Alison Cochrun comes to the blog with a story of reality television, Cinderella, dreams coming true and fate taking over with
The Charm Offensive
To start with – I ADORED both of the MC’s in this story: Charlie and Dev are both a bit ‘lost boy’, with their own individual issues of anxiety, depression, OCD, family struggles and romantic dearth, and while Dev is successfully producing a “bachelor-like” dating show, he’s managed to play within his love for happily ever after and fairy tales to great effect. Charlie, however, is the latest disgraced tech wunderkind – and the show is simply an attempt to revamp his image and regain some of his confidence – which has taken a massive hit.
Throughout the story (and it is a formulaic rom com, without huge deviations from the tried and true) we get to know both Dev and Charlie, see them with all their struggles, their attempts to deal with their own mental health issues and challenges, and the chemistry between the two that is hard to deny, even though twenty eager women are clamoring for Charlie’s attention and highlights from the cameramen and women on set.
What Cochrun has done here is create two very real, very appealing and engaging characters that you want to root for – despite the oddity of their initial meeting and the cross-purposes that fate (and their obvious attraction to one another) has for them. With plenty of moments to discuss and share tactics for dealing with both anxiety and depression: making many of the challenges and quirks easy to recognize and accept, the story goes from one high point to another as we see the two develop a friendship, then a relationship until all is as it should be in their world. A lovely, surprisingly deep story that resonates with finding your dream man in the midst of your often contrived fairy tale setting, and just how satisfying that can be.
Title: The Charm Offensive
Author: Alison Cochrun
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Depression, Humor elements, Interracial, LGBTQ, Male / Male, Mental Health, Multi-Cultural, Romantic Elements, Sociological Relevancy
Published on: 7 September, 2021
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 52 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.