Tuesday, November 23, 2021

2022 Most Anticipated Event - Birds of California

The next book on my 2022 most anticipated list is the first of a couple that are set in Hollywood. This one involves former co-stars, dive bars, and nights at the beach.

I have loved all the other books this author has written and cannot wait to see what she does with this delicious sounding read. My next pick is Birds of California by Katie Cotugno.

The Goodreads synopsis combined with the Hollywood setting definitely sold me on this one immediately.
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.

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?
Here are the top three reasons I cannot wait to read this book:

1. This states that it takes place in a post #MeToo Hollywood. We are just starting to get books told through this lens and I am particularly curious as to how Katie Cotugno will tell this specific story.

2. The fact that Katie Cotugno wrote this. Her characters are always so complex and real. They are flawed and that makes them feel all the more real. The romances that she writes are also pretty incredible.

3. The history between the main characters. They were on a hit television show together so there is going to be that full backstory to pull from. I expect it will only add to the chemistry between them.

Birds of California releases June 14, 2022 which seems to fit this book really well. The synopsis reminds me of summer (that might just be California though) and falling in love in the summer in particular.

You can find out more about Katie by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the next book on my 2022 most anticipated list. Do you love Hollywood set books as much as I do? Let me know in the comments.

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