Mini Review | Boyfriend Material (Boyfriend Material #1) by Alexis Hall

Title: Boyfriend Material (Boyfriend Material #1) by Alexis Hall

Published: July 7, 2020

Genre(s): adult, romance, LGBT, contemporary

Read as: ebook, owned

Rating: 3

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wanted:
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.

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book. Contemporary romance usually isn’t my thing but I wanted something fluffy as I’ve been in a bad brain space.

The romance itself in this book is nice. It isn’t perfect and there are issues and troubles and drama at every turn. I appreciated that aspect. In so many adult romance novels there is the slow start, falling in love, a Big Thing that causes a problem, and then everything is reconciled. This felt more like a real relationship with little troubles peppered throughout.

My problem was with the main character, Luc, himself. His self-loathing and self-destructive behavior took on a level I’ve only seen in soap operas. It made him feel like little more than a selfish child which, honestly, may have been the point but that doesn’t make it grind my gears any less. Actually, both Luc and Oliver just felt like excessively dramatic caricatures of their respective archetypes.

Overall, I did appreciate the character development in the end and I really enjoyed Luc’s dysfunctional friend-group. I was looking for a bit of fluffy escapism and this book provided exactly that.

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