My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
I am still making my way through my last few books of 2020 and I have a feeling that they may keep going into February. I’ll catch up eventually … maybe.
This week’s book I saw so much last summer and it was on my Wishlist for forever. I don’t know why I hadn’t picked it up sooner, and I really wish I had, but I didn’t and know I am kicking myself for not being able to tell you about such a wonderful book before.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Published: 7th July 2020
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ, Contemporary
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.
I’ll be honest when I first saw this book, and I think I’ve said it before, that the blurb of this book reminded me of Red White and Royal Blue and going into it I was slightly worried that the book was trying to hard to be that book but, though it shares a lot of the same themes, there are a lot of difference.
I loved the fake dating trope, something I seem to be reading (and watching) a lot of at the moment, but it was done so well. Almost everyone one was onto it, and they were convincing no one, but I loved it anyway.
The characters were so vibrant and danced right off the page. They were so weird and wacky that you couldn’t help but laugh out loud. It is so hard to pick a favourite from all the characters we know but Luc is surrounded by some amazingly awesome people who will always have is back and know how to laugh at him as well, which is very important in friends. Luc makes a lot of growth in this book as well, and by the end I was so proud of where he ended up.
One of my favourite parts is that it is set entirely in the UK. I know it is probably by choice that I don’t read a huge amount of books that are set in the UK, but is always a surprise when I open a book and London, or Manchester, or a rural British village pops up on the page before you. Alexis did wonderful justice to London and to the tube system which I agree is awkward when travelling with a companion. Do you talk? do you not? It really is a conundrum.
I have no idea how Alexis Hall hasn’t appeared on my reading radar before but if all her books are as spectacular as this then I will be very happy.
If you haven’t read this book already I highly recommend you pick it up … and soon.
Until next time …