The Charm Offensive

A Novel

368 pages

English language

Published Dec. 2, 2021 by Atria Books.

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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 …

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I like this book a lot. It talks about sexuality, it talks about identity, it talks about mental health. I think it lead to a breakthrough in my own mental health. I'm scared of letting people see the Mentally Ill me, I feel like I always need to strive to be "fun lapis" and I get down on myself when I can't manage that.

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