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…
I am a reader that always struggles when starting a new book, doesn’t matter how much I have been dying to read it or how much I love the author’s writing, I always find myself procrastinating to pick up my kindle when I know it’s to start a new book. This one probably took me three or four attempts just to get past the first few pages, something needing to be done always distracted me, but I finally said enough is enough, this one sounds like a great read and I love the collaborated work of the authors that come together to be known as Erin Watt. Well once I finally got my mind set to picking this one up and sticking with it, by the end of the first chapter I was hooked and by the end of the day, I was done.
Vaughn isn’t your typical 17 year old. Her and her older sister are have been raising their 12 year old twin brothers for the past two years after a tragic car accident killed both their parents. In trying to help her older sister out with keeping them afloat, Vaughn took summer courses so she would graduate early. She planned to take a year off to figure out what she wanted to do but also work to help make money to pay the bills. Oakley is your typical 19 year old Pop star. He has emancipated himself from his parents, loves to party, loves to drink and he loves women which all tends to land him in the news, and not in a good way. Oakley also finds himself in a bit of a creative block at the moment. To get him back on track, his agent and publicist decide to find him a fake girlfriend to clean up his image, some girl that is more “normal” in their eyes that will help give him some good press.
I normally am not a fan of YA reads but must say that although this one was a YA read, it didn’t have the YA feel to it. I have loved everything this dynamic duo has collaborated on and knew I needed to check this one out. The moment Oakley and Vaughn were in the same room with each other, I fell in love with them as a couple. I loved the dynamic the author built between them and the banter was perfect, to the point I could feel myself smiling as I read. I was a bit giddy in spots watching things develop between these two, starting out as hate and slowly turning into something sweet and oh so special. I love when a book does that, truly sucks me in and makes me feel completely part of their story and never wanting it to end. Which I hope is this case, even though this book may be done, I am so hoping to see more of their story through getting Paisley and Ty’s story.
This book is told in dual POV and I love that we got both character’s POV. In getting both we got so much more of the story, we got to see the real Vaughn and the real Oakley, something I don’t feel we would have truly gotten in full depth had it only been a one sided POV. I absolutely loved the main two characters but the whole cast of characters in this book truly made the story.
Oakley was cocky and arrogant, and was your typical rock star but that wasn’t the real him. I loved how bit by bit we got to see the real guy behind all that fame and fortune. He was just a guy that truly never got much of a childhood due to having famous parents and becoming a star shortly after becoming a teenager. He was just a lonely guy who had it all, well except for the love of someone that loved him for him and not what he had or what he did.
I instantly connected to Vaughn. Yes she once totally swooned over Oakley and didn’t deny that he was very hot to look at but she didn’t allow all that to turn her to mush in her presence. I loved how sassy she was and I loved how she didn’t put up with his attitude and cockiness. I also loved the heart of gold she had. She was willing to put her life on hold to help her older sister out to make things better for her family.
This was a really phenomenal and very real feeling story that I can’t say enough about. There were so many great moments, moments that had me giggling at the banter between these two, moments that had me totally swooning over Oakley Ford and those special touching moments that gave me those butterflies and shivers all at once. Oh to have Oakley Ford sing to me and look at me the way he looks at Vaughn. I may have procrastinated in picking this one up but I must say once I did, it didn’t take me long to not be able to put it down and completely inhaled this one in less than a day. I tend to not give many books 5 stars but for me this one truly was a fabulous 5 star read and one that will be on my top ten for 2017.
About The Authors
Erin Watt, aka Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Bestselling author Jen 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 firstname.lastname@example.org