Title: Boyfriend Material
Author: Alexis Hall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Edition/Pages: Audiobook, 13 Hours 10 Minutes
I received an ARC copy of this from Casablanca Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Luc is reluctantly famous. And that means that every single misstep lands him in the tabloids – especially now that is rockstar father is out of rehab and making a comeback. In order to clean up his image, Luc needs to find a nice, stable boyfriend. And Oliver is as nice and normal as they come. Unfortunately, apart from also needing a fake boyfriend, Oliver and Luc have nothing in common. But the more time they spend together, the line between fake and reality blurs.
I received an ALC from Libro.fm and I highly recommend checking this out on audio! The narrator does an amazing job bringing Luc’s voice to life – I felt like I was hearing a story from friend the entire time. And every character had a distinguishable and unique voice that fit them perfectly.
➸ POV: 1st Person from Luc’s POV
➸ Luc O’Donnell: 28, Reluctantly famous, Has a bad reputation, Works for a dung beetle charity, Needs to clean up his image to win donor approval, Parents are famous rockstars, Terrified of real emotions
➸ Oliver Blackwood: Barrister, Ethical vegetarian, Polite, Younger brother, Has an opinion about everything
➸ Content Warnings: Cancer, Homophobia, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorder, Depression
Excuse me for my incoherent fangirl of a review – this book was everything I want in a romcom and will easily make my favorites of the year list!
I’ve read a lot of mediocre rom-coms lately. But this one definitely doesn’t land on that list. This book was laugh out loud funny, swoony, steamy, and heartwarming beyond belief. I probably looked like a crazy person listening to this audiobook while I visually swooned over these characters.
Every single character in here had personality and depth. Not only are Luc and Oliver two of my favorite MCs ever, but the side characters were just as strong. Between Luc’s mother, the friend groups, and Luc’s zany coworkers, this book was jam packed with amazing characters. I was so attached to each and every person – I never wanted this to end.
I loved how Alexis Hall balanced the humor with heavier topics. Luc and Oliver are both dealing with some really difficult things. But despite their struggles – both together and personally – this book had such a warm feeling. There were so many examples of supportive and loving relationships from friends, family, and significant others. I love when books highlight the importance of the family you choose versus the family you’re born into. And this did that beautifully.
Luc and Oliver each go through some significant character arcs. They’re definitely not perfect, but they both felt so real and relatable. There chemistry was unreal and they balanced each other so well. These are definitely characters I’ll be thinking about long after finishing this.
Overall this book just blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to be swept away by this characters as wholly as I was. I would read an endless number of books just following these character around. This book has it all – great representation, timely topics, humor, familial drama, and the most swoon worthy romance. Definitely make this the next romance on your list!
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