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Boyfriend Material

de Alexis Hall

Sèrie: Boyfriend Material (1)

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This book was amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be and then some. I wanted to savor every moment, but it went by too fast because I just couldn't put it down. It had me laughing all throughout. Except at the end when I was in tears. This is an absolute must-read and I'm so happy I finally got around to reading it.

So let's start with Luc. I think he had the most character development between the two. He starts at a complete jerkface. I didn't like him at all, but slowly he starts to work at this and by the end, he is actually a decent human being. I love how he went from hating almost everything in his life to finally see how much he truly has to be thankful for, with the help of Oliver of course.

Now Oliver. I love Oliver. I think part of it is because he is so perfect in his imperfections. He starts off seemingly so put together that it's borderline snobbish. But really he has very low self-esteem. In the end, with the help of Luc, he comes to realize not how perfect he is, but how it's ok to have imperfections.

All in all this book was amazing. I will be following the author and can't wait to read more of his works. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Update 22/02: The placement of spoilers is a bit skewed so I'm fixing it. Turns out this review was completely spoiler free but evidently I was not paying attention when I wrote this.

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I really really loved this one, and can I just say, it has been some time since I read an LGBTQIA book, and I, for the life of me, can't remember why I didn't read this one before???

I am sorry to say, that though I have in theory read a lot of gay fiction(points to people who know what I'm talking about), I have actually read very little books with gay romances.

The point I'm trying to make is, this was an awesome book, with interesting characters, and amazing plot.

One thing I didn't love was that this book could have been about 2/3 of what it was(length-wise), and it would have still been as good, maybe even better. The plot was really pulled in some places, and I didn't like that. But then the story made up for it, so I was pacified.

I really liked Oliver, and how he gave Luc his space and time, but I really disliked how he kept on not......speaking(?)interacting(?) with Luc at the end of the book. I mean it was worth it, but I did not sign up for the angsty, slow burn, 80,000 words.....I just wanted super angst, and no constant missing each other. To be completely honest, if I wanted that, I would have gone and read a Sherlock fanfic.

Another thing that kinda bothered me, I was constantly imagining Oliver to be like John and Luc to be like Sherlock, which is not what I wanted......though this one was thoroughly and completely my fault; I read too much fanfiction......though in recent times, books have been my calling.

I loved the London setting, and the Gang that Luc has (I really want to be like Priya, who was maybe the only person present with common sense, at times) I also liked how straight people were portrayed in Oliver's friends.

Overall, a wonderful book, one which I might even reread in the future. I recommend it to anyone who likes romance, slow burn, bucketloads of angst, and LGBTQIA books about romance. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
I thought this was a charming romcom in book form. I enjoy the fake relationship trope, unbelievable though it might be, and I think this does it well. ( )
  duchessjlh | May 30, 2021 |
Luc works at a non-profit dedicated to saving the dung beetle. An awkward encounter leads to a terrible photo of him in the paper and his job says get your crap together or you're fired. His father is a rock star (who Luc hasn't seen or spoken to in years) and the rumor is like father, like son. So Luc and his friends decide he needs a fake relationship with a nice man to bring himself back up to par, at least in the charity's eyes. Enter Oliver.

Luc and Oliver make an agreement to fake a relationship so Oliver doesn't have to go to a family event alone and Luc can bolster his reputation. The two hate each other at first but over time, learn that the other isn't as bad as they seem. Both men are adorkable in their own way and awkward when it comes to relationships, talking, people, you name it.

I liked the influence you could see Luc and Oliver had on each other. I also loooved Luc's mom to pieces. Overall the book was a fun read but it had a couple of annoying spots for me.

1) I'm tired of this trend where there is conflict up until the last like 5 pages and then it's all magically resolved. It seems too quick to me. What can I say, I like a good epilogue?

2) The way Oliver's family treated him was absolutely disgraceful and I never felt like that got fully addressed or resolved.

I gave the book 3.5 stars out of 5. I liked it, it made me smile and laugh out loud a few times but those two sticking points took away a bit from it for me.

Boyfriend Material comes out tomorrow. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Original review:
Stopped at chapter 8.
If this was written by anyone else I'd probably just DNF and forget about it. Since it's Alexis Hall, I'm putting it on hold and hoping that I'll one day be in the mood for a romcom in book form. I don't even like watching romcoms, so chances are slim but I can't make myself dnf a Hall book so there.

October 24, 2020
You know what? I'm never going to read this. It's not a case of not being in the mood, it the case of "every time this book crosses my GR feed I kind of cringe and feel guilty for cringing at an Alexis Hall book". The self-inflicted guilt-trip is exhausting. I'm not even going to entertain the idea of a possibility of maybe wanting to read this at some point in the future. Adding to DNF.
  NannyOgg13 | May 8, 2021 |
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