Friday 29 April 2022

Audio: Birds of California - Katie Cotugno

Narrated by: Julia Whelan

Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins

Release date: 04-26-22

Publisher: HarperAudio


To review

Fiona was a famous child star actor, and then she went off the rails. Years of crazy stunts until she disappeared from the public eye. But now they want a reboot of her old show and for her to star.

Sam is famous for his good looks, always a woman near and then he looses his show and needs money. Yes that reboot of his old ones does sound good. But how to make Fiona come onboard?

Fiona was just not running wild, there was something else too. We do learn what, but I would also have liked to learn the aftermath of it all. Fiona and Sam reconnect, and yes there is some romance too when they both realise there is something more.

I liked it. They both had their issues one way or other. It was more than a romance, it was truly about them too.

Good narration. I easily fell into the story. I have listened to one book by her before and she is a good at what she does.

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?


  1. The cover is pretty. Glad to hear this was a win!

  2. I like the old TV show reboot as a good setting for their romance.

  3. I've only read one book by the author and didn't love the way it ended so I haven't read anything else but this sounds good.

    And I can handle more on audio lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  4. Wow! That's a stunning cover.

    Ash @ Essentially Ash

  5. I've only read one book by her but I liked it!

  6. Sounds like it has a bit of an inner journey for both characters, which is always something I like in a book.

  7. I haven't read this author but the book does sound like it was good.

  8. Poor Fiona. I always feel bad for child stars.

  9. I have been curious about this one. It sounds pretty good!



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