Oh my effing gaawd, this book is bloody amazing! I love it so much and I’m so sad it’s over. I want a sequel, or another one just like it. And I definitely want more stories by Alexis Hall. And I can feel myself entering a massive book-hangover right now as I’m sitting and writing this review.
Also, I listened to the audio, I didn’t read it. But the drawback with that format is that you can’t high-light stuff. Because I would have high-lighted the fuck out of this book. I might even end up buying the kindle version so I can do just that.
Obviously, Boyfriend Material is worth all the stars and more. But I’m feeling quite overwhelmed right now, so I’m not sure how to properly describe it. It might be, that if a wait a few days and get some distance to the story, I’d feel less enthusiastic. But what would be the point of that? Books are all about the emotions. So there’s no better time to review a book than when you’re still all swept up in the feels.
Synopsis: Luc is having a bad few years. Or more like five years. That’s when his last boyfriend dumped him and sold all his dirty secrets to the press – something that can apparently happen if you’re an estranged son to an old rock legend. Now his self esteem’s at rock bottom and the press always appears to catch him when he’s at his worst, despite him trying his best to avoid getting caught on camera. The last photo of him was the straw for his employer though. If he doesn’t clean up his act, he’s fired. Luc needs a stable, respectable boyfriend. And Oliver – a friend of a friend – is a barrister, a vegetarian for ethical reasons and agrees to play the part. Oliver’s also very hot, and kind, and perhaps perfect for Luc. For real that is.
This is somewhat of a tired, old trope, the fake boyfriend one. But Hall gave it an entirely new spin. The whole story was like that. So bloody refreshing and surprising, in the best possible way. Luc and Oliver both had some serious issues, and they were both so awkward and endearing. They felt real. Like, real real. I think that was one of the things that impressed me most about this story. The perfectly imperfect interactions between Luc and Oliver. Also, the humour. Hilarious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Oh, and the large repertoire of characters, each so very full-bodied (pun intended), which is really unusual. And the twists and turns of the story; awesome. Especially that last one, it just came right out of left field and kind of socked me in the head. Basically, I’m really impressed by this book.
The only thing that could have made this story better would have been if the sexytimes had been, well, on-page. This was a fade-to-black kind of story for those sections. Which is so, so sad.
And the audio: The narrator, Joe Jameson was spectacular. Yeah, that sums it up nicely. I could go on and on about how perfect he was for the story, and how it was freaking brilliant the way he managed to do all the different characters and voices unique and funny without being over the top. But I’ll try to keep it short(ish).
I have to confess, that I thought I disliked British narrators. But this story made me realize I really only dislike American narrators trying to do British accents. You live and learn. 🙂
Anyway, I feel sort of sorry for my next read. There’s no way it could possibly measure up to Boyfriend Material.