Thursday Jun 02, 2022

The Charm Offensive

Happy Pride Month! Today's episode features the lovely Queer romance The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun. This book is perfect for people who love trashy ridiculous dating reality tv or those who just love romance! As always, we talk about spoilers in the book episodes. So if you haven't read it, and don't want spoilers, pick up the book and come back once you've finished! Or if you're like Rachel and enjoy spoilers, then keep on listening!

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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.

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