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Boyfriend Material

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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 

I went into this sort of expecting a british Red, White and Royal Blue. And while similar because they’re both gay adult contemporaries, I ended up being surprised but pleased to discover this delves a little deeper. It’s still largely lighted hearted and it’s a lot of fun, but there’s also moments that challenge gaslighting and the pressures of being famous (or fame adjacent!) 

Luc is trying to save his reputation, and Oliver just wants a date to his parents party. I secretly love a fake dating trope and this didn’t disappoint. Though I desperately wanted Oliver to loosen up a bit for the first half - we eventually see him soften and get some insight into him which was lovely. Plus him being uptight really leant into that trope hard! Though as I often do with romances, I was yelling at the book for these boys to just TALK. OMG. 😂

Romance wise it was pretty cute, and I liked that it was a hopeful wrap up, while not completely tidying it all away. It felt honest to who the characters were. 

Good fun, and a lovely m/m contemporary read, with fab British humour. 4 stars.

I will say that because Harriet is so dark, I possibly didn’t quite connect as much as I wanted. And as much as I really enjoyed the end, the first main twist (while necessary for the story) didn’t quite work for me as it felt quite sudden? 

Those are why I gave it 3.5 stars. It’s definitely still fab, and I will be recommended it - especially for those looking for a spooky book this month.
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Boyfriend Material was honestly one of the best and most fun books I have read all year. It is a clever, hilarious, and moving slow burn queer romance full of delightful banter. It made me genuinely laugh out loud with no one around. The main characters are fully realized and incredibly lovable. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue.
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I always seem to be the odd one out with popular books.  BOYFRIEND MATERIAL has been getting raving reviews and I think a lot of that is deserved.  But for my taste, it didn’t quite hit it out of the park. One of the main characters is especially unlikeable for a decent part of this book.

Still, I think this book fits perfectly in with the reading mood for the Summer and you should consider putting it on your reading lists. A bit of humor, a bit of enemies and British flare. It’s an opposites attract, fake relationship romcom that is light-hearted and fluffy for the most part but does showcase some deeper issues as well. ⁠

Humor is a thing that is subjective and while I know many people found this book hilarious, for me it was a bit of a struggle in that regard. Some moments were funny but overall I didn’t get the “comedy” sense from it.  But even though it wasn’t the funniest for me, it was entertaining.⁠

I think fans of RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE will like this book. And if you didn’t like that because of the inclusion of some politics, then this will be the perfect one to try instead. I personally like Casey McQuiston’s book more than this one still, but I can see the correlation and how they both can leave you with the same warm fuzzy feelings in the end about the HEA. But be warned, don’t read them back to back! ;)⁠
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Boyfriend Material is an absolute stunner of a book and a gamechanger for LGBTQ+ romance. Alexis Hall is funny, smart, and charming with this latest book!
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This book was absolutely charming. I think what I loved most, aside from Luc and Oliver's beautiful and messy relationship, were the supporting cast. Luc's coworkers especially were constantly making me cackle, and I could honestly read a whole book of Luc just trying in vain to tell jokes in his workplace and constantly failing.
I did feel that the ending left a lot to be desired. We zoom through the mess of Oliver's family, then crawl through multiple scenes of Oliver rejecting Luc, and then BOOM HEA and fade to black. I would've liked to have spent a little more time soaking in that happy ending, maybe with an epilogue (bonus points if it included a joke for Alex or a trip to Wales!). But the rest of the book was delightful, even if I wanted to shake Luc CONSTANTLY. I'll definitely be recommending this one.
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This book was absolutely FANTASTIC. I loved every quirky little moment between Luc and Oliver, I enjoyed the side characters and the family involvement. I thought Luc’s mom was extremely well written and hilarious.  I could not put this by book down. I will auto buy anything from AlexisHall based in this book.
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Thank you netgalley and sourcebooks Casablanca for allowing me to read this early! I loved the characters & the story so much. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun sweet story!
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Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me finished copy of this book as well as the e-arc. 

This book was just the absolute cutest! I loved Luc's not-a-care-in-the-world attitude, but also, he really cares a lot and Oliver is just the cutest thing ever; perfect and poised, but there is so much more to him underneath the surface. These two polar opposites were destined to meet and be each other's shining light! We not only had a whirlwind slow-burn romance between these pages, but we had a deep look into some of the feelings and insecurities that plague many of us on a daily basis in a variety of ways. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed reading Luc and Oliver's story! There were times when I was giddy with delight, turned on, and some devastating moments, but they all pulled together to form this beautiful story. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun, romantic and witty read!
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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.
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An adorable and warm story of love, recognition, search and reconciliation. 


Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC 📖. 

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oh my god!!! this book was everything!!!<3333333
it's been a while since i read an adult book with no detailed intimate scenes and that was so refreshing to be honest!<3333 
this book was all about accepting oneself and asking for help when needed and i honestly needed that!!
i cried and laughed a LOT while reading it and god how much i needed that!!!!<33333
i'm so in love with oliver and luke and i SO WANT TO PROTECT THEM (and their friends) AT ALL COSTS!!
for now i have no words to describe it but if i have more i'll definitely edit it<333
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Stars: 5/5 - I changed my CAWPILE votes so it matched the rating I wanted to give it. Atmosphere was the only place it 'lacked' - I gave it a 7 because atmosphere for me is the description of the setting and how immersed I am and considering I was completely immersed, I bumped it to an 8, making it a CAWPILE of 5

I ADORED this novel. So freaking cute, all the feel good feels. Luc is me, I am Luc. He is my precious boy and I see so much of myself in him in terms of self esteem and depression. I feel like many can relate to the mental state Luc is in but it's likely not due to being the son of a rock star... nevertheless many of us fear relationships and being hurt from them, questioning if we are good enough and this book proves YES you are, you are deserving and sometimes it is worth that risk.

I also loved Oliver and all his weirdness - the family thing; I get it! So many topics in this story. So good and done so well!

I also really enjoyed the writing - it was simple and, again, immersive. I wanted to read. I was addicted. The plot was everything I wanted and everything I didn't know I needed. Should a New Adult version come out, i'm buying it (this is just YA... but still SO GOOD). I literally have no complaints - just twice I couldn't remember who a few side characters were... there are many... but it wasn't detrimental and did not deter me! 

Yeah... I can't rave about this story enough. Hall made me feel warm and fuzzy and I felt that romance and a lot of the emotions physically (doesn't happen often so you know it's a good story when it does!) and this book god me out of a massive reading slump!

WARNINGS: depression/ mental health, toxic parents, mature suggestions, swearing

RECOMMEND: for 16+ year olds. No sexy scenes but there are mentions of the f word and what it physically means
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I LOVED this book. it was so sweet, with two main characters that you want nothing but the best for the entire time you're reading it.
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I absolutely loved this book. Oliver is my soulmate. Watching the growth of Luc and Oliver's love story is just perfect. The ups and downs, the miscommunications, the happy times, the sad times. It was all there. I loved how they were there for each other even though it was supposed to be a fake relationship. But we all knew that said fake relationship would lead to the real thing, right? Or did it? You will have to read and see. All the supporting characters were fun except the dad. My only qualm was that the dad's story seemed to just hit a complete brick wall and was over. Almost felt like the author was running out of time and just wanted to clean that story line up as quickly as possible. Other than that, this one was amazing! 5 big shining stars.
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Thank you NetGalley.This was a nice read . really enjoyed it ! Will read more from the author. Really surprised me .
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Boyfriend Material is the funniest book I've read this year, it's full to the brim with British humour that constantly made me laugh. 
So far I've convinced two colleagues and a few friends to read Boyfriend Material and we have all loved it so much. I often find incorrect or uneducated Welsh references in popular YA/NA books but Boyfriend Material surprised me with informed discussions on various Welsh themes and I adored it.
This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end with a 'will they won't they?' romance. The best romcom of 2020 for me and I'll continue to shout about it to everyone!
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Loved this one so much mostly because I am truly always down for love a celeb story or a fake dating story so putting them together is a recipe for success. Definitely gave me Red, White, and Royal Blue vibes.
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Oh I LOVED this one!!! Cheeky banter, a string connection, great cast. Wonderful read from a stellar and brilliant author!
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In this LGBT romance about opposites attracting and fake-relationships, the chemistry between Luc and Oliver is fantastic. 
Luc, tries to get his life back on track after a scandal. He needs a bit of normalcy, despite his history of having less committed relationships and barrister Oliver, is as grounded as they come. 
Oliver is also in desperate need of a date for a huge social gathering so the two strike up a deal. 
They'll fake-date for this event and until the media gets bored with Luc's new normal, but as they pretend to like each other, sparks fly and romance just might be the last thing they expect, but something they both need. 
Delightful and fun read. 

I featured this book on San Antonio Living's book pick segment:

*I received a copy of this book for an honest review
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My first Alexis Hall book was an overwhelming success! I listened to the audio version of this book and it was delightful. I probably looked like a fool grinning and giggling my face off while listening during my daily walks. I’m a sucker for a grumpy character — and even more so for TWO of them. I loved everything about this closed-door m/m romance.

“Fake it till you make it” romances are my catnip. I love them for so many reasons, but not the least of which is the fact the reader knows where things are headed far before the characters figure it out for themselves. It was impossible not to love Luc and Oliver. They were just so imperfectly perfect for each other. Opposites definitely attract — and gave a delightfully heartwarming slow burn romance — in Boyfriend Material. 

Not only was Boyfriend Material perfect and swoony AND live up to my sky-high expectations, but it was also utterly AMAZING on audio. Joe Jameson did a fantastic job bringing Luc and Oliver to life. And his voice. Whoa. I could legit listen to him read the dictionary.
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