August 24, 2021

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive by Alison CochrunThe Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Published by Atria Books on September 7, 2021
Genres: Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
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five-stars
Reading Challenges: Debut Author 2021, GoodReads

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About The Charm Offensive

The Charm Offensive is set on a reality tv show – think The Bachelor. Every season has to have it’s happily ever after.

Dev, an assistant producer on a reality matchmaking show, is used to creating happily-ever-afters for contestants. So when he’s assigned to handle new contestant, tech billionaire, and socially awkward, Charlie, he gives it his best shot to make that happily-ever-after happen.

Charlie has his own reasons for being a contestant – reasons that don’t involve finding his Ms. Right.

So what happens when they start to have feelings for each other – a definite no-no for the show?

My thoughts about The Charm Offensive

Big shout out to Alison Cochrun for creating such a gloriously diverse cast! Gender, sexuality, ethnicity – there’s a rainbow of characters and I love it. It all felt very authentic with no tokenism or awkwardness. I also appreciated her sensitive handling of mental health issues. Characters talked openly about challenges and therapy without stigmatizing them. And when characters were insensitive jerks, other characters rightfully called them on it.

The Charm Offensive is a warm snuggle of a workplace, friends to forbidden lovers romcom with some seriously endearing dorkiness. The banter was witty – I now use Dev’s word “puzzing” to describe doing jigsaw puzzles.

So many of his exchanges with Charlie had me giggling with delight. The romance was warm, sometimes adorably awkward and I was cheering for it during every longing glance along the way.

Both characters were so relatable and felt so right and authentic together, I couldn’t help but cheer for them. The plot moved quickly and there were satisfying resolutions to subplots that contributed greatly to the HEA.

In conclusion

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun is a glorious romcom mashup of One to Watch and Red, White, and Royal Blue.

Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC.

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About Alison Cochrun

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.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Debut Author 2021
  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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