Boyfriend Material

Boyfriend Material

eBook - 2020
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc, 2020
ISBN: 9781728206158
1728206154
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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RandomLibrarian Jul 29, 2020

Review excerpt: "I laughed so hard at this wonderful book, and I cried a little as well. 'Boyfriend Material' is a contemporary m/m romance/rom-com set in England. Because it’s all told from one character’s point of view and is focused on that character’s personal and romantic development, it fits the rom-com structure more than romance. Either way you look at it, prepare to laugh and be prepared to swoon."

Source: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/boyfriend-material-by-alexis-hall/

JCLHeatherMi Jun 16, 2020

It’s rare that a book can make you laugh on virtually every single page but Boyfriend Material was successful. I loved it from start to finish and the short chapters made it even more difficult to put down. Luc is the son of a rock star father and he’s been in a downward spiral for a while. In order to clean up his image, Luc starts fake-dating Oliver, an up-tight, respectable lawyer. It is only supposed to last until they both have a partner for upcoming events, but along the way they start to fall for each other and the fake lines become more blurred.

As the main character, Luc’s voice is fresh and funny and while he’s a bit of a despicable dumpster fire of a human being, he also manages to be loveable and sympathetic. Readers will be pleased and surprised as they follow along with his character growth.

Oliver’s character is a bit more difficult to accept at first. His dialogue seems a bit more forced in a “does anyone actually speak like this?” kind of way. But as the story moves on you begin to see the cracks in his armor and Luc discovers that Oliver is not as perfect as he thought—and thoroughly accepts and loves him for it.

The plot contains several of the best romance tropes: fake-dating, enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract. It makes things a bit predictable but it’s the journey that’s important and while I knew it was coming, the breakup still blind sighted me.

As LGBTQ novel, the story included a strong, encouraging community in Luc’s friends, co-workers, and family. It emphasized the importance of this kind of support in a sweet, playful way. On the flip side, it offered views on the microaggressions that come with acceptance vs inclusion from Oliver’s parents and Luc’s charity donors.

If you’re looking for a funny, sweet, romantic summer read (that’s also delightfully British), this one’s for you!

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