REPRESENTATION: MM relationship
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Contemporary Romance
I was keen to pick up Boyfriend Material because I’m a fan of Alexis Hall’s Kate Kane series. I was a little unsure if it would really click for me, since contemporary romance isn’t usually my thing, but I’m head over heels for this book!
I love the fake-dating trope, so was really hooked. I got serious Bridget Jones Diary vibes from Luc and his friends, except modernized, queerer, and just generally better. Set in London, it’s definitely got the British sense of humour and quirky but lovable characters you’d expect. You’ve got dung-beetle fundraisers, french toast (which you will be craving), an aging rocker, and curry nights watching Drag Race.
The book is hilarious, both in the thing’s Luc manages to get himself into and in the voice in which the novel is written. It’s also incredibly heart-felt and touching. It manages to touch on some pretty serious topics — different types of parental neglect, homophobia, eating disorders — with a light touch that somehow makes it all the more impactful.
The two main characters — Luc and Oliver — are both wonderfully, willfully blind when it comes to each other. They’re both wonderfully fucked up and complex but in ways that completely complement each other.
If you liked the hit Red, White and Royal Blue, you absolutely have to pick up Boyfriend Material.
You should read Boyfriend Material either way, honestly.
Boyfriend Material is a perfect standalone, but I’ll be first in the queue if Hall ever decides to follow up with a sequel. I’ve ordered myself a physical copy, and I’ll be rereading once it arrives.
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.
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.