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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Finola Hughes, Digby Diehl Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781597373302
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Having escaped to Hollywood after catching her boyfriend in bed with her best friend, London stage actress Kate McPhee is offered a gig on the popular daytime television series Live for Tomorrow. As Devon Merrick—police detective, car crash victim, and love interest for at least two men—she knows all the secrets and sins pulsating in fictional Hope Canyon. But the real drama is off the set, where the soap is indeed slippery.

Enter Meredith Contini, the show’s power-wielding diva. Meredith has two rules: Know your place and Stay in it. Kate broke both on day one, which is why she suddenly found her character switching sexual orientation. That brilliant solution came from Daphne del Valle, the show’s barking-mad obsessive/compulsive producer, who drives herself and her actors to enthrall the audience. (“Sell the hurt. Sell the rage. Sell the hunger. Sell the loooooove.”)

As gay detective Devon Merrick, Kate is a smash. The show is a hit. But Kate’s private life seems to be becoming something of a drama itself. Especially since everybody thinks she really is gay, which is a problem since she thinks the best cure for her real-life broken heart is to get a man into her bed. But who? Kirk, her sexy, tan, and talented leading man, is involved with Meredith. There’s Matt, the magician who makes her tea, but will her fourteen-hour days keep them from the promise of tangled sheets? And there’s Wyatt, her handsome new co-star, who Kate believes is the great love of her life. Except that he’s married, and his wife, Christine, is Kate’s new makeup artist and the one sane friend she has made in Los Angeles.

As the line between television and reality blurs with increasing speed, tension tightens and passions surge. Does Wyatt want Kate as much as she wants him? Will Christine find out? Will Kate lose her new friend? Will Meredith finally have Kate fired? Will Kate ever get to “come out” as heterosexual on the set? Are her steamy kiss scenes fated to be only with beautiful women?

Emmy Award–winning actress Finola Hughes whips up a frothy, scathingly funny novel worthy of any afternoon time slot in this delicious romp that takes listeners through the twists, turns, and dish that drive the madness that is daytime television.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirjam | 9/17/2013

    " unbearably smug and mean-spirited. I stopped reading after 50 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/5/2013

    " A story of a soap-star. Entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haughtmomma | 5/23/2013

    " It just ended. Seemed very anti-climactic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabel | 9/22/2012

    " entertaining if you want a mindless book with no real plot to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 9/9/2012

    " CD that I listened to in the car on my commute. It was fine for that. British actress on an American soap. Characters were engaging enough for the commute. Ending unsatisfactory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 6/3/2012

    " I've been enjoying this so far...I'm glad I persevered (this is the 3rd time I've checked it out at the library). My favorite line is "If a**holes could fly, this would be an airport"...LOVE it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorentia | 5/16/2012

    " Very very very boring. Many unfinished plots. Better as a door stopper =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/15/2012

    " Short, not much of a story, but very cute. I liked the ending. This is a just for fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saundra Weed | 3/10/2012

    " hard to get into but good once you finally get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/7/2011

    " I really didn't like the ending of this one!! It could have been so much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian Kern | 11/15/2011

    " Genuinely don't understand why this is getting such bad reviews.. I found it to be a great light read. Amusing, interesting plotline, and unlike most books set in Hollywood or the TV scene, it didn't feel cliche and cheesy. I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 9/4/2011

    " Biat-chy, funny, but had abrupt ending... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffanie | 5/20/2011

    " I did not even finish this book. I wouldn't recommend it and I made sure to remember the name so I could not accidentally read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/27/2011

    " Short, not much of a story, but very cute. I liked the ending. This is a just for fun book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tiffanie | 6/10/2010

    " I did not even finish this book. I wouldn't recommend it and I made sure to remember the name so I could not accidentally read it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 5/23/2010

    " I've been enjoying this so far...I'm glad I persevered (this is the 3rd time I've checked it out at the library). My favorite line is "If a**holes could fly, this would be an airport"...LOVE it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/11/2009

    " A story of a soap-star. Entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabel | 9/20/2009

    " entertaining if you want a mindless book with no real plot to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saundra | 5/19/2009

    " hard to get into but good once you finally get there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mirjam | 4/7/2009

    " unbearably smug and mean-spirited. I stopped reading after 50 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haughtmomma | 11/13/2008

    " It just ended. Seemed very anti-climactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/10/2008

    " I really didn't like the ending of this one!! It could have been so much better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 4/22/2008

    " Biat-chy, funny, but had abrupt ending...
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorentia | 2/5/2008

    " Very very very boring. Many unfinished plots. Better as a door stopper =) "

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About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.