Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Title: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Representation: LGBTQIA+

Trope: Fake Dating, Enemies to Lovers-ish

Summary:

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.

I deeply loved this book both as I read it and I listened to it on audio. The plot was not quite as light as I thought it might be, but that does not mean I regret reading it. I bought it for a reason (in print), and I’m so glad my library had the audiobook for me to listen to as well.

Luc ❤❤❤ Oh gosh, Luc who is so damn awkward and doesn’t really know what to do or how to do it. You both annoyed me and made me want to hug you big time. And his dad. God what an asshole. Seriously, world’s biggest asshole.

Oliver Blackwood, you “normal” charming loveable man. He also made me a little frustrated more than once but these two together are just awesome. They break my heart as much as they make me fall in love.

This book hurt me, and pieced me back together, it made me laugh, it made me cry and ultimately just had me wishing I could read or listen to it again for the first time all over again.

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