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Boyfriend Material

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Unfortunately, I do not think I am the audience for this book. It was just not working for me. The writing style didn't click and I couldn't find enthusiasm for continuing to read it.
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This broke me out of a fiction slump lemme tell you. SO. GOOD.

I would recommend this book to ANYONE who were fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue because this was very much in the same vein. Enemies to lovers. Friends to lovers. Whatever. It ended up being so sweet that it gave me cavities.
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Okay, this book was so great. While Luc was a hot mess at times, I couldn’t help but root for him and Oliver to get there happily ever after. Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC!
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Boyfriend Material is a truly funny rom com that has a lot of heart. Luc's absent dad is a beloved celebrity in England which means that unfortunately Luc lives his life in the spotlight. When another comprising photo is released of him he is forced to rehab his image to keep his job. A friend sets him up with reliable Oliver who is seemingly the perfect person. Oliver is also in need of a date for an upcoming event in his life so they strike up a deal to enter into a fake relationship with one another. But fake dating starts to feel like real dating and the chemistry between the two of them is undeniable. 

I absolutely adored this romance. Luc is a lovable mess and part of what makes this book so heartwarming is watching him evolve through the events of the book. And Oliver is so serious and it was wonderful to see Luc bring out his lighter side. And the relationship between the two of them is absolutely swoon worthy. There are so many incredible moments between the two of them and it was such a great pay off to see their walls come crumbling down. 

Both our heroes have complicated family dynamics that can be tough to read. They each have at least one parent that is truly awful and there is also mentions of disordered eating so this book does have some heavy moments to it. And of course they both encounter homophobia, which in more than one case is almost normalized. It is an unfortunate reality and I appreciate that Hall included it. However, the darker elements of this story are well balanced out by both the humor and the sweetness of the romance. 

If you are looking for a romance that will give you all the feels and also make you laugh out loud than this is a book that you need to pick up. I read this book awhile ago and I'm still swooning over Luc and Oliver.
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This was such a delightful read. A tropey romance that ticked all the right boxes. I would definitely recommend it.
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I tried to read this book twice, after giving up a few pages in orgininally when I wasnt in the mood I recently decided to try agian and I am so glad that I did! This book was just what I needed to break me out of a reading slump. It was funny and sweet and all the characters were very likeable. Even though the fake dating trope has been done over and over again, Alexis Hall's writing is so charming I just couldnt put this book down!
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I wanted to love this book, but I didn't. This is the story of my life when it comes to Alexis Hall books. However, I am writing this after Husband Material which I enjoyed more than this one.
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Luc has got to get his life – and press – under control. Famous for having famous parents, his negative stories in the tabloids are threatening his job. The solution: find a boyfriend to be seen and photographed with so his life will appear on track. And he does. Oliver, a successful lawyer, agrees to be his fake boyfriend. But then the fake begins to feel pretty real. Such a fantastic rom-com! Wonderful blend of romance and comedy, problem and solution (or try at solution)! I especially like that it’s steamy without every detail of sex. The characters are fun, and even the minor characters have distinguishable personalities. I love Alex and Priya! This would make a great movie. It’s hilarious and sweet!

In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I didn’t like Luc in chapter one. But by chapter three, I was hooked!
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I liked the opposite attract fake dating however I didn’t really like Luc which had me reading mostly for Oliver(who was awesome) I felt like the book was a bit long and by the end I was over the break up/get together game. 

I can see why this will work though because the snark is fantastic and there were a lot of times I was really enjoying it.
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I can't believe it took me this long to read this adorable m/m romance about the son of two famous former musicians who needs a fake boyfriend to refurbish his image. The story was sweet and not too steamy, and just an all-around excellent comfort read. Exactly what I needed right now. Alexis Hall's done it again!
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Fake dating? Idiots to lovers? Put my name all over it!

When Luc is suddenly thrust back into the spotlight, after his rockstar did decides to make a comeback after 20 years, Luc is forced to get a nice boyfriend to clean up his image. That comes in the form of the Oliver Blackwood, vegan barista and charming to boot. 

The characters were so unique and interesting. I loved the dialogue and chemistry between the two leads though the humor fell flat for me at times. 

When the leads finally got together, I literally screamed a little. It was swoon-worthy. 

I do wish the secondary characters had been fleshed out a bit more but there was no issue with the main characters so I was still satisfied with all the developments.
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Cute Queer Romance 

I have not idea why it has taken me this long to read this book. I think it was all the hype around it that always puts me off however, I am pleased to say that I adored this super cute queer romance book. I have now added several of Alexis Hall's books to my tbr. 

So the book. The book is about Luc O'Donnell professional shall we say Fu*k up, the estranged son of rock a legend, whatever he does seems to turn to go wrong and this is now bleeding into his work. I mean his job is fun isn't it, he works PR for Charity CRAPP - its for the Dung beetles! Luc has been in the papers one too many times and this is now making the benefactors of the Charity pull out one by one and he has been given an ultimatum. Get yourself clean and out of the papers or find a new job - this is where Luc's crazy bunch of friends come into play and Oliver Blackwood. Oliver Blackwood is the opposite of Luc, he is put together, works hard, exercises, eats well and does the right thing. 

Both Luc and Oliver agree to "Fake Dating" Luc so he won't lose his job and throw some positive light on his love life, and for Oliver to be able to take someone to his parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. They have rules and everything - its actually quite smart and fun what they come up with. 

Honestly this book was such a breeze to read, not only are the characters hilarious, I love Luc and Oliver they are two such great leading men, but also the side characters that add that little pizazz to the book. Its 100% a British rom-com but better, there is sarcasm, wit, humour, romance, heartbreak, hope, growth and some soul searching.. It has the fake dating trope, as well as a little enemies to lovers, friends to lovers vibes. Honestly the book was unputdownable - I flew through the book within two days it was that good. 

Not only are the characters engaging but I honestly fell in love with the pair of them. They both were going through some serious issues and self doubt but it was great to see that they had a bunch of friends and family in Luc's case to support them. I ad a massive smile on my face when I was reading this book and I didn't want it to end. I love that it was left open for another book, maybe following another character but seeing as I have an arc lets just say you need to read this book.
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A cute fun story with one of my favorite troupes. Oliver and Lucien were fantastic and they really made the story feel like it was actually happening out in the real world.
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This delightfully sweet book earns every bit of the happily ever after - there’s real growth with the characters that lends itself nicely to a sequel & you find yourself feeling like this book could not have been shorter without sacrificing important aspects of the plot. I truly enjoyed it & will be picking up book #2!
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Ok so I will say I took my every astronomically slow time getting to this book. After reading RWARB I wasn't jumping at the chance to read anything even close to it. MY APOLOGIZES!!! A friend told me "Opal trust me and go for it" and I decided to take the reluctant plunge. I loved this book! Luc and Oliver are just😍😍😍 I needed this and I didn't even know it. So much better than I was anticipating and I can't wait for Husband Material!!! All happy feels and I'm not even going spoil it with thoughts. Just👏 Read👏It👏
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I loved this book! This was such a fabulous read. I l adore the fake dating trope, Luc and Oliver were destined for each other in my opinion! London is a great setting, the cover draws you in too. The banter between the Luc and Oliver, plus their friends makes it enjoyable. I loved getting lost between the pages, I read this book in one sitting, that is the highest compliment I can give to an author! Highly recommend!
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I tried really hard to get into this book and it's completely possible it was just my mindset at the time. I can see myself enjoying Boyfriend Material at a later date but right now, it just wasn't for me.
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This is great for fans of Red, White, & Royal Blue and readers who love romantic comedies. This is a light-hearted, fake-dating romance between two men who are desperate to not be alone. The main characters are flawed and lovable and endearing. The tone of this book is comedic, with lots of poking fun at posh British people, ridiculous situations, and generally low stakes. What's special about this story is how the two characters share intimate moments without a lot of sex. In terms of spicy romance, this book is fairly mild, but the chemistry between these two men is exciting and will have readers wanting more. The main characters also have several well-developed relationships with friends and family that add to their character arcs and relationship dynamics. The sequel can't come soon enough!
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I loved this one! Each character and their backstop was well developed. Their romantic arc was believable and I was invested in their story throughout. Two thumbs up!
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So good, so gay. Tropetastic and filled with fake dating and Only One Bed and everything else you could dream of.
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