Review: Birds of California


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?

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–page-turning escapist fun in the spirit of Beach Read, The Kiss Quotient, and Red, White and Royal Blue.

Rating: 4-stars


Birds of California by Katie Cotugno is a romantic comedy that starts off with a slow burn. I was not sure of the story until I got passed the beginning. There was humor throughout the book. That was one of the elements that I loved. The characters were quirky yet real. I enjoyed Fiona St. James. She was not like most former stars. She is easy to understand and relate to, as well as being likable. She had weird people coming up to her and being jerks. Her past is filled with a secret and her former co-star finally learns of this much later in the book. At first, he was an absolute goofball, not serious about anything, and just barely handling his life. Then, when things hit home, he gets an offer that could send his life back to good status. Yet, it all depends on whether Fiona will accept to be in the film again. He sets out trying to convince her to say yes. But he and Fiona have a mess to untangle and a lot of intense pressure to handle. I loved how I could feel their sparks flying everywhere. This was one entertaining read.

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