The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

“Was that sarcasm? What? you’re capable of sarcasm now?” ” My system must have upgraded”.

Dev Deshpande helps people get them happily ever after on a show called Ever After (Similar to the Bachelor). Charlie doesn’t believe in true love but agrees to be the bachelor to rehabilitate his image. But things get complicated as Dev helps Charlie open up and get comfortable with the contestants and his idea of love.

This was such a fun, diverse, charming, and unique story. I enjoyed the pacing, writing and thought the plot was so fucking fun. Who doesn’t want to see the bachelor realize he’s actually gay?! I was hooked from beginning to ending. I’m so glad you get to see behind the scenes and the director’s notes, it was added so much to the story. I felt like the author did such a good job at showing only the parts I cared about.

Dev and Charlie struggle with their mental health and I appreciated that it wasn’t glamorized and was accurate. It was a joy was watching Dev and Charlie go from confused to in love. The romance is beautiful and focused a lot on growth and understanding the other person. The characters are unforgettable, complex, and show growth and development. I loved all of them! Jules, Parisa, Daphne and Angie are so great and I want more of them!!

It’s so charming, hilarious, progressive, thrilling, romantic and I can’t recommend this book enough! The only other books I can compare this to is Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch, and this is way way better. This book is releasing on September 7, 2021 so make sure to pick up your copy, you do not want to miss out.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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