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.
Boyfriend Material is probably one of my favourite reads of 2020 so far. Luc’s inner voice is so tragically relatable – awkward, insecure, but also loving and hopeful – anyone who’s ever been hurt will instantly understand Luc’s vulnerability. Also, Luc is an absolutely lovable trainwreck in social situations, but they’re so LUC that you just end up wanting to give the poor guy a hug.
This book is simply life – there’s no HUGE drama that permeates the story – it’s all relational, and I appreciated that. There’s a big emphasis on support networks, friends, family, and love. Both Luc and Oliver have great friend groups, and the author found it important to give them all unique voices and ways of supporting the two lovebirds. Luc and Oliver themselves are also super supportive of one another – they don’t let each other get beaten down by assaholic relatives, or their own inner demons. All the little details of their relationship made them perfect for each other despite their differences and I loved every second of their love story!
I’d recommend it to those who loved If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. To set expectations, this is a fairly wholesome book – more fade-to-black than explicit – so don’t go into it expecting lots of sordid sex.
Boyfriend Material is chalk full of humour and ALL the feels. Despite its general lightheartedness, there’s a lot of psychology and emotion for the two MCs to work through. Full of heart and love, I definitely recommend this book to everyone!
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.21/5
eARC obtained via Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.