The Charm Offensive

Atria. Sept. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781982170714. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Dev Deshpande has worked behind the scenes of Ever After for years, crafting perfect scripted love stories for television while his own love life is in shambles. Tasked with transforming the show’s new awkward and closed-off star—an anxious, neurodivergent tech wunderkind—into reality TV’s next Prince Charming, Dev throws himself into work. But getting Charlie Winshaw to open up on camera is harder than the muscles in Charlie’s superhero physique. Dev will try anything—including fake dating and practice intimacy—to make it work. What will happen when Charlie starts falling in love with Dev instead of the women he’s contractually obligated to woo? What will come of Dev opening up for the first time in his life?
VERDICT With its lush locales and LGBTQ and BIPOC representation, this novel shines, especially for readers underrepresented or underappreciated in mainstream romance. For fans of Kate Stayman-London’s One To Watch and Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue.
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