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‘I came to him like I thought I’d never come to anyone – forgetting to hold back in the need to make him feel as safe and cherished and as special as he made me. I held him, and he clung to me, and we moved together….’

We loved this book!! You know those cartoons where they have love hearts coming out of their eyes? Well, that’s how we felt reading Boyfriend Material! Our hearts were positively bursting! We laughed, we swooned, and we fell in love with two vastly different guys, Luc, and Oliver!

‘I’m not as strong as you think I am.”
“This isn’t about strength, it’s about who you’re choosing to make you happy.”

This was our first book by Alexis Hall and now we want more because we loved absolutely everything about this story! A fake relationship, two beautiful men, a sort of enemies to lovers thrown into the mix, and the writing! OMG! We relished Alexis Hall’s writing style. The flair, the wit, the warmth, passion and romance….ohhh, it was all exactly what the book doctor ordered! What a fabulous feelgood story! These two guys completely stole our hearts!

“You are many things, Lucien. But you could never be average.”

After one negative tabloid story too many, Lucien (Luc) O’Donnell, has to smarten up his act or risk his job at a fundraiser working alongside some eccentric and laugh out loud funny workmates for a charity that ensures the future of the dung beetle. Whilst it’s not the job of his dreams, it’s one he wants to hold onto, but with the negative press putting his donors and his boss offside, Luc needs to attract good publicity, and he’s been burned by people selling their stories about him to the press.

“It’s just easier to push people away than watch them leave.”

The chronicling of Luc’s indiscretions in the tabloids is courtesy of his rock star father, Jon Fleming who is on the cusp of making a comeback. Luc’s father walked out on him and his mother, who Luc has a fantastic and hilarious relationship with when Luc was 3, and he’s not too thrilled at to have his father reappear in his life.  It’s decided Luc needs a fake boyfriend, one who will spin a good story, bringing the donors back into favour and loosening up their purse strings. But can he pull it off?

‘I’m a criminal barrister. Most people think we’re the scum of the earth.”
“- and I’m the disgraced son of a disgraced rock star. I’m unnecessarily mean. And make terrible decisions.”

Luc’s publicist friend Bridget has just the man! Enter Oliver Blackwood, a 30 year old hot, stable, single and a successful criminal barrister. Although Luc and Oliver’s path had unsuccessfully crossed in the past, they both agree to a fake relationship which will benefit them both.

“Are we really bad at this? I asked. “We’ve been fake dating for three days and we’ve already fake broken up once.”
“Yes, but we fake resolved our difficulties and fake got back together, and I’m hoping is made us fake stronger.”

That’s all rather simplifying the story because experiencing the emotions between Luc and Oliver will fill your heart, the banter between Luc, Oliver and their eccentric friends is a laugh out loud delight! The puns between Luc and his workmates Rhys and Alex will have you in stitches! The relationship between Luc and Mum is hilariously warm and yet, amongst an amusing, sweet and entertaining story, Alexis Hall manages to wonderfully explore the complexities of family relationships.

‘He smiled. Oliver Blackwood was smiling. At me. For me. Because of me…’

We dare, no, we double dare you to not be as swept up in this deliciously funny, heart-warmingly sweet and in its own way, meaningful and poignant story. The characteristics of Luc and Oliver were brought to life in a story of love, trust and taking chances, and a story we never wanted to end.

“He’s the best boyfriend I’ve ever had.”
offered Priya, “is because you’re a titanic romantic disaster with incredibly low standards.”

Releasing tomorrow! 



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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