Our Bookseller says:A charming, compulsively readable rom-com with characters I rooted for from page one. The romance between Charlie and Dev was wonderful, but the real heart of the story lies in the exploration of understanding mental health. Charlie has OCD and anxiety, Dev has depression, and as someone with the triple whammy cocktail of all three, I found both of their experiences to be affirming and starkly relatable.It was so lovely to read about a character with OCD that looks like mine, as well as a storyline that doesn’t gloss over the really ugly parts of depression. Cochran explores heavy topics, but she also deftly writes a beautiful romance about two people finding themselves and each other. – Gaby
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.