Title: Boyfriend Material
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher: Source Books
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Page Length: 427
Genre: Romance (Rom-Com)
Age Range: Adult
Goodreads Synopsis: Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way
Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.
To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.
But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.
Thanks to Netgalley and Source Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Why? Why did I wait so long to read this? This is absolutely hilarious with it’s dry, sarcastic British humour (my kind of humour). Despite the humourous tone, there is still a lot of heart and seriousness to the book. We deal with self esteem (and how we can have low self esteem depending on who we’re around), family, rejection, and friendship. Luc at first feels like a typical brooding character who puts of a bad boy exterior, but we quickly learn that his has a lot of issues he needs to work through. Oliver, the love interest, is serious and caring, but we learn there is more to him than meets the eye. I love both of these characters for very different reasons – as different as their personalities – and I fully ship them!
I can’t go much into it without spoilers so gushing about this book is extra hard. It’s sweet and funny and it’s another book I managed to finish quickly – two sittings *shakes fist* (damn you work schedule) – and I was intrigued the entire way. Hall has such an easy, approachable writing style and I will be picking up anything else he writes! I think if you loved Red, White and Royal Blue then you’ll absolutely love this one – just keep in mind the sex scenes are fade to black so no smut in here.