Monday, July 6, 2020

ARC Review: Boyfriend Material Alexis Hall

Boyfriend Material
Kindle Edition
368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: July 7th, 2020

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 Review:
I am blown away. This book was great. I one-clicked through Netgalley on a whim and was very surprised. I've never read anything by Alexis Hall before, but I can guarantee that I will be reading her stories from now on.

Luc has been having a hard time for the last five years. After his ex-boyfriend sold his story to the tabloids for money Luc's life has been on a downward spiral. When a night out leads to him tripping and landing on his face, his job security comes into question and he comes up with the plan for a fake boyfriend. This leads him to Oliver.

Luc and Oliver were so cute. I enjoyed their relationship. Alexis Hall did an amazing job of having us see Oliver through Luc's eyes. The more Luc started to warm to him, the more I started to warm to him. They were so cute together and I just had a great time reading about them. They felt like real people and their relationship felt real. Their reactions weren't over the top of over-exaggerated. It was just nice and friendly and cute.

If I had any complaints it would be that I wish I could have read some of the story through Olivers perspective as well. But I always have a soft spot for dual POV.

Boyfriend Material has great writing, an amazing plot, a unique cast of characters, and phenomenal pacing.

I loved this story. I loved Luc and Oliver. I had such a great time reading this. I had a great time laughing, chuckling, and crying throughout this story. I had my in-laws and husband looking at me all weird when I started laughing randomly. Such a great story. An absolute must-read.

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