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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With his wry, self-deprecating humor and unflinching vulnerability, Luc O’Donnell—the hero and narrator of Boyfriend Material—is the kind of guy we’d like to call our friend. Luc is also the son of two 1980s rockstars, and his fame by association means the tabloids will sensationalize his actions whenever they’re short a story. That’s why Luc needs levelheaded lawyer Oliver Blackwood to pose as his boyfriend and help reform his image. But, you guessed it, while the relationship is fake, the feelings these friends have for each other are very real. Alexis Hall’s rom-com is genuinely, gut-bustingly funny, but he perfectly balances the silliness with the depth of Luc’s and Oliver’s hang-ups over commitment. We loved this lighthearted, emotional read.
Hall (Fire & Water) breathes new life into the fake-dating trope with this effervescent queer rom-com. Luc O'Donnell, the hapless son of an aging British rock star, is tired of being a tabloid headline. When his employers at the small environmental charity where he works raise concerns about his public image and prompt him to find a stable relationship, Luc lets his friends set him up with Oliver Blackwood, a stuffy but sexy criminal barrister. Though their first date is a disaster, after Luc confesses his true motives, Oliver agrees to pose as his boyfriend at work events if Luc will return the favor at Oliver's parents' anniversary party. Their ruse gets its first test during a fancy work lunch in a hilarious, standout scene reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse. Oliver proves to be "Annoying. And thoughtful. And protective. And secretly kind of funny" as he inspires Luc to take control of his life, supports Luc through his absentee father's cancer diagnosis, and teaches him sex can be meaningful. But Luc's efforts to help Oliver cope with his hypercritical parents backfire, leading to a delightfully comedic take on the inevitable grand romantic gesture. The writing is witty, and Luc and Oliver's chemistry is irresistible, but it's Hall's insights about trust and self-worth that set the story apart. This is a triumph.
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Great British MM RomCom
“It’s easy to be happy when you’re pretending.” Luc O’Donnell is a bit of a mess. He hasn’t seen is rock star father in years. He’s barely holding on to a job at a charity for dung beetles where one more time ending up in the tabloids and he’s done. When he meets barrister Oliver Blackwood they make a pact: Oliver will be the respectable boyfriend for Luc’s charity ball, and Luc will attend Oliver’s parents’ anniversary party.
I consider my friend, Jenna, as my ambassador to the romance genre. When she tells me to read something, I will. I preordered this book and started reading it as soon as it came out. I took a break with this one to finish a couple other books but I flew through the last 300 pages. This book is full of so much humor. I loved all of the characters from Luc’s loyal friend circle to his quirky coworkers. The story is told from Luc’s point of view which is inflected with Hall’s wit and humor that made this book hilarious and lovely. I was rooting for Oliver and Luc the whole time and I was not disappointed. I give the author a lot of credit because I think this book could have become one big cliché but it didn’t, and the actual events of the book were more real than I expected. I loved this book. If you’re looking for a great M/M romance without a lot of graphic sex, this is a perfect selection. I hope more people check it out before the summer is over. ★★★★★ ◊ Trade paperback ◊ Fiction - Romance, M/M Romance, LGBT ◊ Published July 7, 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. ◾︎