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The Charm Offensive


Title: The Charm Offensive

Author: Alison Cochrun

Publisher: Atria Books


Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Many months ago an editor at Atria Books emailed me and asked me if I wanted to read a book that was very near and dear to her heart and the “next queer rom com obsession”. I was flattered and delighted; I graciously accepted. Thank you to @netgalley for providing that opportunity. @atriabooks also recently #gifted me a finished copy which is perfect because this is a book that I am going to want to read again and again. So rarely when you finish a book do you have the feeling that you immediately want to start it over, but that is how I felt with The Charm Offensive.

The early reviews have been spot on for this book; It has phenomenal LQBTQ+ and mental health representation. Though, I can only personally speak of the mental health portion as a 41 year old straight woman. Don’t let these things shy you away from reading this book. Also, don’t let the reality tv dating show ‘Ever After’ aka The Bachelor plot sway you either. I don’t personally watch The Bachelor or a lot of television and this plot was still very easy to connect with. It was funny and charming just like our main characters Dev and Charlie.

Dev is a producer on the reality tv show ‘Ever After’. He believes in what he does. He believes in love, fairy tales, and happy ever afters. He has been the most successful producer on the show, just not in his own love life. He’s going through an awful breakup.

Charlie in and anti-romantic genius. He does’n’t believe in true love. He’s only agreed to to come on ‘Ever After’ to rehab his image and get his job back at his big tech company. He’s stiff and anxious and has no idea how to date 20 woman for the cameras.

Somewhere along the way, as Dev keeps setting Charlie up with woman for the show; Something happens stirs in Charlie. Something that maybe was there all along.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book so freaking much. The characters were such a delight. I loved the way Dev handled Charlie with such care. I loved the way Charlie saw all of Dev and wanted too. Not just the fun side Dev usually showed people. I loved that their dating consisted of simple getting to know you. Remembering the little things the other person liked. It doesn’t always have to be grand gestures. Please, please, please put this one on your TBR!

Out today 9/7. Happy Pub Day!!!

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