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Boyfriend Material

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  11,706 ratings  ·  3,198 reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**$2.99 today only (10/14/20) at Amazon US!!**

Boyfriend Material spoke to me.

I was truly not expecting to love it. I've had mixed experiences with Alexis Hall in the past, and I honestly didn't know he could be so funny. This book is hilarious, especially if you like kind of snarky, British humor, and I found myself laughing out loud to myself in bed, shoulders positively shaking (my husband did not appreciate this).

But that's how this book gets you. Under the humor lies the feels.

The emotion
chai ♡
edit: joy officially restored to my life

rumor has it this is a queer romcom that features: the fake dating trope, two grumps, and there was only one bed, Muslim sapphics, the Token Cishet trope, and lots of laughs. can't wait to restore some semblance of joy to my life!!!!
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Luc O'Donnell, also known as the son of two incredibly famous rock stars, has hit the (yet another) speed bump of his life.

His dad just picked up another show and his fame is on the rise (again)...and with that comes increased paparazzi for all those tangentially poor Luc.

Luc's latest scandal (though relatively minor) was enough to send his bosses he
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
**I received an advance copy of this book from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much for approving me for this ARC!**

I’m aware I rarely say this about books, but this was FANTASTIC! Once I started to read “Boyfriend Material” I couldn’t stop anymore and with every chapter I read, I was drawn even more into the story. The conversations between the two MCs, Luc and Oliver, were so much fun and I found myself clutching the
Mary S. R.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The core ingredients in my fighting-depression arsenal:

➊ book with an i-am-dying level of hilariousness
➋ book with an i-shall-overdose level of adorableness
➌ book with an oh-my-rainbow-heart level of LGBT+ rep
➍ accordingly chosen music for playlist ➾ Spotify link
Or, you know, in short: this book aka Boyfriend Material.

“I’m in love with you, Lucien. But it seems hardly adequate.”

You need to understand, the humour in this book shines quite blindingly through every scene, be it awkward, sweet,
K.J. Charles
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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay so this book. Let me tell you about this book.

This book is forking great. And perfect and sexy and hysterical and romantic and fun and devastating and sweet and oh my god this book. I want you to read it right now this very second.
Talia Hibbert
Basically the book of my dreams. The perfect romcom. Flawless. An instant classic. Hot-mess POV hero who you will want to cuddle. Enigmatic, perfect love interest who’s not so perfect after all, except I love him, so he is. Iconic friendship group. Glittering, knife’s-edge prose. I have lost the ability to sentence because I will never be as good at it as Alexis Hall so what's the point. I'm not even mad I'm just ready to read it all again. Six stars. Seven. Ten. Let's GO
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of slow burn romance, fake dating tropes and British humour
It was just so fucking... heart emoji that I actually had to take a moment.

Permission to squee for the rest of all time. I know I have often referred to romcoms leaving me a pile of warm gooey goodness, but I can't help it if it's true.

The year 2020 is one that will go in the history books as one where the world went topsy turvy. My 2020 disasters bingo card basically became obsolete when China diagnosed the bubonic plague and there was a rabbit ebola outbreak in the US. Clearly the
☆ Todd
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although I did really like both Luc and Oliver, in the end, after TWELVE DAYS of stop and start reading, I found this book slightly tiring to get through.

At a reported 427 pages, I found the pacing to be significantly slower than I prefer, so I kept putting it down over and over again, with less and less enthusiasm to pick it back up again.

I think that if the level of banter had been higher, that would've helped, but as written, to me at least, it felt like the story couldn't really decide if it
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, libro-fm
This was a fun, delightful rom-com that had me smirking at Luc and his antics! The poor boy just can't get out of his own way!

Luc O'Donnell is the grown child of 2 celebrities. As such, his life is always present in the tabloids...and never in a good light. His boss needs him to prove he’s finally matured and becoming settled in his life. Luc realizes that he quickly needs a boyfriend to show everyone he’s no longer the playboy the media has been made out to be.

Enter Oliver Blackwood.

4.25 stars


Boyfriend Material is my first Alexis Hall book and I am in LOVE. This book was fun, hilarious, emotional, and all around a great read.

Luc O’Donnell had a famous-ish father he’s been estranged from since he was a child and now it’s ruining his life. Literally, he is in the tabloids for the dumbest things just for being his father’s son. Because of this, his image isn’t the best right now. He works for a fundraiser and many don’t want to donate because of this. He has to do somethi
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, m-m, aar, queer-romance
THAT, my friends, is how to do a Rom-Com.

*mic drop*

I've given this an A at AAR.

Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material is quite possibly the best romantic comedy I’ve ever read.  Almost every page produced a smile, a grin, a snort or a full-out belly-laugh – and I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book that produced full on giggling of the sort that made my family members give me funny looks.

I love a good fake-relationship story and this is a VERY good one.  The premise is nothing new; ou
This book. Go read it. You'll like it. I promise.

Before reading I saw some people compare this book to Red, White, and Royal Blue and I got nervous because I really didn't like that book (sorry, not sorry). Still, curiosity won out and I decided that I simply had to read it. And I'm so glad I did because not only was this book kind of hilarious, but it was just plain good!

My favorite thing about this book was the characters. Simply put, I loved them. Every single one of them. The main two, Luc a
daph pink
I want my money back !

I am 100 pages in the book and I want to say a few things:-
1. For fuck sake please
Luc and Oliver stop talking like 15/16 year old teens and for once please act your age ( 28 years)!!
2. One dimensional side characters
3. It's not a fiction it's a fanfiction you understand me !
4. It's silly
5. It's juvenile
6. It's boring !
7. I am dropping it for now!
8. I am disappointed!
9. I am dnfing it for now
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 ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was many things for me.

A bit on the YA side, it's not exactly my usual cup of tea, but if there is one thing I want to point out right after finishing this story:
The character development is absolutely amazing.

I love seeing a character grow. Lucien actually grows so much he turned from a guy I really didn't care for to a man I (and probably any gay guy with his head screwed on right) would be super proud to call my boyfriend.

Lucien is difficult to like at the beginning. Living in his
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Boyfriend Material is exactly what it looks like: a lovely, easily read British romcom with a M/M relationship that introduces fuzzy feels. Also, dung beetles?

I've been looking for good LGBTQ+ rom-coms for quite a while, and whilst this isn't exactly at the level of RWRB, it is light and fun. The pacing could have been tightened in some areas, perhaps, but at the end of the day it's a rom-com and not a thriller or something. I really like the dynamics Luc had with his parents, and Oliver and Lu
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: standalone, mm, british
Alexis Hall has a unique way of using humor, and this book was no exception.

I loved the British slang, and how hilarious it was at times. I was grinning and smiling my way through the book. The writing was incredibly well done, with brilliant little gems of narrative, witty banter, and just wonderful character development.

It’s a very romantic kind of story, although the overall storyline sounds predictable, the author puts his own spin to it and I adored the end result. There was some drama, s
3.5 stars
This was super cute. This romance feels very Red, White and Royal Blue inspired, and while I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed that book, I still thought this book was super cute. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator really brought these characters to life, they have really cute chemistry and I'm a sucker for the fake dating trope.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I slept less than 4 hours because this book was more important than my mental health (which is strongly connected to my sleeping habit), so yeah. Recommend it.
Larry H
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars.

Sometimes it takes a fake boyfriend to turn your world around.

In Alexis Hall's newest book, Boyfriend Material , Luc is the son of musicians, and while he never met his rock star father, it’s not stopped the tabloids from covering Luc’s every misdeed, especially with his father’s resurgent career.

Since everyone just assumes Luc is a depressed lush who flits from guy to guy, he feels it’s easier just to behave that way. And since he's only had disappointing relationships, it's best n
SO. DAMN. GOOD. Alexis Hall sure knows how to write a sweet sexy snarky romcom. Luke has a problem he has a bit of a bad boy reputation, and that is not flying well at his job. He needs a reputable boyfriend and he needs him stat! Oliver is a successful barrister the perfect respectful fake boyfriend for Luke. But now Luke has another problem... he cannot stand Oliver. I just loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this book! Luke was such an adorable character flaws and all. Oliver was a great charac ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
3.5 stars rounded up to a 4! Boyfriend Material was really stinking cute. It is a QUEER, FAKE DATING, opposites attract romance that I had an absolute blast reading. I will say, the will-they-won't-they went on for what felt like longer than it needed to which did ultimately make the book as a whole feel a bit long for me. But overall I really did enjoy this one and I'm looking forward to reading more from Alexis Hall in the future!
Susanne  Strong
Laughing through the tears! Hilarious, Snarky, Sexy, Sarcastic and Sweet!

This m/m Rom-Com has it all: Witty banter, hilarity and seriously sweet situations that capture the heart.

Bravo Alexis Hall! “Boyfriend Material” made me laugh so hard I cried and admit to snorting hysterically.

This brilliantly plotted romantic comedy completely drew me in with its flawed characters and an ingenious storyline. The characters of Luc and Oliver kept me intrigued throughout and always kept me wishing, hopi
Bhavya Marya
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Audio - 5 stars
Story - 4 stars

Joe Jameson really did an excellent job in differentiating all the voices and I wasn't once confused about who's speaking. He conveyed the story perfectly to me. He made the story come alive.

This was my first book by Alexis Hall and I think it's a tragedy I've only read one book by this author because the way this book is written has totally earned Alexis Hall a new fan. I was hooked to the writing style only a couple chapters in. When I wasn't listening to it, I w

I had an awesome time reading this one and it was exactly what I needed. It made me feel good and that is always a big plus in my book ;)

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I loved the writing style of this one and being new to Alexis Hall, this is good news, because this means I can now start a whole new list of books to my TBR list.

Now as funny as this book was to me, it's not all there is to it. There were definitely some other emotions involved while I read this one, though the snark and banter were my favorite :P

It took a whi
Lauren Lanz
There are certain stories that have you smiling without the realization of doing so. Stories that have a gift for lifting spirits and putting readers in an undoubtedly happy mood. Boyfriend Material easily fits under this description, with it’s consistently funny narrative and lovely romance.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

Luc O’Donell is the son of two rock stars, one of which left when he was a toddler. Now, his father is in and out of rehab preparing for a comeback, meaning Luc is thrust
Richard Derus
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So it's sweet & cute & sneakily hilarious...but really, a 4.75* read for me.

I'm about done with 2020 and its shuddering horrors. I opened this library book to get away from nastiness and grimness. It was a pretty good decision. I slept four hours & even dreamed of these two. The pace dragged twice, once in the Cadwallader Club, once in Milton Keynes, but what a joyous rollicking ride it was getting there then getting away.

I loved laughing so hard it hurt, I loved misting up because the foolish b
Lois Bujold
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in contemporary British m/m rom com
Recommended to Lois by: continuing from the author's prior work
4 stars because it made me laugh so much, tho' it's not my usual reading genre. Contemporary m/m and very-modern-British rom com with opposites-attract fake-date tropes well explored. Through a complicated (well, all right, contrived, but one must allow a start-point) set of circumstances, the wounded by prior betrayals baddish-boy Luc, son of 80s rock stars, hooks up with buttoned-down barrister Oliver ostensibly so each will have a date for a major upcoming event. Actual romance ensues, as awk ...more
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“You know you’re wearing pyjamas wrong, right?”
He didn’t look up. “Oh?”
“Yeah, you’re supposed to just wear the bottoms, and have them hanging low on your hips, displaying your perfectly chiselled V-cut.”
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