Book Review: Couture Crush by Charlie Novak

Couture Crush

Author: Charlie Novak
Series: Model Love multi-author series
Publisher: Independent (September 23, 2022)
Kindle edition
Romance, Adult contemporary romance, M/M romance


Beau Barrett is about to become Alt. Bride’s first male cover model, but what about his own fairy-tale ending?

When Beau Barrett arrives to shoot for alternative bridal magazine, Alt. Bride, the last person he expects to see is Cash, his long-lost childhood best friend. The spark between them is instant, but with Beau’s calendar splitting at the seams, he’s not convinced a relationship is possible.

Cash never thought he’d see Beau again, but now the make-up artist is determined to hold on to him. Cash’s life might be overflowing with events, but his crush on Beau can’t be ignored, especially when things between them feel so right.

All they have to do is navigate their jam-packed schedules, their spread-out living arrangements, and the modelling offer of a lifetime. It won’t be easy, but if they can do it, Beau and Cash might just get the chance to find the love they’ve always dreamed about.

Couture Crush is part of the Model Love multi-author series and is a 47,500-word, low-angst contemporary MM novel featuring childhood best friends, couture wedding gowns, arcade date nights, and plenty of fluff and steam. Each book can be read as a standalone, but there are so many models falling in love, why not read them all


Rating: 3 out of 5.

here’s really no conflict in this book, beyond both Beau and Cash worrying that they don’t have time for a boyfriend because they’re so busy with their careers. It’s basically a love story to descriptions of fashion, make-up, and food wrapped around a cozy little love story about two childhood friends reconnecting and immediately hitting it off.

I kept waiting through the entire book for the romantic plot to develop, for some conflict to come up, and it just never did. I skimmed the last 10% of the book because I was just sort of done with the in-depth descriptions of clothes and fashion shows and what modeling is like behind the scenes.

All in all, this is a beautifully written book if you’re looking for an exquisite word picture of modeling life, fashion, etc etc. And sure, there’s a romance in it, but with no actual conflict or plot to the romance plotline, it fell kinda of flat for me.

This is the first book in the multi-author Model Love universe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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