexual, lightly-erotic content, and it’s odd that I even decided to pick up book one, because I verrry rarely read NA books. I just don’t care for any type of erotic scenes, even the soft, juvenile kind. It’s just not my thing. But, just for the hell of it, I decided to give it a go, because I’d seen  a lot of praise from YA/NA bloggers that I follow and trust. They made me want, nay, need to know why it was so good.

Well.. even though the erotic parts made me wince a little *it’s really not my thing*,  after a couple chapters, Paper Princess had hooked me. I just really loved the sassy main character Ella, the 5 Royal boys who were brooding jerks (my usual weakness), and the overall story line. There was also a huge cliffhanger at the end of book one, and I couldn’t stop myself for immediately reaching for book two. I’m super glad all the books were (by the time I’m posting this review I’ve read all the books) out for my binging needs.

I’m not going to say anything else about this book/series other than, if you like NA books, that take place in a private school, with a strong, street-smart, smart-mouthed heroine, and a gaggle of rich, irritating, attractive guys – grab this book. This is a quick, addicting series, that you don’t have to take too seriously, because some of the books, especially book three, can get a bit soapy.