Boyfriend Material

, #1

paperback, 432 pages

Published July 6, 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

ISBN:
978-1-7282-0614-1
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4 stars (24 reviews)

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 …

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reviewed Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (London Calling, #1)

Review of 'Boyfriend Material' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

So, after the first of Alexis Hall's books I read wasn't for me (Something Fabulous - it's probably me, though, not the book), I am thrilled that this one has pretty much blown me away. It's earnest, touching, delightfully British (I lived in the UK for 5 years and got really nostalgic) and laughing-out-loud funny in more places than I could keep track of. I kept bursting into laughter. I love that dung beetles play such an important role. (Really. I'm from a family of part-time coleopterologists.)
One of my very favourite romances ever.

reviewed Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (London Calling, #1)

Review of 'Boyfriend Material' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

What an interesting idea and it worked quite well. The story had me want to continue reading. Obviously some things did seem slightly exaggerated but the humour with how Britain works (peers and all of that) made me chuckle from time to time as well.
Hearing that there is gonna be a sequel I am curious how that is gonna be, since I cannot necessarily see it being as good as this one. Tough crowd to follow.

reviewed Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (London Calling, #1)

Review of 'Boyfriend Material' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I like to dip my toe into queer romance here and there, and these books are the reason why. This was a funny, quick witted, enjoyable read about a "fake relationship" gone 'real'. At times, it got surprisingly genuine, but for the most part it was an idealized story about a hopeless mess up of a guy and his hopeless romantic counterpart. This hit a lot of the standard beats you might expect from typical romance book but hey, if it aint broke... The queer aspect is definitely what kept me interested, but don't make the mistake of assuming that the plot could easily be translated for a straight couple. The 'queer variable' was of central importance to the development of the characters and I found to be done very sensitively. There were a few subplots that I wish were tied up better or had abrupt endings, but that didn't …

reviewed Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (London Calling, #1)

Review of 'Boyfriend Material' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

3.5 stars but I'm rounding up to 4.

What's the genre that's like Bridget Jones but features gay protagonists? Since I can't really call it chick lit, can I call it d*ck lit? In any case, that's what this book reminded me of: Bridget Jones but with better developed, more sympathetic leading characters and a supporting cast that each deserves his/her own spin-off. I'm not usually big on romance, but this felt like more than just a romance. It was about family and identity and each person's own brand of screw-up – with the right dose of laughs and redemption along the way. I would call it cute, but it was more than that.

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