Boyfriend material by Alexis Hall
Format: ARC provided by Raincoast books
Top 3 Genres: LGBTQIA, Contemporary, Romance
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey bookdragons! Today is the last day I work before being on holidays, taking the plane and going to see my family!
But back to reading… What do you think of the fake partner trope? I thought I didn’t like it, but apparently, I really do haha! Last example: Boyfriend Material!
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.
Not the best of starts
I was not sure what to expect with this book, I just heard great reviews and it made me curious enough to pick it up…. and we did not start on the best of terms.
After a few chapters, I must say, I was offended by the French parts in this book. Let me clarify: Luc’s mother is supposed to be half French, and so put French words and sentences when she appears in the book. And it was THE MOST AWFUL French use I had ever seen, so many mistakes. I can’t believe it would be that complicated to have it checked out! Really really infurating.
Then, I found the pretext for the fake dating (Luc not wanting to lose his job) to be a bit ridiculous. Like, what a length to go to for a job you don’t even really like?
But then… the magic happened.
I met Oliver. The sweetest character ever, a real cinnamon roll of a man. And Luc started to be more than a self centered character, we started to see his insecurities and their roots, his feelings and how he could shoot himself in the foot sometimes.
And Oliver, my poor baby Oliver who is so full of hope when it comes to loving someone, but also so afraid he might let the chance of happiness fly away..
Now, imagine these two started fake dating, but then learning to real-like each other... that will give you a perfect, emotional and cute, romance. Seriously, it was so good it made me forget what had me so upset at first.
I loved their moments together, the back and forth of their relationship, how they slowly open up to each other, but step back just as quickly to avoid any kind of hurt. It was irresistible.
And then, there is the humour. This book is hilarious! I laughed out loud so many times, and loved the banter between the characters, but also the way Luc was being so sarcastic. It was also a very British humor, and I’m all for it. Here is actually my favorite quote:
» we’d barely made into the hallway before he was on me like I was a vegan brownie« .
It still makes me laugh haha!
In a few words
Despite a rocking start, this romance ended up being such a fun read, with a romance that was all I could ask for and more!
See you for a cup,