If you love a well-written, high-emotion contemporary romance
then this is one for you!
When It’s Real takes a relatively well-worn theme – ‘normal’ girl agrees to pretend-date famous pop-star – but handles it so well it doesn’t matter that you know what is going to happen. You can settle back to live this adventure with Vaughn and Oakley, experience the ups and downs of their relationship, and see the highs and lows of life as a mega-star.
Oakley develops gradually from spoilt star to genuine person, and Vaughn grows from shy sister to confident individual. The transitions are well-handled and believable.
Watt gives us great descriptions of the California high life, and contrasts them with Vaughn’s ordinary but loving home-life. Everything is perhaps a little exagerated, but that works in a feel-good romance such as this. The conversations are great, as are the exerts from fans’ blogs and Twitter feeds.
A fast, fun, accomplished read from Watt (who I found out is not one person but actually the pen-name of duo Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick).
Review by Gill-Marie Stewart
Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try the first chapter here).