M/M Novels

Boyfriend Material Novel

Novel: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Genres: Romance, Humor

Released: 2020

Part of Book Series: Standalone

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.

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

Whenever I finish a book by Alexis Hall, I always feel like my English gets slightly posher. He composes his words elegantly and that itself is a big win.

The story is cute, the lines are witty and the innocence of two awkward people falling in love is really, really sweet.

I would give this book a full five stars just for the way it was beautifully written and how it brightened my day. However, I would have to take back one star because of Luc’s circle of friends. 

I resent that they see Luc as someone with an awful personality when his reactions or words are actually his defence mechanism. In fact, I personally think that his so-called BFF screwed him over in the past, but they make it seem like Luc is the one with the problem. Luc could use some new friends and I could do without them in this book. 

Overall, if you’re in a mood for something light and fun, this book is a nice read. Just don’t expect too much on the erotica because it is almost non-existent.

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About the author


A former otaku, I have retired from manga and anime and found my love in M/M novels. I have a soft spot for angst with happily ever after, but a little critical on cliches. I like uncomplicated stories, a little hint of mystery and crime as well as something that is not too heavy on the drama.

I read and write mostly in English. Unfortunately, since I started late with my English studies, I am still working on it. I'm pretty much well versed in context, but don't count too much on my grammar.