Boyfriend Material

Alexis Hall

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ romance
emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

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.

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funny 90%
lighthearted 74%
emotional 63%
hopeful 37%
relaxing 14%
reflective 12%
inspiring 6%
sad 3%
adventurous 2%
tense 2%
challenging 1%


medium 64%
fast 30%
slow 5%

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