Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5
Title: Boyfriend Material
Author: Alexis Hall
Series: Boyfriend Material #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook Listening Copy
Narrator: Joe Jameson
Length: 13 hours
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Dreamscape Media
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Source: Libro.fm ALC program
Recommended for fans of: Red, White, & Royal Blue; lgbtq+ romance, fake dating, enemies to lovers

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. 

MY THOUGHTS

I adored this hilarious and heartwarming fake dating romance. Luc, a child of celebrities, needs to clean up his public image. Enter Oliver, a friend of a friend. They’ve never cared for each other and seem to have nothing in common, but before you know it, enemies to lovers sparks are flying. This romance focuses more on the relationship than the steam (one fade to black scene), but I didn’t feel like anything was missing.

Both Luc and Oliver had complicated relationships with their families. Luc attempts to reconnect with his absent rockstar father, while Oliver struggles to meet his family’s expectations. It’s difficult to discuss these relationships without spoilers, but I was more satisfied with how Luc’s family storyline resolved than Oliver’s. Luc grew so much throughout the story in terms of understanding his wants, needs, and self-worth, but Oliver’s character development was not quite to the same level.

I knocked half a star off my rating because the ending felt so rushed….what kind of romcom doesn’t have an epilogue?! It needed one.

Thank you to libro.fm and the publisher for gifting me the ALC in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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