Saturday, September 4, 2021

Review: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive
by Alison Cochrun

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star.

Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off.

As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

Kritters Thoughts:  Dev is a producer on a Bacheloresque tv show and has been working behind the scenes for a long time helping hetero folks find love.  The bachelor on this season needs some help and while Dev usually deals with the lady contestants, he is brought in to coach Charlie the bachelor into love.  

Not to send out major spoils, but this is a romance and it is a LGBT romance and my first LGBT romance read.  For a multitude of reasons, I had never picked up a LGBT romance and when I saw this one cross my "desk", I thought this would be the perfect one to try as the overall premise - behind the scenes of Hollywood is already in my wheelhouse, so to start somewhere I know I will like and then throw in a different kind of romance, I was game.  

While I don't know the sub genres of LGBT romance, like I do with the hetero ones, this one was a "Oh wow, I didn't know I was gay" and while yes, it was my first LGBT romance, I am not sure if this sub genre is my jam.  I think I would prefer a good ole fashioned enemies to lovers or rekindled romance, so I am in pursuit to try another in a sub genre that I know I like.  

If you haven't ventured into the LGBT romance aisle of romance books, I highly suggest.  The formula is still the same - falling in love, shit hit fan, resolution and happily ever after and no matter the gender of the couples, I love that formula!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 106 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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