Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

I received an ALC thanks to Libro FM as part of their ALC Influencer program. All opinions are my own.

Title: Boyfriend Material
Author: Alexis Hall
Genre/s and Tags: Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ+/Queer, Fiction, 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.

Showing off my ALC on my Instagram (@foreverinastory) ID: A photo of my iPod touch on a log slice. The audiobook of Boyfriend Material is displayed on the screen. It is surrounded by white/red flora, Apple headphones and two colorful scrunchies and a ghost shaped keychain. 

Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH.

Luc O’Donnell is vaguely famous thanks to his father’s music career. With this added spotlight, it makes his normal life harder than the average person. When he’s photographed falling on pavement after coming out of a club (he tripped, he wasn’t that drunk), his charity work tells him he needs to be seen as the “right kind of gay”. So he attempts to find the perfect fake boyfriend, enter Oliver Blackwood–vegetarian, barrister and single. Oliver is almost perfect, the only thing is he and Luc have nothing in common. But they agree to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends for the time being. It’s all fine and dandy until the fake dating begins to feel real.

If you liked Red, White & Royal Blue, read this book immediately. They both have a similar vibe and it was just so amazing!! Boyfriend Material made me so ridiculously happy. I did not stop smiling ONCE. I’m ready to read this again and let Oliver and Lucien rip my heart apart all over again. My only con, why wasn’t ending LONGER!?!

I loved Luc and Oliver together and as individuals, but anytime they were together they conversations killed me. I love the disorganized chaos that is Luc and the calm and collected order that is Oliver. Anytime Luc brought the smallest bit of disorder into Oliver’s life was bliss. SO GOOD!!

Also, I love that Luc has a super queer friend group! We need more queer and supportive friends. I really liked that being in a fake relationship with Oliver made Luc realize he kind of took his friends for granted. He did at least try to fix it a bit. I think Bridget was my favorite because she was a disaster straight and it made me laugh so damn hard.

Okay, this is the only con actually: Luc suffers from anxiety or PTSD from what his past ex did to him (or both) and has several neuroses because of this. Not once does anyone suggest maybe he should see a counselor for this?? And like I want to see therapy more normalized in romance books. Granted at least falling for Oliver doesn’t attempt to “fix” any of this for Luc, but still therapy is good y’all!

All in all, I HIGHLY recommend this. And I am going to go read all of Alexis Hall’s backlist thank you.

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