Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Sourcebooks Casablanca | July 7, 2020
Boyfriend Material is my third book by Alexis Hall. That was a bonus surprise, because when I requested this book I didn’t even look at the author’s name. I saw the cover, read the synopsis, and thought to myself “Man, that looks cute!”
I was right, too. It’s adorable!
I’ve read other authors who base their stories in the UK, but none of them feel as realistic as a story written by Alexis Hall. Don’t get me wrong, I have no idea how accurate the descriptions and terminology were, but it feels legit. It was especially perfect with Oliver’s stuffiness, and Luc’s sarcasm. Their relationship dynamic was a refreshing departure from what’s “normal” in this genre. Usually one character is grumpy and gruff, where the other is a gentle soul. In this case neither Luc nor Oliver fit those descriptions. There was something sweet and vulnerable in both of them, and I loved it. He’s good at breaking the mold, though. It’s the author’s strength.
Alexis Hall took a few departures from his normal too.
For instance, this was the first Alexis Hall I read without sex scenes. Sex is hard to write, but I wouldn’t say Alexis Hall was bad at it. In fact, I distinctly remember loving the sexual relationship in For Real. I tried to go back to read my review, but alas, it is lost forever. What I can say is, I loved the romantic fade to black scenes between Oliver and Luc. We got just enough, and it was good, before the door closed on us peeping Tom’s, leaving Oliver and Luc to their own private moment. It was gloriously done.
In fact, the writing style reminded me a lot of TJ Klune.
It wasn’t only the “romance over sex” style, but it was also in the way the characters interacted. It was in the crazy groups of friends with the quick witty one liners flinging back and forth. Alexis Hall wrote with a whimsy I don’t remember in his previous books, and it worked.
Clearly it works for me, anyway.
Seeing as TJ is my fav.
If he keeps it up, I’ll likely read more of these newer books. And, since I lost my review, I’m going back to reread For Real too! Humph.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.