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The Charm Offensive: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, 7 September 2021
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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.
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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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (7 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1797133888
- ISBN-13 : 978-1797133881
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.79 x 14.22 cm
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There’s something so interesting about being on the set of a reality TV show – we all know that there is drama going on behind the scenes of these shows, so I really enjoyed getting a look behind the curtain, even if it just for a fictional story. Alison also shines a light on the toxic side of reality television, which is a refreshing spin on stories that tend to glorify or gloss over the dark side of this industry.
On their own, Dev and Charlie’s stories are really interesting and both dive into mental health with a look at anxiety, OCD, panic disorder and depression, as well as coming to terms with one’s sexuality. Together, they’re friendship-turned-relationship is super sweet, and honestly couldn’t get enough of them.
This book NEEDS to be adapted into a TV series because I need to see this relationship unfold onscreen – all romance fans need to put this book at the top of their TBRs and fall in love with Dev and Charlie’s story. I’m already excited for Alison’s next book, and I lowkey need a sequel to follow the next Ever After season.
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All that said, the ending really didn’t sit right with me. I don’t like big Hollywood endings when all is glitter and glitz, especially when it seems so nonsensical and out of place. But that’s just personal taste for you, I guess?
Fantastic Read. Thank you Alison Cochrun.