“I don’t know if the specific label is important to me.”
“It doesn’t have to be,” she says, “and you’re not obligated to figure it out, or come out, or explain yourself to anyone, ever.”
For Pride Month, I wanted to challenge myself to read something out of my comfort zone. Generally when I come across a queer love story it’s baked into a larger story. Other than Red, White and Royal Blue I hadn’t read a queer focused contemporary romance and I had the perfect ARC waiting for me on Netgalley.
The Charm Offensive is a twist on the Bachelor trope, which of course is my jam, and frankly if they ever had a season like this on the real show it would be amazing. Charlie who is your typical gorgeous tech company owner goes on the show to polish up his image after a work breakdown. As the season progresses he begins to reveal his truths to his handler Dev, he’s not as put together as he appears. Dev is an openly gay producer who also struggles with his mental health. The two form a bond that changes them both forever.
This story is exactly what this world needs right now to help build empathy and understanding. It illustrates the challenges trying to fit into the heteronormative expectations of love and societal norms of mental health. I adored how the story played out and would love to see more stories where characters truly lay themselves bare and yet their evolution is not perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
This one is not out til September but get your pre-orders in!