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Sparks fly and things get real in this sharply sexy and whip-smart romantic comedy set against the backdrop of a post #metoo Hollywood from New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno—escapist fun in the spirit of Beach Read, The Kiss Quotient, and Red, White and Royal Blue.
Former child actor Fiona St. James dropped out of the spotlight after a spectacularly public crash and burn. The tabloids called her crazy and self-destructive and said she'd lost her mind. Now in her late twenties, Fiona believes her humiliating past is firmly behind her. She's finally regained a modicum of privacy, and she won't let anything—or anyone—mess it up.
Unlike Fiona, Sam Fox, who played her older brother on the popular television show Birds of California, loves the perks that come with being a successful Hollywood actor: fame, women, parties, money. When his current show gets cancelled and his agent starts to avoid his calls, the desperate actor enthusiastically signs on for a Birds of California revival. But to make it happen, he needs Fiona St. James.
Against her better judgment, Fiona agrees to have lunch with Sam. What happens next takes them both by surprise. Sam is enthralled by Fiona's take-no-prisoners attitude, and Fiona discovers a lovable goofball behind Sam's close-up-ready face. Long drives to the beach, late nights at dive bars . . . theirs is the kind of kitschy romance Hollywood sells. But just like in the rom-coms Fiona despises, there's a twist that threatens her new love. Sam doesn't know the full story behind her breakdown. What happens when she reveals the truth?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 49 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 26 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #37,456 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#559 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,361 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,181 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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The story presents itself as a book that takes place after the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, and focuses on the life of ex-child star Fiona as she navigates the potential reboot of her show, many years after it was canceled because of her wild-child behavior. Initially, this plot sparked my interest and I was fully prepared to read how Fiona’s story played into the #MeToo movement. However, we were never really introduced to this aspect of Fiona’s life until pretty close to the end of the book, and I think that was what was missing that would have made me love this book. I needed to read more about what happened after Erin’s series of articles came out, and how all of this played out for Fiona.
Now what I did really enjoy about this book was the chemistry between Fiona and Sam. I loved seeing how they progressed from teenage costars, to eventually each other’s love interest. They shared so many playful back and forth moments, and even a few steamy scenes. Their relationship was definitely the highlight of the book for me!
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🎬Friends to Lovers
🎬Former child star and struggling actor
🎬Hollywood post #Metoo
CW - past trauma (don't want to spoil anything), PTSD, cancer, depression.
This was my first book from Katie Cotugno and I read it in one sitting. I was completely swept up in this story and these characters but I was left a liiiiil bit wanting.There is so much here with Fiona and Sam, together and as individuals and I just wish we could have gotten more of their stories.
Former child actor Fiona St. James crashed and burned in front of everyone. The tabloids said she'd lost her mind. Years later Fiona believes her past is behind her, she’s working at her family’s print shop and hanging out with her younger sister and elderly neighbor. She is extremely private at this point in her life and has no desire to act again.
Sam Fox played her older brother on the television show Birds of California. He loves all the celebrity perks. His current show gets canceled and there is a call to revive Birds of California but the powers that be wont do it without Fiona.
Sam tracks her down and Fiona agrees to lunch together. What happens next takes them both by surprise. Long drives to the beach, late nights at dive bars . . . But then the other shoe drops, the shit hits the fan, and Fiona has to confront some stuff from her past that might end her and Sam.
Thank you to @katiecotugno and @Netgalley for providing me with a copy!