Boyfriend Material
Wanted:One (fake) boyfriendPractically perfect in every wayLuc 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.

Boyfriend Material Details

TitleBoyfriend Material
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781728206141
Rating
GenreRomance, LGBT, Contemporary, M M Romance, Adult

Boyfriend Material Review

  • K.J. Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine a book like a Four Weddings-era Richard Curtis movie (and *not*, let me be clear, like the vomitous Love Actually), with the feelgood elements and the genuine romance and the terrific cast (only more diverse than Curtis is capable of), and real pain and emotion grounding the hilarious banter. Sounds amazing? Well, here you go.The joyfully queer British romcom escape book I desperately needed. It's absurdly funny--like proper laughing out loud--and swoonily romantic, with a sharp edge of Imagine a book like a Four Weddings-era Richard Curtis movie (and *not*, let me be clear, like the vomitous Love Actually), with the feelgood elements and the genuine romance and the terrific cast (only more diverse than Curtis is capable of), and real pain and emotion grounding the hilarious banter. Sounds amazing? Well, here you go.The joyfully queer British romcom escape book I desperately needed. It's absurdly funny--like proper laughing out loud--and swoonily romantic, with a sharp edge of wit and observation that keeps the story bounding along, bad actors that you can really dislike, a lovely supporting cast of friends and family, and two flawed but deeply likeable leads. An unbridled 'one-more-chapter-oh-no-it's-3am-oh-well' delight.(Disclosure: I had an ARC from the publisher and share an agent with the author. Notwithstanding, I don't leave rave reviews if I don't mean them.)
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and while I know this year has gone mostly to shit, and expectations should be rightly tossed into the incinerator at this point, I didn't think I'd have to add BOYFRIEND MATERIAL to the heap of 2020 disappointments. Because this should be everything I could ever want : queer, fake dating, Hall. And it was those things. But I was scraping near the bottom of the barrel to round up past average feelings of like for the first half and by the end This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and while I know this year has gone mostly to shit, and expectations should be rightly tossed into the incinerator at this point, I didn't think I'd have to add BOYFRIEND MATERIAL to the heap of 2020 disappointments. Because this should be everything I could ever want : queer, fake dating, Hall. And it was those things. But I was scraping near the bottom of the barrel to round up past average feelings of like for the first half and by the end I just sat on my couch, looking around, feeling let down.If you're into quirky strange characters, love a heaping pile of British in your contemporaries, you might like this. If you don't normally care for either but you loved Hall's take on FSoG, you also might like this (spoiler : I didn't, and in hindsight I think my dislike of both are rooted in some of the same issues..). Overall, the premise, the concept, it will definitely appeal to many (it appealed to me!) but this just didn't pan out. And as a result of yet another recent failed-to-enjoy-a-new-release from what I thought was a favourite author, I may just resign myself to rereading my two favourite Halls in the future instead of stumbling through anything new. I'm sad about it but alas.. here we are.2.5 starsFull review to come.** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    THAT, my friends, is how to do a Rom-Com. *mic drop*Review to follow at AAR closer to publication date.(And now I have a book hangover.)
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    that weird rustling you can hear in the back? that’s my money flying towards this book
  • Trio
    January 1, 1970
    What a superb story!Fans of Alexis Hall know to expect something marvelous, but Boyfriend Material goes above and beyond. The dry, silly, often heartfelt humor keeps this one moving at a fast pace, and I found it was over much too soon. Hall writes incredibly interesting characters. From Luc's zany group of friends, to his complex relationship with his folks - and the same to be said about Oliver's people. Bonus: the whole thing comes from Luc's point of view, which just keep the light-hearted i What a superb story!Fans of Alexis Hall know to expect something marvelous, but Boyfriend Material goes above and beyond. The dry, silly, often heartfelt humor keeps this one moving at a fast pace, and I found it was over much too soon. Hall writes incredibly interesting characters. From Luc's zany group of friends, to his complex relationship with his folks - and the same to be said about Oliver's people. Bonus: the whole thing comes from Luc's point of view, which just keep the light-hearted insights rolling along.An absolutely charming romance, plus a lovely hurt-comfort aspect, and a fabulous fake relationship trope make Boyfriend Material one of the most enjoyable novels of the year.an ARC of Boyfriend Material was provided to me by NetGalley for the purpose of my honest review
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Before reading Boyfriend Material: [me]: I'm not a good person, nor was I born good. My soul, like my wardrobe, is as black as tar. I'm 30 but look almost 10 years younger, and I'm sure it has nothing to do with good genes and everything to do with the fact I don't smile and haven't smiled since about 2014 (you can't get wrinkles if you don't do things to cause them, natch). My favourite season is rain which is probably a good thing because I live in London and we get a lot of it. Kids are yu Before reading Boyfriend Material: [me]: I'm not a good person, nor was I born good. My soul, like my wardrobe, is as black as tar. I'm 30 but look almost 10 years younger, and I'm sure it has nothing to do with good genes and everything to do with the fact I don't smile and haven't smiled since about 2014 (you can't get wrinkles if you don't do things to cause them, natch). My favourite season is rain which is probably a good thing because I live in London and we get a lot of it. Kids are yuck. Hummus is yuck. Kids who eat hummus are the biggest yuck. I'm mortally offended by those who self-define as 'a morning person' or use lol/lmao to me in text speak. I unironically love the Twilight films and will absolutely fite you if you spout any slander about their genius in my presence. I will forever be pissed off with Grumpy Cat for stealing my Grumpy Kat shtick and becoming rich and famous with it. Speaking of grumpy, look up the word 'misanthrope' in the dictionary and you will see an image of me snarling like the most snarly thing while doing a double flipping the bird à la Stone Cold Steve Austin. And I'm genuinely looking forward to growing old because I plan to fully embrace being the most crotchety old person, enthusiastically yelling at folks to get off my fucking lawn. After reading Boyfriend Material: [narrator]: And what happened, then? Well, in Londonville they say – that Kat's small heart grew three sizes that day.
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  • Lily Herman
    January 1, 1970
    Um, I was completely unprepared for the FEELS OVERLOAD that I experienced reading this novel. Seriously. Holy shit. Alexis Hall's Boyfriend Material cleared my acne, washed a sink-load of dishes, erased all of the toxic people from my life, and did the work of 10 years of therapy.I've just got to say it: The dialogue and banter in this book was impeccable. Truly perfect. There were a few parts where I cackled so loudly that my long-suffering mother (who I'm staying with during quarantine) looked Um, I was completely unprepared for the FEELS OVERLOAD that I experienced reading this novel. Seriously. Holy shit. Alexis Hall's Boyfriend Material cleared my acne, washed a sink-load of dishes, erased all of the toxic people from my life, and did the work of 10 years of therapy.I've just got to say it: The dialogue and banter in this book was impeccable. Truly perfect. There were a few parts where I cackled so loudly that my long-suffering mother (who I'm staying with during quarantine) looked up at me in utter confusion.Admittedly, I was initially drawn to this book because it sounded like it was in a similar vein as Red, White & Royal Blue. And now I can say without a doubt that if you're looking for something that feels a little like Alex Claremont-Diaz and Henry Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor, this is the novel for you. Boyfriend Material definitely stands on its own two feet, but it brought me those same vibes.Oh, and for the people who are like, "Bitch, what's the steam level here?": Alexis Hall writes seamless romance scenes, and they're wheeeeeew enough without giving you a graphic picture.All right, I'm already planning when I'm going to re-read this one. This book's 4.5 stars for me!
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*The trope and the plot of Boyfriend Material are top notch. A romance where the fake relationship is used to improve the appeal of one of the other characters, and then they end up falling for each other is basically candy for me. I even enjoyed both of the heroes and their reluctantly budding relationship. As up and down as it may have been. That being said the flow of the writing was what kept me peep sally, from fully investing. I even took some time after I initially finished reading to 3.5*The trope and the plot of Boyfriend Material are top notch. A romance where the fake relationship is used to improve the appeal of one of the other characters, and then they end up falling for each other is basically candy for me. I even enjoyed both of the heroes and their reluctantly budding relationship. As up and down as it may have been. That being said the flow of the writing was what kept me peep sally, from fully investing. I even took some time after I initially finished reading to write this review.What I did was go back in and read some scenes that I’d highlighted, and reading them as a piece and not as part of the whole made me enjoy them way more. So I think what I’m trying to say is that I enjoyed this read, it’s incredibly well written and entertaining and as it’s my first from this author it felt fresh and fun, but the writing style may just not be for me.I think that anyone who loves fake dating trope and M/M will enjoy this romance read!AVAILABLE 7/7!*ARC
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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Luc.He's the son of 1970 & 80'ies rock stars. He loves his mom - he never met his dad - who is now making a comeback.Luc lives in London, works for a very weird charity and is looking for his romantic happily ever after. But he's not really finding the perfect guy. Mostly because he's a very complicated guy who is scared to find something serious because of that one bad relationship five years ago!But now he really has to find someone, because his boss needs him to look good for the press.Enter Luc.He's the son of 1970 & 80'ies rock stars. He loves his mom - he never met his dad - who is now making a comeback.Luc lives in London, works for a very weird charity and is looking for his romantic happily ever after. But he's not really finding the perfect guy. Mostly because he's a very complicated guy who is scared to find something serious because of that one bad relationship five years ago!But now he really has to find someone, because his boss needs him to look good for the press.Enter Oliver.He's a lawyer. A vegetarian ... and kind of the total opposite of Luc.They shouldn't fit perfectly. And they really don't. Which is okay, because it's all fake. But it's not staying fake for long ... because we all know ... opposites attract, right?What will happen with Luc & Oliver?Will there be a HEA?Read the book to find out! ☺══════════════════ First of all - the cover! Soo beautiful!And then the story. I just adored reading this!Luc is so hilariously over-the-top britishly melancholy-ish ... 'strange' - but we kind of totally get him and he's so very lovable. And Oliver is just über adorable!Those two should SO not end up together, but we SO want them to.This was such an amazingly funny and beautiful love story. I just wanted to jump into the book and hug Luc. And shake some sense into him too. ☺How is this not on Netflix yet??? I would watch 25 seasons of this without getting tired of it.All the friends and co-stars?! And can we please get an Alex spin-off??? That guy was almost the best part of this book. He made me fall off the couch laughing several times!Ugh - I don't know what more to say. This was such a beautiful story. So full of British everything. And full of ... Fun, sadness, weather, friends, family, romance, kissing, cuddling, laughing, arguing, crying, falling in love .... and so much more. Basically .. this book is ... EVERYTHING!I ADORED EVERY SINGLE WORD!BOYFRIEND MATERIAL was such an adorable & hilarious but also very melancholy & British love story! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Luc & Oliver - they'll be sold out in no time! ☺#PreOrder this! 💜 💜
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  • anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    rep: gay mc, gay li, Black bi side character, South Asian Muslim lesbian side character, gay side characters, lesbian side charactersi could read the whole book just abt oliver texting and panicking over texting
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it did not disappoint! Boyfriend Material has all of Alexis Hall’s trademark humor, emotional depth, and gorgeous prose. The plot is delightfully tropey, the characters are lovely, and there’s really just so much here to love. Luc and Oliver charmed me completely — I’m confident this is one book that will be read and reread again. In Boyfriend material, Alexis Hall has set the new gold standard for romcoms.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy that the publisher SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley selected me for this completely delightful book, and it's totally a five star read for me 😍Boyfriend Material is a fake relationship trope, beautifully written in the first person (Lucien's) POV (which I love) and full of actual laugh-out-loud lines. I adored the main characters Lucien and Oliver, and the way their relationship developed throughout the book. They are both flawed and delicate and strong and funny and so relata I was so happy that the publisher SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley selected me for this completely delightful book, and it's totally a five star read for me 😍Boyfriend Material is a fake relationship trope, beautifully written in the first person (Lucien's) POV (which I love) and full of actual laugh-out-loud lines. I adored the main characters Lucien and Oliver, and the way their relationship developed throughout the book. They are both flawed and delicate and strong and funny and so relatable, and possess all the great characteristics that make the reader fall in love from the get-go.Luc is the 'slightly off the rails' product of (divorced) famous parents, with all the drama and media interest that goes with it, whilst Oliver is a middle class barrister with painful parents and very high expectations. The friendship groups are fabulous characters in their own right and actually reminded me a lot of Bridget's friends (from Bridget Jones' Diary).Such a brilliant book, especially for Valentine's Day.Highly recommended ✨✨✨✨✨
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  • Em Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    First things first: I was thrilled to have my wish for this book granted on NetGalley. Super awesome; I love that these are finally happening. Or, finally happening for me. Friends, pressing that "Wish For It" button actually works. I had my doubts.I'm an Alexis Hall fan. I don't think I've ever disliked one of his books, and I didn't dislike this one either. Unfortunately, I like the alternate version better. Which one was that you ask? How to Bang a Billionaire. I loved it (Em's Super Naive an First things first: I was thrilled to have my wish for this book granted on NetGalley. Super awesome; I love that these are finally happening. Or, finally happening for me. Friends, pressing that "Wish For It" button actually works. I had my doubts.I'm an Alexis Hall fan. I don't think I've ever disliked one of his books, and I didn't dislike this one either. Unfortunately, I like the alternate version better. Which one was that you ask? How to Bang a Billionaire. I loved it (Em's Super Naive and Awkwardly Oblivious Review of How to Bang a Billionaire), but by the time we got to How to Belong with a Billionaire, I was burnt out on our leading man, Arden St. Ives. It was a disappointment. Okay, okay, I hear you! You're right, it can't possibly be the same book! Tell us about this one. Look, Luc feels so familiar - so much like Ardie ( Arden St. Ives ), I kept confusing the two. And Oliver, well he isn't living out D/s fantasies in his free time, but he also feels very, very familiar. He has lots of rules - rules he lives by and rules for the people he allows in his life - but despite that, he's still inexplicably drawn to his complete opposite, a man who sweetly/blindly stumbles and bumbles through life after a challenging upbringing after his dad turns out to be a total dick. And even though he's a positioned as a grouchy/buttoned-up nerd, he also sounds a lot like this guy: It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me. Anyway, aside from the principal characters sort-of appearing in an earlier book, I didn't connect with the story either. Honestly, I think this is largely in part to my inability to separate Luc from Ardie, but aside from that, I simply couldn't go along with him working at this bizarre organization that seems like one big inside joke that never seemed funny. The people who run the organization are odd (I think it's meant to come across as quirky), or ridiculous, and the office interactions grew tedious after a while. How does a place like this stay in business?The family dynamics - on both sides - feature such absolute extremes of good/bad, there's absolutely nothing to even 'take a side on,' even if I wanted to. Luc/Ardie's mom is a funny french angel who has a special friendship with another 'unique' character, and Luc loves her lots because 'they get each other.' His dad is a jerk, but since that's established right from the get-go, I kept thinking that storyline was going somewhere...and it kind of doesn't? Oliver/Caspian has a tense relationship with his own family that causes him to have meltdowns whenever he's required to spend time with them (sound familiar?), and turn into a total dick with his partner (ahem), and...oh gosh. WE'VE SEEN THIS ALL BEFORE.Luc/Ardie's friends are amazing and supportive and funny and helpful and big drinkers and quirky and interesting...and, well, IT'S ALL BEEN DONE ALREADY. I liked them, they're super awesome to Luc - and by extension, Oliver, and that's all well and good.What's not well and good? Boyfriend Material. Bummer.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me while I find a corner to curl up and cry in. I was not prepared to be emotionally invested, I was not prepared for the characters to be that profound, I was not prepared.Easily one of my top reads of the year.
  • ash | emeraldbookowl
    January 1, 1970
    fake dating trope but make it gay? soooooooooooold
  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    If you know me, you know I very rarely five-star anything, but this book gave me BIG feelings and made me laugh out loud and made me cry and you need to read it right the hell now (or as soon as you can) or I will come to your home and read it out loud to you (not really because I'm a hermit).READ IT! You will not regret it. I super-duper swear.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI go on Netgalley, and sometimes wish for a book. For the first time ever, a wish was granted, and it was for Boyfriend Material - the one I really, really wanted.And I have to say that this is my favourite Alexis Hall book since Ardy Baby's seriesFirst of all, I love the cover. I am really liking the cartoon style covers more than photographs these days.Luc and Oliver's tale is an adorable story of opposites attracting. They shouldn't work, but th Copy received via Netgalley for an honest reviewI go on Netgalley, and sometimes wish for a book. For the first time ever, a wish was granted, and it was for Boyfriend Material - the one I really, really wanted.And I have to say that this is my favourite Alexis Hall book since Ardy Baby's seriesFirst of all, I love the cover. I am really liking the cartoon style covers more than photographs these days.Luc and Oliver's tale is an adorable story of opposites attracting. They shouldn't work, but they totally do. I came in expecting a lovely rom-com, however I was not expecting the emotions that I felt. So many feels on Luc's part.There were plenty of laughs and adorably quirky moments. Luc is the awkwardish, weirdish but completely lovely to Oliver's buttoned up, stiff upper lip. They complement each other so, so well.And there are some secondary character that I insist get a spin off book. Alex and Miffy are so marvelously clueless, that I smiled every single time they were on the page. They made me laugh our loud with the level of dumb - but it is not a stupid level of dumb. Think of Hugo and Alice from The Vicar of Dibley and you have Alex and Miffy.Boyfriend Material also gave me Bridget Jones' Diary vibes - and I love that movie hard.I finished and wanted more.
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  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    January 1, 1970
    Hello from the other side. This is me, a person who has finished Boyfriend Material and I'm highkey emotional still.Boyfriend Material took me to an emotional place I never saw coming. I related to so many aspects of the characters — Luc and Oliver. When you start you meet Luc and he isn't in a good place at the moment. His ex sold a story to the press about him for a lot of money, making it hard for Luc to trust anyone else except his mom and his group of friends. So this book is his journey to Hello from the other side. This is me, a person who has finished Boyfriend Material and I'm highkey emotional still.Boyfriend Material took me to an emotional place I never saw coming. I related to so many aspects of the characters — Luc and Oliver. When you start you meet Luc and he isn't in a good place at the moment. His ex sold a story to the press about him for a lot of money, making it hard for Luc to trust anyone else except his mom and his group of friends. So this book is his journey to get to that place he thought he would never reach because he had in his head he was going to be /that/ way because that's just the way things are. And no, people can become a better version of themselves if they want to. It takes everything you have and it's clear in the way Luc goes through so many ups and downs in this novel. I constantly put in my updates that this is a very adorable novel. This relationship starts as a fake relationship because reasons and they both need a fake date for different events. Done and done. They both think they're so different and they don't even like each other, but I loved seeing the moment this changes. And it changes really early on like Luc and Oliver texting that they miss each other, if they can have lunch together even though no cameras will see them. The moments where they supported each other, those were the moments that made this relationship so very real. There is so much humor. I think there are a lot of things I didn't understand or like got... but there are so many scenes where everyone is just saying unreal stuff. Like full conversations where I have no clue what is happening and Luc also has no clue but he goes along. He has so many friends and coworkers who just like to say whatever they feel like saying and it creates wonderful and funny situations. I got an early copy thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ay
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Initial comment:The cover looks very similar to Red White and Royal Blue. They are both Nice romances with nice male MCs. The writing in both humorous and witty, with strong social comedy. Both have a UK element, one rather more than the other. THAT’S IT. THESE ARE VERY DIFFERENT BOOKS. I’m finding the way some reviews are saying the books are so so similar, because the covers are, disconcerting.On to the review.....I freakin’ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Initial comment:The cover looks very similar to Red White and Royal Blue. They are both Nice romances with nice male MCs. The writing in both humorous and witty, with strong social comedy. Both have a UK element, one rather more than the other. THAT’S IT. THESE ARE VERY DIFFERENT BOOKS. I’m finding the way some reviews are saying the books are so so similar, because the covers are, disconcerting.On to the review.....I freakin’ hate the freakin’ fake boyfriend trope. I was only interested in reading this book due to the author. I have had a mixed experience of Hall’s work. Some books of his I have not gotten past the first chapter. Others of his, are beloved rereads. I should also note that I apply a higher standard to Hall than most other writers, because he is just that good.First point: both guys are nice.There is a similar pattern to the billionaire books - the flibbertigibbet and the staid “successful” guy - and the flow-on from that. That is all I am saying - no spoilers here. This is the faintly paler beginners version.Second point: Alex and co. Honestly, it is worth reading the book for all the side characters. Alex (and Miffy) had me repeatedly howling and crying with laughter. I’ll probably be rereading the book just for them - also the MC’s mum. I was interested to learn other French people refer to gay people as “a gay” too.Third point; Hall is a very skilled fluid writer. He’s the real thing, with a long term commitment to romance. His writing, in whatever genre, is always superior, and usually hilarious. He’s big on social comedy. I adore good social comedy.Points that pulled me a bit out of the story (normally, having enjoyed the book so much I would be gushing incoherently):First point: I am passionate about dung beetles, so the ha ha ha stuff about dung beetles was a bit annoying. In the Australian countryside we had an intense problem with flies, until the government introduced the dung beetle programme, and now we don’t. (When outside, you had to constantly wave your hand in front of your face due to all the flies (which grow in manure) and it was called “the Australian salute”. It’s also why Australian country hats used to have corks hanging around the rim. Second point: I used to work in appellate jurisdictions so the stuff about criminal barristers jarred me a bit. They aren’t highly regarded because they tend to be on-the-fly workers (they have to be - it’s the nature of the way the criminal justice system works) who have to rely on clever quick often dodgy quick-stepping. Also the pay isn’t great unless you are defending organised crime. The other reason it’s not highly regarded is because it is often where people start out at the bar. If they are still doing low level crim work, it tends to mean they aren’t very good. Or employed by legal aid and need to stay in the job for financial security. All this stuff fed into the book for me. This is, of course, all coming from me, the reader. You might, even say, in a sense, that I have an eggshell skull. Third point: the Greek chorus of annoying friends including the pushy best friend. Wtf is it with m/m romance where the MC has to have a pushy female best friend, who pushes the MC against his will into doing “what’s best for him”? Writers, please find another way to push the plot forward. I am so over this one.Fourth point: why don’t the characters use airplanes? Or trains? The book was written before the global pandemic. There’s all this stuff about having to drive 4 hours here, and five hours there, (and back). What’s with that? Is that a UK thing? It’s stupid.Fifth point: the story is very strongly located in London. Place plays a big role in Hall’s stories. Because I was a bit pulled out of this story, I noticed more all the local references which I didn’t understand. Living in australia, I am used to reading books set in places I have never been to. I’m not really complaining, just noting. If you are English, I’m sure this book will have a whole layer of enjoyment absent to the rest of us. It’s probably analagous to a marvel movie - great fun if you know nothing about the MCU, but if you do, there are infinite layers of More enjoyment available.All in all, this is good quality Alexis Hall fare. It is good quality romance written by someone happily soaked in the genre. If you or a friend are new to m/m romance, this is a good place to start, or to continue with. There is a strong likelihood that this book will end up on your keeper shelf. There is also a heightened likelihood of glomming everything else Hall has ever written, if you have not already.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely fell in love with this, after a dubious beginning, which seems very fitting for the fake boyfriend trope :) Also, for those of you always on the lookout for a good romance with all the feels but without the R-rated bedroom shenanigans, this one's for you. And we still get the passion and the sweetness and the fade to black is handled in such a natural way that you truly will not miss it. It's impressive.My favorite thing for the majority of the book was how realistic the fake boyfri I absolutely fell in love with this, after a dubious beginning, which seems very fitting for the fake boyfriend trope :) Also, for those of you always on the lookout for a good romance with all the feels but without the R-rated bedroom shenanigans, this one's for you. And we still get the passion and the sweetness and the fade to black is handled in such a natural way that you truly will not miss it. It's impressive.My favorite thing for the majority of the book was how realistic the fake boyfriend plot felt. They don't do the whole "since we're pretending to be dating we might as well get the sexy benefits" thing, and then basically spend the whole book in a full-on relationship while constantly internal dialogue-ing about NOT being in a relationship. Luc is genuinely just looking for someone to do him a massive, way-too-big-to-reasonably-ask-a-stranger-for favor, and it is exactly as awkward as it would be in RL to pretend date someone you can barely get through a conversation with without being both horribly offensive and offended at the same time. Their initial dinner, which Oliver thinks is a real date, goes so, so badly that there is no contrived feeling to the "fakeness" of the relationship. Their individual brands of self-consciousness just multiply and magnify and warp the other's into even worse places than it started, and there is no way in hell these two would have made a successful go of a real relationship in the beginning. The writing is also very clever, emotionally insightful, and made me laugh out loud repeatedly. The author is a genuinely intelligent human being, which always comes across in his writing and is one of the reasons I enjoy his books so much. The dubious beginning actually stems from it being almost *too* clever and too quirky for its own good. It was self-deprecating joke after self-deprecating joke in a way that would have worked excellently for me in a movie -- and made me think repeatedly while reading it how awesome this would be as a smart romcom -- but it was almost too much to read. That evens out once the initial setup is over and we start getting lots of dialog and interactions between the MCs, though. If you find yourself on the fence about it for this reason, hang in there. It's so worth it. (And seriously, that is so fitting for the arc of this relationship I'd almost think it's on purpose, but, well...probably not :)**This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley** 
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Witty, optimistic, emotive, and romantic. Full review to follow shortly.
  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes I just finish books and am so completely happy over all of it that I just immediately feel the need to reread it.... this was definitely one of those times.Boyfriend Material better be the next thing everyone is talking about because honestly I just could not get enough of any one of these characters. (view spoiler)[The one issue I had was Luc and his father and how it was addressed but honestly, not a big deal and I got over that real quick. (hide spoiler)] I could read about Luc and Sometimes I just finish books and am so completely happy over all of it that I just immediately feel the need to reread it.... this was definitely one of those times.Boyfriend Material better be the next thing everyone is talking about because honestly I just could not get enough of any one of these characters. (view spoiler)[The one issue I had was Luc and his father and how it was addressed but honestly, not a big deal and I got over that real quick. (hide spoiler)] I could read about Luc and Oliver until the end of time and still love them just as much as I did from the start.I wish this was something everyone could have now but July 7th isn't that far away and I know damn well I'm going to shove this down everyone's throats because I just need to talk about it with everyone I know. Thank you Edelwiss+ and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ❀ Alex ❀
    January 1, 1970
    Does this look to anyone else kinda like Red, White & Royal Blue? Just a rock star instead of royalty. Just saying.... Does this look to anyone else kinda like Red, White & Royal Blue? Just a rock star instead of royalty. Just saying....
  • Paula (lovebookscl)
    January 1, 1970
    (English / Español)The Arc of this books was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed the book. It's fun (Some scenes had me crying with laughter), it has amazing characters (the protagonists and the secondary characters). the sotry has an interesting relationship, full of tension, drama and a lot of love.Although there are certain chapters that I found a little boring... in general I had a great time reading this! Luc is amazing, dramatic, cute (English / Español)The Arc of this books was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed the book. It's fun (Some scenes had me crying with laughter), it has amazing characters (the protagonists and the secondary characters). the sotry has an interesting relationship, full of tension, drama and a lot of love.Although there are certain chapters that I found a little boring... in general I had a great time reading this! Luc is amazing, dramatic, cute and deserves all the good in the world. Oliver is serious and perfectionist, which makes him imperfect. And these two have NOTHING in common and somehow manage to complement each other very well, with a relationship that has good and bad moments, it's a book that will surprise you. I loved the awkwardness between Luc and Oliver and the misunderstanding and obviously the bad jokes. My stomach hurt from laughing so muchI would have liked a more elaborate ending, but I closed the book with a smile anyway.******ESPAÑOL******Este libro fue entregado por la editorial a través de Netgalley a cambio de una reseña honesta.Disfruté mucho del libro. Es divertido (Algunas escenas me tenían llorando de la risa), tiene personajes asombrosos (tanto los protagonistas como los secundarios). Tiene una relación interesante, llena de tensión, drama y mucho amor. Es de esos libros que son perfectos para pasarla bien y olvidarte del mundo por un momento. Aunque hay ciertos capítulo que si me aburrieron, en general la pasé genial. Luc es asombroso, dramático, tierno y se merece todo lo bueno del mundo. Oliver es serio y perfeccionista, lo que lo hace imperfecto. Y estos dos tienen NADA en común y de alguna forma lograr complementarse muy bien, con una relación que tiene buenos y malos momentos, es un libro que los sorprenderá. Me hubiera gustado un final más elaborado, pero de todas formas cerré el libro con una sonrisa.
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  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
    January 1, 1970
    When I want my heart ripped out with a side of irony I go to Alexis Hall. His Billionaire trilogy and Spires novels are among my most treasured angst-comfort re-reads, because they are guaranteed to make me laugh, and then cry, and then cry-laugh. Boyfriend Material is both like that, and not like that. It has all the usual hallmarks of Hall's work - razor-sharp dialogue, big-heart feelings, and pop-culture references for days - but it's also different. The humour is ramped up and the angst (whi When I want my heart ripped out with a side of irony I go to Alexis Hall. His Billionaire trilogy and Spires novels are among my most treasured angst-comfort re-reads, because they are guaranteed to make me laugh, and then cry, and then cry-laugh. Boyfriend Material is both like that, and not like that. It has all the usual hallmarks of Hall's work - razor-sharp dialogue, big-heart feelings, and pop-culture references for days - but it's also different. The humour is ramped up and the angst (while still definitely there) is diluted by the sheer irrepressible silliness of it all. Which is not to suggest it's a silly book - it categorically isn't - it's a serious-silly book, a distillation of the farce and parody that have always been bubbling away in AH's work. Imagine if the Fifty Shades of Grey subtext of the Billionaire books had been more overt, and then imagine that Bridget Jones' Diary is the source text. That's Boyfriend Material. And it's adorable, lovely and so so funny; laugh-out-loud-and-annoy-your-family kind of funny. Luc is the son of C-list celebrities, an egotistical absentee 80s rock-star father and a beloved now-reclusive rock-star mother. He's suffered as a result, because the British press will print anything even vaguely salacious about anyone even slightly, tangentially famous. Which is how Luc ends up getting papped face down in a gutter, having tripped over while escaping a particularly disastrous party. The headlines imply he's a desperate drug-addicted disaster. This doesn't go down well at the Dung Beetle charity (acronym = CRAPP) where Luc has washed up as a fundraiser. As his boss quite brazenly and offensively puts it, he's coming across as the 'wrong kind of homosexual' and their traditionalist conservative donors are getting antsy. He needs to clean up his reputation and quickly. A nice, middle class boyfriend would be just the thing. If only he knew anyone like that. Enter Luc's posse of delightfully queer and energetic friends. A pub brainstorming session establishes that the only candidate is Oliver Blackwood, a very right-and-proper barrister who has already rejected Luc's awkward advances twice. However his token straight friend Bridget (who works in publishing - did you see what Alexis did there?) assures him that Oliver will say yes and that they're perfect for each other and what could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Oliver lives a perfect, neat and ordered existence, organised by strict moral principles and a bruising work ethic. He went to Oxford, wears Cashmere jumpers and only has sex when it means something. He is the absolute antithesis of Luc who has to excavate the detritus in his flat to find a pair of clean socks and who, in extremis, buys new sheets rather than doing laundry.You know the rest I imagine - Boyfriend Material loves and sticks close to the contours of a rom-com. It grabs you by the wrist on a joyful dash from beat to beat, from set-piece to set-piece. The dialogue fizzes with the intense hyper-real energy of a film or a play. Take out the descriptive writing and what you're left with is a script that Oscar Wilde could have written, if he was queer in the 21st century and steeped in 2000s pop-culture. Some of the secondary characters are unapologetically ridiculous: Alex Twaddle, a sweet upper-class nitwit who can barely remember he has a girlfriend; the James Royce-Royces', a married couple with the same name; and Bridget, who is always dashing off to tackle an unlikely publishing disaster. There is a scene early on in the novel where Alex Twaddle takes Luc and Oliver to his gentleman's club, which is so daft and so hilarious you feel like you've dropped straight into a comedy sketch. There is a spotted dick joke for god's sake. (Which, incidentally, is one of the incredibly British jokes that I hope land as well with an international audience as they did with me). It would feel like mockery if Alexis Hall didn't have such an obvious and unswerving affection for everything that is ridiculous but well-meaning and harmless in this life. The book isn't without harmful things of course. Underneath all the capers is a whisper of hot anger about prejudice and unkindness; about the way that Luc is forced into his charade with Oliver through barely concealed homophobia; about the way people have betrayed and abandoned him all through his life; about why Oliver feels constrained to be the man he is. The full-frontal giggles of the story blast these ugly things with a lot of sunlight and warmth, but they emerge more fully as Luc and Oliver come to know each other better. As it progresses the book switches into a more serious register that takes you unawares, because of how often it has made fun of itself, and then you find yourself ambushed by feelings that you didn't realise you were having all along. I don't remember a great deal about farce as a genre from the long-gone past of my English Lit degree, except that it's deeply subversive, and that it makes fun for both the sake of fun but also to get at serious things. It can be deeply affectionate and fundamentally gracious. It seems to me that's the kind of book Boyfriend Material is: a farcical rom-com that loves its well-worn grooves but also loves jumping them, so that while you're literally hiccuping with laughter something heavier is building up inside you. What all of these words really mean is: I kind of think this is a book you need right now, and you should read it.
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  • noah 🖤 #blacklivesmatter
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS COVER!! 😍😍😍
  • Emma L.
    January 1, 1970
    *** This review is super spoilery and I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this book by Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for a honest review ***Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars). LOVE . LOVED IT . LOVE . IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. This book was simply so good and I'm still baffled how the hell I ever got approved of reading and reviewing this book. The boyfriend material is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I feel incredibly lucky that both the publisher and Netgalley provided me with an e- *** This review is super spoilery and I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this book by Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for a honest review ***Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars). LOVE . LOVED IT . LOVE . IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. This book was simply so good and I'm still baffled how the hell I ever got approved of reading and reviewing this book. The boyfriend material is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I feel incredibly lucky that both the publisher and Netgalley provided me with an e-arc in exchange for a honest review. I feel so lucky and honoured. I'm definitely saying that y'all need to read it when it comes out since it is so good and British humor is simply superb and the best kind of humor there is. This book is also perfect for people who loved red white and royal blue (boyfriend material has the same queer disaster energy with less spice). But without much further ado here are my options and thoughts while I was reading this funny cute master piece: I'm really, really, liking this and I have no idea why I thought this was young adult CAUSE IT'S NOT!!!! Luc and Oliver are simply the cutest, that's literally all I can say. THEY ARE SO DARN CUTE SO I SHIP IT!Luc is honestly toooo relatable. Both me and him are queer as fuck & disasters of human beings oh and hella sad with traumatic experiences, dashes of self-loathing and 99.99% made up off daddy issues. Oh I'm also a sarcastic fuck too😂😂Besides, Luc's mother is a real treasure too and she reminds me of a French/Irish and way more eccentric version of Stevie Nicks. Lol, all the Rupaul gushing was hilarious. The humor of this book is killing me. It's so freaking funny. I forever can't get over Alex & that Rhys guy. I honestly love how weird they are. I actually thought that Cameron dude's article was pretty darn good but then lol I didn't run the fuck away from the journalist world for nothing. Lol, same goes for the lawyer world *DON'T BE A LAWYER* Guess I'm really sticking with the teacher thing, surprise surprise. #crazyrexgirlfriendreferenceintended The lowkey mentioning of Oliver reading the song of Achilles aka one of my favourite books ever totally didn't kill me *it did* This book is basically DADDY ISSUES and honestly same, same dude. His dad sucks ass though. At least both Luc and Oliver have amazing and supportive friends. They literally have the best friends ever. I loved them so much. I'm loving this book so much and it honestly feels like I'm reading about the future male and less ace version of me😂😂😂I have had like 50 life crises and mental breakdowns this week & the world currently sucks ass, so this book was a damn nice and good distraction (same goes for Lucifer which I'll probably keep referencing in my upcoming book reviews BECAUSE I'M OBSESSED). And lol whoops somehow this review became me oversharing waaay too much😂😂 LOVED THIS BOOK THOUGH, I LOVED IT SO MUCH THAT I COULDN'T BOTHER WITH TAKING NOTES BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE THE STORY. I LOVED AND ENJOYED IT THAT MUCH. Apparently I will always and forever be a huge slut for the fake dating trope cause this book was simply another freaking gold star, okay. This was simply everything I wanted and needed and it honestly was even better than I ever imagined. I'm definitely going to check out more of hall's work and everybody should simply read this if you like romance novels. I simply can't wait for this book to blow up and see the reactions of my friends reading this.
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  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't a standout but it was a sorta kinda cute British romance. One of the key components about this novel I really liked was the opposites attract theme. Luc and Olivier worked out beautifully and it was great to watched them grow together. Besides that, there's not much to rave about. I liked the characters but the rest of the content… was a snoozefest. I just didn't care much about the storyline. It was dull and bland which is disappointing considering I had high hopes f This wasn't a standout but it was a sorta kinda cute British romance. One of the key components about this novel I really liked was the opposites attract theme. Luc and Olivier worked out beautifully and it was great to watched them grow together. Besides that, there's not much to rave about. I liked the characters but the rest of the content… was a snoozefest. I just didn't care much about the storyline. It was dull and bland which is disappointing considering I had high hopes for this. Oh well, I guess you can't win them all.
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  • Sara ❀
    January 1, 1970
    E-Arc kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!> RTC E-Arc kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!> RTC <
  • tara
    January 1, 1970
    NETGALLEY JUST APPROVED MY WISH FOR THIS. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED. YAY!
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