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ARC Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Publication Date: July 7th


Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. 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. 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. Read More.

My Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reading this book made me realise that I can’t read for shit.

I went into this thinking it was gonna get a hate to love, fake dating romance between a wild child Rockstar and a hipster barista. I got it half right. This is in fact a hate to love, fake dating romance however the characters are actually the estranged son of a Rockstar and a barrister who definitely cannot be described as “a hipster”.

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realise my mistake.

Boyfriend Material follows Luc O’Donnell, the estranged son of Rockstar whose recent comeback has pushed Luc into the limelight too. Because British tabloids are the worst Luc’s job is put in jeopardy unless he can reform his public image. And so him and the perfectly respectable and put together Oliver Blackwood agree to fake date each other to improve Luc’s public image.

This book has a lot of great tropes that I loved:

  • Fake Dating.
  • Hate to love.
  • Bed sharing.
  • A healthy relationship with actual communication and mutual love and respect between two characters despite their flaws and mistakes and personal struggles.

I really liked the main characters, Luc and Oliver. I liked their relationship and how it passed from fake dating to real feelings, but I also liked their individual character arcs. Luc is kind of in a life slump at the beginning (#relatable) but over the course of the book we see him grow, pull himself together, etcetera. Oliver on the other hand seemingly has his life in order but we learn not everything is as perfect as it seems which I personally thought was great to see. Just because someone’s life looks perfect, doesn’t mean it is.

I also really liked the side characters; Oliver’s friend group, Luc’s co-workers, parents and friend group (whose WhatsApp group chat was ever changing from “Queer Comes The Sun” to “Don’t Luc Back in Anger” and other lyrical puns I forgot to highlight).

I’ve got to say though this book is kind of obnoxious and my East Yorkshire born-Council Estate raised arse could not relate, but I think that’s just the overall vibe of the book and you’ve got to lean into it.

Overall I really liked this book. It was entertaining and funny to the point where I was laughing out loud several times. It was also super easy to read and enjoy considering I read mostly YA and this is Adult and I highly recommend it.

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