The Charm Offensive pdf book is a witty and heartwarming romantic novel by Alison Cochrun.
The Charm Offensive Summary
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.
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About Alison Cochrun Author of The Charm Offensive pdf Book
Alison Cochrun is a high school English teacher living outside Portland, Oregon. When she’s not reading and writing queer love stories, you can find her torturing teenagers with Shakespeare, crafting perfect travel itineraries, hate-watching reality dating shows, and searching for the best happy hour nachos. You can find her on Instagram or at her website www.alisoncochrun.com
The Charm Offensive pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Atria Books (September 7, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982170719
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982170714
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #763 in Multicultural Romances
- #814 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Books)
- #2,425 in Humor & Entertainment (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048 ratings
The Charm Offensive Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Top romance of 2021 for this romance reader! Sweet and swoony perfection!
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2021
“”You know you still deserve to have this love story, right?” Charlie swallows a weird lump forming in the back of his throat. Dev’s fingers are still resting in his hair, and Charlie looks up. “You deserve love.””
I’m calling it. This may be my favorite read of the year. Inclusivity. Mental health awareness. Love. Romance. Laughs. Smiles. Heartbreak. I smiled and laughed a lot.
“Charlie is a mess, but so is Dev, and he can’t believe they found each other on this ridiculous show about fairy tale love.”
These guys are messes… but oh my goodness, they are messes in the sweetest, purest, most touching ways. This author has crafted a masterpiece of what it truly feels like to be honest and known by someone. There is angst- both internal and external- and I usually shy away from angsty reading AT ALL COSTS, but, you know what? It didn’t matter. The angst made for some really sweet and touching moments.
I have never seen an episode of the Bachelor and honestly- this made me glad of that fact because the breakdowns of how these shows *can* be crafted made me cringe… but I can totally see how reality tv lovers can thrive on this type of story!!
My only only wish, other than the point of view that occasionally took me out of the story, and something that is entirely my own opinion- even as I think this book is darn near perfect- is we saw Charlie opening doors and taking down his own barriers and being upfront and honest out loud time and time again while in private… and Dev remained silent… it almost made it feel like… like Dev wasn’t all in and I KNOW he was, because we can see what is going on on the inside, but it felt like Charlie’s romantic immaturity and neuro divergent-ness was exploited a bit. I wanted Dev to return his “I really really like you’s” rather than gifting him with silence. It hurt to read and it almost felt like Dev was taking advantage of the pure and socially different, Charlie. I understand that the end could not have happened without this and Dev taking his own health into his hands, but it was uncomfortable to read. Maybe that was the point.
Regardless. I couldn’t set this book down. I read my library copy as quickly as I could and I cannot wait to own my own copy. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting whatever comes next from this author.
If you enjoyed Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall, or Chloe Liese’s Bergman brothers series… this utterly unique one of a kind story has aspects of all of those and I know you will love this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sweet, and emotional romance
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
Socially awkward tech millionaire Charlie goes on a Bachelor-like reality show, but ends up falling for his producer/handler Dev.
I loved Charlie and Dev! One of my favorite tropes is “oblivious guys” and both these guys really deliver. Charlie is neurodivergent, awkward, has OCD, anxiety, panic attacks, and has had a disastrous dating life, and has never actually been attracted to anyone before. His upbeat handler Dev tries to coach him through filming each episode becoming his support system and closest confidant. The men spend all their time together behind the scenes, and Charlie learns there’s more to Dev than the “Fun Dev” persona he projects to the world and that Dev is dealing with bouts of depression. Both men are trying to hide their mental health issues, but become a safe space for each other and it’s really beautiful. There is a clear commentary in this book that we need to destigmatize mental health issues and treatment, and both characters need to learn that it’s not healthy to constantly try to act like someone you’re not. They need to accept who they are and what they need, and that maybe their ideas around love and what relationships should look like deserve closer inspection.
I also appreciated the way the women who were contestants were portrayed. I was afraid they would just be simpering airheads, but all of them, Angie and Daphne especially, were portrayed as real people who had their own motivations and were going through their own emotional journeys and all the drama between the women was due to the manipulations of the show’s producers. I also really liked the main female side characters, Jules, Parisa, and Skylar.
This book got a lot deeper than I was expecting and it was a wonderful surprise! It was funny, sweet, and really romantic – but also really touched me emotionally. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!! 12 out of 5 stars🌟
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
I’m not stingy with five star ratings. However, even if I were a hesitant 5-starer — if, say, I only gave out one or two a year — I can assure you with 100% certainty that The Charm Offensive would still get five stars. As it stands, I’m giving this book twelve stars (approximately one star for every hour I spent binge reading it), because sometimes the five point scale just can’t capture how much you love something.
The Charm Offensive is so deft, so caring in the way in handle so many different topics — topics I’ve seen butchered even by experienced authors I trust. The plot is romantic as hell and follows a familiar pace and is chock full of some of my favorite tropes. But also, it doesn’t shy away from more serious topics — things like mental health, and the importance of queer representation, and ace-spectrum identities, and journeys of queer self-discovery.
One of my favorite rants is the importance of queer representation in media. Not just because it’s important for queer youth and queer adults to see themselves represented, but also because seeing queer identities, queer romances, queer stories told and celebrated — for many people that can be the catalyst for looking inward and discovering truths about themselves. This book is practically an ode to that rant, and reading it made me feel whole and happy in a way that I can’t put into words.
Please, please read this book. It’s a charming (ha) romcom, it’s a love letter to neurodivergent folks, it’s a celebration of the representation that queer people are — and have been — fighting for. This book spoke to me, and I hope it speaks to you too. 12/5🌟
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