BOOK REVIEW: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive  by Alison Cochrun


Release Date: September 7, 2021

Page Count: 368 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.

In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy—reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch—an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer.


I absolutely loved this book! A twist on the TV reality show trope and I highly enjoyed every second of the book.

I loved the mental health rep and the queer side characters. It takes about anxiety, OCD, depression and also about asexuality. Dev and Charlie have great chemistry from the beginning and I loved seeing them slowly open up and fall for each other.

Both the characters are real and flawed but perfect together. All I wanted was for Dev to finally get the Happily Ever After he deserves and I was incredibly happy by the end of the novel. And Charlie completely stole my heart. He was so adorable, especially when Dev makes him blush.

Highly recommend this book to everyone looking for queer take on the dating reality shows with a swoony romance, only one bed, over-the-top romantic gestures and more. That ending was absolutely perfect!

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Buy Links: Amazon US  | Amazon UK

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