Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
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’m a sucker for a famous person/regular person romance. Even better when it’s a designed fake romance. I managed to snag When It’s Real with a gift card and dived right in and read it pretty much all in one sitting. It was exactly what I needed. Mostly funny, a little serious and lots of swoons. I had one little issue with the book (shady person did shady things and I just don’t think things work like that) but since I enjoyed the rest of the book I’m not going to let that one little thing ruin it for me.For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #1
on June 12, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
For Darkness Shows the Stars was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the story and all but it…. moved…. so…. slowly…. and I just wanted to get on with things. I know a lot of people appreciate a good slow read but I find that my mind wanders during these types of books. I enjoyed the letters between Elliot and Kai and the thought put in to the new world. I’m undecided if I want to read the companion/sequel.Trust on July 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
This cover is so incredibly misleading to the book. There is quite a bit of depth to Trust. Edie gets held hostage at a convenience store robbery and has a lot to deal with in the aftermath. John also has his own stuff to deal with it. I thought they made a good match and complimented each other nicely.