"It's a fun, frothy quintessentially British romcom about a certified chaos demon and a stern brunch daddy with a heart of gold faking a relationship."—New York Times bestselling author Talia Hibbert
AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH
Named a best book of the year by Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, The Washington Post, and more!
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.
Discover the LGBT romance about exact opposites falling in perfectly imperfect love that New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CHRISTINA LAUREN calls "hilarious, witty, tender, and stunning."
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.
Cute fun light read
i love it
luc’s journey and transformation are funny, heartwarming, and beautifully written
Absolutely & Delightfully Romantic
I just recently discovered Alexis Hall and I have to say I am so happy that I did. This book was funny, frustrating, smart, and absolutely and delightfully romantic! Lucien, the main character, though at time too self defeating has a beautiful arc that earns the ending. Oliver is every savior complex’s dream guy. The surrounding cast colorful and hilarious. Hall knocks it out of the park and I cannot wait to read the sequel!