The Charm Offensive
The Charm Offensive
by Alison Cochrun
Published August 7, 2021
by Atria Books
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
This book was really well done! I love books that have really deep and meaningful messages but are still an overall FUN read! This book definitely encompasses those aspects perfectly!
Dev is a handler for a Bachelor-esque type show. When Charles is selected as the next Prince, it’s quickly evident that the producers will have a lot of speed bumps as Charles is anything but your typical reality star. Humble, shy, awkward, anxious, and totally uninterested in being there, Charles immediately struggles with his new role. However, Dev is a hopeless romantic and he is determined to help Charles find happiness, he just doesn’t realize that in doing so, he may have to open up and let himself find happiness as well.
This novel tackles A LOT. Most characters seemed to be suffering from a mental or psychological condition (depression, OCD, anxiety, etc.) and faced discrimination or a personal struggle with their sexuality, race, and/or gender. It subtly used a variety of pronouns and highlighted sexual orientations rarely seen in contemporary fiction. Part of me wanted more focus on a couple of these facets rather than the whole kitchen sink, but I’m not sure that any one could have been easily cut. I think that speaks to how well Cochrun developed the characters and executed the plot.
There was just enough laughs, steam, and drama to keep me turning the pages without being overwhelming or too repetitive. I also really liked that though the book was generally predictable, the last 15% really did surprise me in the best way!
Now I want a sequel with Angie’s quest for love as the first bisexual Princess please!
If you’re looking for a fun, progressive, inclusive read, this is one that cannot be missed.
Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.