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Boyfriend Material
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Wanted: One (fake) boyfriend Practically perfect in every way Luc O'Donnell is tangentiallyand reluctantlyfamous. 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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kezzlou85
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Oh I loved this so much. It was so good. Cheesy at times yes, predictable yes but did I love it, yes I did. It was such a funny read. So many times I laughed out loud. The characters are an eclectic mix but it works. I love Luc and of course Oliver. It's him seeing Luc's fragile side and just being there for him. The plot is well written, funny and relatable. A fab read and I'm off to find the second. 5*

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🎧🐾 It‘s a beautiful morning! #audiowalk

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TheatreSpaz
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YES! Hall managed to write a rom com with heart and depth that really explores what it means to take the scary step toward a healthy relationship. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the sequel (currently two people ahead of me for it from the library).

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kezzlou85
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In the fresh air for an afternoon of reading and to fight off Covid. Came back from holiday only to find we've all gone down with it. Thankfully despite it all, only minor symptoms.

kspenmoll Oh no! Get well as soon as you can- and all your family too! 1w
Graywacke Wish you all well 1w
kezzlou85 @kspenmoll thank you so much. The girls are fine now and we're getting there. 1w
kezzlou85 @Graywacke thank you so much. 1w
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This was “I want to buy it even though I read it for free via Prime Reading” kind of good. It‘s a rom-com, with ridiculous antics that make some suspension of disbelief necessary. However, the book made me laugh out loud multiple times, and Luc is actually a rather believable character, as is Oliver. I could deal with other characters being absurd for humour or drama. I‘m glad the book doesn‘t get too steamy, but that‘s just personal preference.

TheatreSpaz You put it so well! The supporting characters are almost caricatures (absolutely lovable ones!) but Luc and Oliver were very well rounded. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to read the sequel. 1w
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Finished my reread of this last night and it's still one of my favorite reads!! The characters are all so adorable and quirky, and I love the witty talk, especially Oliver's vocabulary like wow that's so hot 😂 Now I'm ready for husband material!! #queer #gay #feels

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Fair.

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Nutmegnc How can I pick just one??!!! 2w
LoverOfLearning A brilliant work of journalism. 2w
Nutmegnc @LoverOfLearning that looks GOOD! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The tagged is on my shelf 📚 2w
Nutmegnc @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just started the sequel and it‘s EVEN BETTER??!!! 2w
LoverOfLearning @Nutmegnc so so inspiring and eye opening I read it for a college class and wrote a report on it. 2w
Nutmegnc @LoverOfLearning 🥰🥰🥰 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Nutmegnc I better catch up!! 2w
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Gissy
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Posting late🙄307 pages were read during #JubilantJuly Readathon @Andrew65
Love this romance. Funny things but also family issues still present, hurting. Long way to heal. A kind of love/hate relationship at the beginning. Love Lucien‘s mother. 3.8⭐️The sequel is out of stock online and is not available in my bookstores😩well I have to wait🤷🏽‍♀️
#LittensLoveRokance @Staycurious
July 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2w
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I found this image and thought it went perfectly with this book and the way that Luc is brave enough to suck at a relationship with Oliver. I really enjoyed this book, loved both of their characters and laughed out loud over and over. Four stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

#romantsy

rockpools That quote made me smile! And I really enjoyed Boyfriend Material too 😊 2w
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance book discussion: I hope you enjoyed reading Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall this past month. I loved it and can‘t wait for the sequel! Here are a few discussion openers that you can answer in the comments. Feel free to ask your own questions and get people chatting. Enjoy!

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julesG I missed Oliver's thoughts. I would have liked to be in his head for a few chapters. - - I like how the two of them complement each other. Luc is blunt where bluntness might get the message across much better than being polite and swallowing your feelings, whereas Oliver is polite and uses his measured barrister tones to help diffuse tricky situations. 3w
StayCurious @julesG yes I think their differences will mesh well together in the end 3w
julesG I appreciated the closed door romance. It was spicy enough to get an idea, but I didn't need (and here I'm quoting myself from a Lauren Blakely MM romance) "a blow by blow" account of events. 3w
julesG I think the big blow off with the parents/Luc's father might happen in the sequel. - - - I'm reading the ARC right now, which I was very much looking forward to. - - - Yes, I think it was the right thing to do, pushing Luc to confront Oliver. Luc was very much stuck inside the hamster wheel of his own thoughts and his friends set him straight. I like their friendship dynamic. They are the kind of friends who'd help you burry the body. 😉 3w
julesG My question to Alexis Hall would be, can we expect more books in the Luc&Oliver universe? Not necessarily in the Bridget Jones kind of way though. Alas, I fear, the story is told after book two. (I've been pushing off reading the last 17% of the ARC for a day now, I don't want it to end.) 3w
Clwojick Ahh! Okay. I adored this book! While I was reading it, I did miss Oliver‘s thoughts, but I also don‘t think the book would‘ve been a five star read for me had I known all of his inner thoughts from the get go. Maybe the epilogue could have been from Oliver‘s perspective? I‘m really hoping that they resolve some issues with the ahole parents (aside from Luca mom, of course… she was a straight up Gem, and I loved every single scene with her) 3w
Clwojick … In the second book. I also hope we see more of Luc and Oliver‘s friends because they were all fantastic. ❤️ 3w
KristiAhlers @julesG I completely agree I would love more books with these characters. I have to admit at first I was really conflicted about this read but once I stuck with it I was hooked 3w
KristiAhlers @Clwojick right? I love it when secondary characters add to a story. 3w
KristiAhlers I personally loved the banter and the writing style. I totally got the movie Notting Hill as far as the friends go. And I get that we didn‘t get an idea of Oliver‘s issues until the because of a follow up book but I would‘ve liked a little more info in this book. Overall it‘s a pick for me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. 3w
Catsandbooks I would have enjoyed to see Oliver's perspective, but I still loved it either way. Hopefully in the sequel we'll see Oliver tell off his parents and Luc tell off his dad. I agree that Luc's mom is fantastic and his friends are great too! As for the romance level I'm good with any and all spice levels 🌶. I'll definitely read the sequel at some point! 2w
peanutnine @Clwojick I agree that having Oliver's thoughts would have taken away some of the mystery and I liked just having Luc's perspective 2w
peanutnine I'm on board with any spice level in a book, but I think the closed door for this story worked best. I really loved the passage where Luc is describing the emotional night he spends with Oliver and says "It‘s not the sort of thing you talk about, okay? It was for us. And it was everything." *swoon* ? 2w
peanutnine I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel to see how Oliver handles his family now that he realizes they're assholes. And how Luc manages dealing with them after his horrible first impression 2w
peanutnine @julesG I saw Alexis Hall announced a book 3 in this universe, but it will focus on a character from Husband Material 2w
CarolynM I‘m fine with the single perspective - that‘s Alexis Hall‘s style and I love it. I love the way he writes - his blog and his GR reviews keep me happy between books. I wouldn‘t have minded a more open door, but as @julesG said there was enough 🌶 to give an idea. He has had some interesting things to say about sex scenes which you can read via his website https://quicunquevult.com/select-media/ I particularly recommend “the one about handjobs” 2w
CarolynM On my first read I found Oliver‘s behaviour around his family, subsequent dismissal of Luc and the final reunion less than fully convincing. But when I did the audio, and with this reread I was happy to go with it. Luc‘s friends are great and the whole roadtrip-quest and it‘s failure are comic gold. I have SO many questions for AH, far too many for the 451 character limit🤣 2w
julesG @peanutnine Oh, great. Something to look forward to. 😁 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig @peanutnine I just loved that 'and it was everything.' 2w
StayCurious @Crinoline_Laphroaig wasn't that such a great line? 2w
StayCurious @peanutnine I just loved that line 2w
MeganAnn Meant to go back and answer these when I had more time the other day and I completely forgot! Loved this one SO much! 😍🥰 I personally think that the single perspective from Luc‘s POV was perfect for this story. It gave Oliver a bit more mystery and allowed us to see Luc‘s growth better. I think with Oliver‘s POV I might have gotten more annoyed with Luc‘s inability to see himself worthy of a relationship & some of the miscommunication. 2w
MeganAnn I love all spice levels so for me the closed door was fine. It worked for these characters and like @peanutnine said, that line was perfection 😍 I would have liked to see Oliver confront his family, but perhaps that will be a part of the sequel? I think he definitely needs more time before he‘ll be ready to do something like that. I loved how Luc handled it though. 🥰 And I loved Luc‘s friends and his mother. Such a fantastic support system! 2w
MeganAnn I also loved that the grand gesture is sort of a fail in this book. Can‘t wait to read the sequel for this one! And I‘m also looking forward to reading Hall‘s recently released historical fiction: 2w
MeganAnn @CarolynM read “the one about handjobs” which was a very interesting read. Thanks for sharing! 2w
Catsandbooks @peanutnine @julesG I saw on Alexis Hall's website there's actually going to be 5 total books in this universe! https://quicunquevult.com/book/boyfriend-material/ 2w
peanutnine @Catsandbooks yes I just saw that announcement! So exciting! 2w
MoonWitch94 I was a bit behind & just finished last night. I loved this novel. I agree with others that I missed Oliver‘s POV, BUT I think it adds some mystery, which I liked. And I think it‘s so romantic that we as readers are not privy to the details of their sex life. I totally swooned when Luc said it was just for them. 😍 I love than Luc‘s “dicks” made took him on a wild goose chase for love! 2w
Gissy I will joined some of the questions: I will like to ask the author the motivation to write this book. Where the idea comes from, how he create/developed the characters. Which character was his most difficult one, least favorite character and if he identifies with any of the them. I think that Oliver, communication is important but difficult to manage his own family issues. I think we will see in sequel how he managed the situation. So sad⬇️ 2w
Gissy Lucien on the other hand, is less communicative about his feelings but well supported by family, well except his father but as an adult, he needs to resolve the issue. He can‘t change his father. I think closure is within themselves, how you grow with these experiences. Luc‘s friends were supportive. They just recommended what they thought was best for Luc and it worked. Those friends made laughed. I loved that romance❤️Great book club choice🤗❤️ 2w
Marmie7 I really enjoyed this despite my misgivings in the beginning. I'm not really a romance reader, but I became invested in all the characters. I loved Lucs' friends. I completely related to his relationship with his father, mine was similar. Wasn't sure if these two should end up together, but by the end convinced and happy they did. Looking forward to the sequel💕 2w
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GirlNamedJesse
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I ended up enjoying this one, but just not as much as I‘d hoped. It took until halfway through the book for me to be pulled in, and even then Oliver‘s brusqueness just really put me off. There was more humor in the second half, which I liked, and my jaw literally dropped when the boys interacted with the Blackwoods. Entertaining, but not a new favorite. #LittensLoveRomance

GirlNamedJesse I do want to add that I‘m grateful for the #LittensLoveRomance book club because without that deadline I would‘ve either DNF‘d or taken another two months to finish it. So thanks! 😊 2w
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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite… I didn‘t really care about the characters and it was easy for me to put down!

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Roadtrip‼️ I'm finally listening to Boyfriend Material. It's keeping me company on a Roadtrip.

julesG Hope you enjoy it and have a smooth trip. 3w
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@StayCurious Finished reading this with LittensLove Romance Book club. Loved it, it was so witty and entertaining. The author knows how to let the reader know what is actually going on in the characters head while yet speaking. It was fun to watch the characters interact. It would be fun to have this as a movie

StayCurious I totally agree a movie would be a lot of fun! 3w
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StayCurious
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My heart! I felt all the feelings in these last few chapters. We find out that Oliver, who before now has always seemed perfect and in control, has some major issues. His family is…the worst. We find out that Luc‘s father is ready to abandon him again now that he‘s gotten a clean bill of health. But despite everything, and despite Oliver running scared, Luc does have people in his life that will continue to support him (they always have). Cont.👇

StayCurious There‘s the grand gesture - that doesn‘t quite go according to plan, and finally the honesty about how they feel. It was a good ending but with the sequel coming out, maybe it was really a good beginning. Discussion to come on Sunday! #LittensLoveRomance (edited) 3w
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BarkingMadRun I loved the ending, poor Oliver! I wanted to beat you his awful parents 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I just finished yesterday and it was great! 3w
julesG I'm nearly done reading the sequel (ARC) and I'm hoping there's going to be another book about Luc and Oliver. Those two are just great together. 3w
BethM This was great! 3w
Gissy I need to continue with this story! I need the sequel in my life! So many issues to manage but the communication has been the tool between these two. Lovely couple. I love Lucien‘s mother, so unique. 3w
Read4life I loved this book! I‘m reading the ARC of Husband Material now and loving it, too. Laughing out loud enough that people ask what I‘m reading. ☺️ 3w
slategreyskies I loved this book! I laughed and cried and then sighed in happiness. Such a great read! 2w
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Clwojick
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I‘m about half way through, and i cannot stop giggling! Loving it so far. #Littensloveromance

sherri I'm seeing this one a lot. Added to my TBR. :) 3w
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Clwojick
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Current plans for #20in4, which I‘m actually starting today because I‘m off 😆 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I still have an ARC o Innsomni I have to read. Good luck. 3w
AnansiGirl Nice! I‘m doing the same thing! 😁 3w
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xicanti
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I planned to read a library book next, but I have an ARC of Alexis Hall‘s HUSBAND MATERIAL and last night I realized it comes out on August 2nd, not August 22nd like I thought. Eep!

So here I am, rereading BOYFRIEND MATERIAL in preparation. Honestly, I regret nothing. I‘m laughing my arse off over here, with plenty of EMOTIONS in the mix too. My favourite readerly combination.

writerlibrarian Same here. I'm starting Husband material hoping to finish it before Monday. 😁 3w
xicanti @writerlibrarian good luck to us both! 3w
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.37-42 (still behind but will finish by Friday!) Things are now very real between Oliver and Luc which brings along scary but happy feelings. Luc also meets his dad for a drink and comes to the conclusion that his dad will never be sorry for abandoning him - and maybe Luc has to acknowledge that. We finally get to the Beetle Drive and Luc works his butt off and Oliver is the perfect partner. So close to the end now!

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#LittensLoveRomance Hey guys, hope everyone has been enjoying our July Read Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - we will be having our low key group discussion a week from today. I will post a few discussion topics/questions and you can join in by commenting if you want to😊 Thanks to everyone for being a part of our first group read - the first of many I hope!

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#LittensLoveRomance @LitsyEvents Hey guys, hope everyone has been enjoying our July Read Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - we will be having our low key group discussion a week from today. I will post a few discussion topics/questions and you can join in by commenting if you want to😊 Thanks to everyone for being a part of our first group read - the first of many I hope!

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PageShifter Sounds good! I had so bad luck with this one: someone returned the book late to the library and when I got it I was already middle of reading a chunkster. Then I got sick and that chunkster couldn't have been less appealing xD But I am still going to read this, because I have leave it back to the library in August. 3w
BarkingMadRun This was such a fun book, looking forward to the discussion! 3w
Clwojick Still hoping I can get to this in time. There was an error with my digital download from the library, and I have to wait for it to auto return before I can try again. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
CarolynM Looking forward to it🙂 3w
slategreyskies I‘m reading as fast as I can trying to catch up in time for tomorrow‘s discussion. This book is so much fun! :) 3w
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Thanks to @ozma.of.oz for the layout idea! I hadn‘t thought of doing it this way, and I love the way it looks!!

#BookReport

Chelleo Very cute! 4w
ozma.of.oz That looks so good! 💚💚 4w
MoonWitch94 New World Witchery is on my list! 4w
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.33-36: Oliver forgives Luc‘s blunder and they agree that their fake relationship maybe isn‘t so fake - but let‘s not label anything. Luc‘s dad reaches out to him and is still a douche. Luc gets to meet some of Oliver‘s friends and they‘re pretty nice even though they‘re mostly straight lawyers. I can‘t help thinking something else is going to go wrong though…we still have several chapters for Luc to screw up!

julesG Why do you think Luc would screw up? Oliver isn't without faults. He can mess it all up, too. 4w
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StayCurious @julesG you‘re absolutely right - I guess we‘ll see 4w
MoonWitch94 I love that they‘re both being more honest with how they truly feel. I really enjoy reading romance novels where BOTH characters are flawed in relatable ways. Luc tends to screw up in big, emotional word vomiting ways. I would venture to say that when Oliver screws up, it will be blunt, curt & to the point quietly. That contrast will be interesting. I hope he does screw up 😜Luc should get a taste of it lol 😂 4w
slategreyskies Oh, I can‘t stand Luc‘s dad. He is such a jerk!! 3w
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Catsandbooks
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4.5/5 ⭐️ I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic comedy! Definitely need to read the sequel! Thanks for the great pick #littensloveromance

#JubilantJuly

StayCurious So glad you enjoyed it! 4w
KristiAhlers I loved this story so much. 4w
Saknicole I thought this one was fun too! I didn‘t realize she had written a sequel 😍 3w
Catsandbooks @Saknicole yes! It's called Husband Material. It comes out in a few days I think. 3w
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Made an after hours trip to the bookshop in my pajamas to grab this month's #littensloveromance pick and I had two gifts on my desk! The new Ross Gay from my Workman rep (had to cancel our meeting bc covid but he loves me enough that he dropped this by!) and Legends and Lattes which a customer dropped off bc I mentioned being bummed I didn't buy a copy before we sold out and now I'll have to wait for the Tor edition in October.

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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.31-32-Shout out to @peanutnine for turning me onto this fanart - I‘ve just read this scene and it was so touching - I had to post it again. (Sara, I hope you don‘t mind). Gosh these two. I mean, label it fake all you want - they are clearly into each other and in a relationship(especially after that kiss). I feel so bad for Luc but he does handle things so poorly…poor Oliver too. I‘m a bit behind but will catch up soon!

MoonWitch94 I‘m a bit behind, too. But I just adore these two. I totally emphasize with a lot of the things Luc says/feels; I have been there, I‘ve felt it. Especially when depression gets overwhelming & your living space becomes disastrous (mine has never been as bad as Luc‘s…but still). And the two of them are so good for each other. 1mo
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StayCurious @MoonWitch94 I‘m a bit surprised that his mother never showed up at his door and realized how bad it was 1mo
peanutnine I definitely don't mind! This is such a favorite scene of mine 🥺💕 Talking about your feelings through a door because you're too vulnerable is such a mood that I can totally relate to 1mo
MoonWitch94 @StayCurious Same! But I suppose she‘s too caught up in her own routine with Judy to do so. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @MoonWitch94 @StayCurious I haven't read yet. I'm doing audiobook on Roadtrip before Husband Material release. I remember Luc's mom as not leaving her house very much. Will have to pay attention when I reread. 1mo
LiseWorks My heart broke for Oliver as I don't think he new why Luc was doing this. 1mo
Kerrbearlib I love this fan art and this scene. Just lovely! 4w
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.25-30: This fake romance is certainly feeling real! I mean, Oliver stroking Luc‘s hair at his mom‘s viewing party? There are no photographers there, Oliver. So sweet. I love Luc‘s mom - she‘s so funny. The author writes absurd conversations so well - both with Luc‘s friends and family, but also in his professional life. He deals with so many silly people! It‘s a wonder he doesn‘t blurt out his true thoughts more often!

BarkingMadRun I love the crazy people in his life, although if it were me, I would be exhausted! 1mo
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BethM I would totally read a book about Luc‘s mom! 1mo
Gissy I‘m in chapter 28 and I living the story and these peculiar character: Lucien, Oliver, Alex, Luc‘s Mom and their friends. The situation is hilarious. I‘m lol all the time. Love Oliver he is sooo cute. I‘m happy that I‘m participating in this buddy read. I think that Luc and Oliver are growing in their live/relationship perspectives. 1mo
slategreyskies Bananas in a curry!? Gross!! 🤣 3w
slategreyskies Also, that kiss!! So swoonworthy!! 🥰 3w
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BethM
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#littensloveromance This was very good! I was totally pulled in. I probably wouldn‘t have chose this on my own either. Some of Luc‘s and Oliver‘s individual quirks irritated me but overall I really liked it.

Nutmegnc The audiobook is phenomenal, too!! 1mo
StayCurious So glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
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MoonWitch94
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My #JubilantJuly goal is to catch up on my group reads. I am behind so hoping to catch up this weekend & then start an ARC or two from NetGalley.

Who wants to join in? Anyone can join, just set your own goals.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us agin, good luck 😊👍

Everyone welcome 😍
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peanutnine
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My favorite fan artist just posted this gorgeous panel of Luc and Oliver this week 😍
It's perfect timing with the #LittensLoveRomance read this month and the sequel coming out next month!!
@StayCurious I'm loving rereading this with y'all! ✨
(Check out her ig account if you love fanart of queer books - she has some amazing RWRB and Carry On stuff 💖)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfxNp47vGuj/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

StayCurious I love this! 1mo
kezzlou85 Currently reading this it's great so far. 1mo
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julesG
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Thanks for the tag, @Eggs. #WondrousWednesday

1) I can't remember. Maybe The Time Traveller's Wife.

2) Can't pick a favourite genre. I read a lot of romance. Mainly because I know what I'm getting into, two people will find each other, overcome the odds that are keeping them from being together, and there will be a happy ending.

3) best? Not sure. Tagged the one I enjoyed most recently.

What about you, @GingerAntics @Birdsong28 @ozma.of.oz?

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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance For those of us listening on audio and loving it, here is the voice actor, Joe Jameson. You can see him talking a bit about the book here: https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/articles/narrator-joe-jameson-on-boyfriend-mat...

Read4life Loving this audio 1mo
CarolynM He‘s good 🙂 1mo
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StayCurious
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.19-24: Oh Luc, your self image makes me sad. This poor guy. So screwed up, but so relatable. Oliver, while he has his desperate moments, is coming off as quite the dreamboat - VCut and all. I mean, he called Luc Beautiful. My heart. I‘m am so invested in these characters and their “fake” romance. The only thing I wish is that we got to see inside Oliver‘s thoughts as well - is he as hung up on Luc as we like to think he is?

BarkingMadRun I think he is, I‘m curious to find out why Oliver holds back! 1mo
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Kerrbearlib Luc is so relatable. 1mo
Catsandbooks I just want to wrap up Luc and protect him! 1mo
BethM I think he is but I too want to know why he holds back! Honestly I want Luc to be more grown up in his handling of stress. 1mo
LiseWorks I love Luc's friends. I also liked the misspellings in the texts lol I can relate to that! 1mo
slategreyskies Let me just agree: he called Luc beautiful. That melted my heart. 🥰 3w
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StayCurious
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.13-18: Sorry I‘ve been MIA - due to internet outage, was unable to post earlier - but I am loving this book! It‘s quick and funny! We are seeing Oliver more, his vulnerability around Luc, and how supportive he can be even as a fake BF. I look forward to every interaction they have. So far I still dislike Luc‘s deadbeat dad, even with the cancer shock. I love reading everything Alex says - and can‘t help really liking him!

BethM Im really loving it. Some real LOL moments, I just wish Luc was more confident. 1mo
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peanutnine Alex Twaddle is seriously my favorite character. He's adorably clueless 😅 The daily jokes are hilarious 1mo
BarkingMadRun This is so much fun, I‘m loving every page! And yes, Alex is adorable clueless! 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I love this book!!! Started to do Readalong but now I'm saving for a Roadtrip I've got coming up. 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig But I still like seeing everyone's thoughts. 1mo
StayCurious @Crinoline_Laphroaig are you listening on audio? It‘s really great 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @StayCurious I am! I've got print copy as well because I just love this book so much! 1mo
CarolynM @peanutnine Yes! Love the jokes and the way Luc keeps having to explain them. 1mo
Read4life @StayCurious I agree. The audiobook is fantastic 1mo
MoonWitch94 Ughhh his Dad! 👎🏻 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Alex is hilarious in his cluelessness. He's so dry and logical that I referred to him as being like Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy. 1mo
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Read4life
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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My reading hopes for this weekend 🤓

#LittensLoveRomance
#BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! These all look super fun!! 1mo
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StayCurious
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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#LittensLoveRomance July Read: Ch.7-12: we get to know Oliver a bit more over delicious fish sandwiches and turns out he‘s not all stuffy and hoity-toity- he‘s got a vulnerable side as well. And Luc finds him appealing which could pose a problem. They decide to give a fake relationship a go despite Luc‘s sabotaging efforts (this poor guy…really) - I can‘t wait to get to know them more. I already feel so much for them both!

BarkingMadRun I‘m loving this! 1mo
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StayCurious @BarkingMadRun isn‘t it great so far? I love how witty it is 1mo
K.M.-Forester I agree with @BarkingMadRun I‘m truly enjoying this read. Very different from my usual reads 1mo
Catsandbooks I love the banter back and forth! 1mo
Read4life I‘m loving the characters, the humor and the overall reading experience. Part of me wants to read it all right now. The other part of me is savoring it and loving taking it slower. 1mo
CarolynM Started yesterday. It‘s a re-re-read for me. Still making me laugh. 1mo
MoonWitch94 Luc just may be the most self-sabotaging fictional character I have read (the poor thing). I really like these two together already. 1mo
Kerrbearlib I'm listening to the audiobook and I love it whenever Oliver says “verisimilitude.” ❤️ 1mo
BethM I‘ve actually chuckled out loud- enjoying it much more than I anticipated! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Twice I've said out loud to Luc, “Oh honey, not every thought needs to be said out loud.“ 😂 I hope Oliver can help Luc overcome his poor self-worthiness. 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m loving Oliver so far. Luc is fun too, but oh my, I feel so bad for him sometimes. I agree that not every thought needs said out loud. I‘m looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :) 3w
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julesG
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Pickpick

@StayCurious
#LittensLoveRomane #JulyBookClubRead

I liked this a lot and keep wondering why I put off reading it for so long.

Fake boyfriend to friends to lovers #romcom / #romance

Both characters have their flaws, both have had bad experiences, both have difficult relationships with their parents, but both are right for each other.

You've got to love the secondary characters. Adorably quirky.

Prairiegirl_reading I am so looking forward to the sequel! 1mo
GingerAntics Isn‘t it cute? I can‘t wait for Husband Material. 1mo
CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
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Kerrbearlib
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Such a fun read!

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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So this happened today on my Twitter.
https://twitter.com/quicunquevult/status/1543293075870580737?t=DHHwRfml9Xn7fkMw6...

I was going to wait until end of the month and listen to audiobook right before Husband Material release. But then I saw you're doing a Readalong. Count me in @StayCurious and Tag Me Please.
❤️💙❤️💙❤️

GingerAntics THIS IS SO COOL!!! I can‘t wait for Husband Material. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics I just randomly emailed Mary after finding the address on Alexis Hall's website. I remembered a picture from Newsletter with her having a matching manicure but couldn't find it. She was super nice a sent me just the picture I remembered. 2mo
marleed Cool!! 2mo
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UwannaPublishme So cool!!! 2mo
rockpools That‘s so fun! 2mo
julesG Wow! 2mo
CarolynM Ooh! That‘s wonderful! Well done, you! 👏👏👏 2mo
Chrissyreadit Nice! 2mo
StayCurious This is awesome! 2mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig it‘s a great book cover for matching mani/pedi, honestly. 1mo
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Vansa
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Another of these things that irritates me.Surely a son rushing off because his mother says she needs his help is perfectly understandable and reasonable,and does not warrant this bizarre chain of thought of overthinking codependency etc.Wouldnt it make perfect sense to text someone that a family emergency came up? My first thought if someone texted me that would emphatically NOT be "Oedipus alert".

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Vansa
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Another thing I've noticed in novels over the last 10 years.Insufferable protagonist behaves thoroughly unpleasantly and then is shocked!shocked!to find that they aren't loved.Usually on the spot.At least unsympathetic protagonists in earlier books were perfectly fine with disliking people,and being disliked in return.This would be fine,and relatable in a YA novel,because as teenagers we're all solipsistic.As a 28 year old adult,it's irritating.

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Vansa
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Luc seems insufferable,whiny, rude and childish.I can't get why he's so petulant,when he seems to have no financial need to work,and a lovely supportive group of friends.I don't get this rash of novels over the last 10 years where people in their late 20s behave like 13 year olds.Im giving this book one more chapter before I decide to stop.This is such a badly written conversation.I would have left by now if I were Oliver

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Vansa
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This sentence really , really could do with an edit.

CarolynM A couple of extra commas would help, but otherwise I think it‘s fine. 2mo
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Vansa
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Who...is this problematic to?? Bunnies?In a world where women face actual problems of the male gaze, this overuse of the word problematic really irritates me.

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StayCurious
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Our #LittensLoveRomance July read starts with Ch.1-6 and so far I‘m enjoying the heck out of this book! Luc is funny and - yes, a bit pathetic - and the way he views the world is sad but entertaining. I loved his co-worker messing up the Twitter # - so funny! I can‘t wait to learn more about Oliver and to see where this messy scenario goes. Keep reading along with me!

Gissy I will be a little behind. My book has not arrived yet. It was not available in any of my local bookstores🙁 2mo
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julesG Oh. You picked the German edition for your summary picture. I do like that cover, the translation not so much. 😉 2mo
LiseWorks I actually caught myself giggling as I'm reading lol 2mo
CarolynM @julesG The idea of translating Alexis Hall makes my head spin. A lot of the humour (for me at least) comes from the very particular style of expression that a certain kind of English person has. 2mo
julesG @CarolynM That's exactly my problem; not just with Alexis Hall, but with most translated works. (Terry Pratchett,for example, works in German, but not as well as in English and only because the translator did a tremendously good job.) 2mo
StayCurious @julesG I will be using several different editions of the cover just to vary my posts a bit. I do think this book would be difficult to translate for sure 2mo
Read4life I‘m enjoying this one. This was a featured deal on Chirp at some point and I picked it up. I enjoy listening to English characters because I feel like a lot of things are said in a different tone or inflection than I‘d imagine them as I‘m reading. 2mo
Kerrbearlib Really enjoying it so far. I'm excited to see what the story goes. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick A great start. I am already loving Luc and since I'm doing this on audio, the narrator is fantastic, too. I made a mental correlation between Oliver and Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones, as well. But the little chapter 2 exchange between Luc & his mum about the curry and it's effects?! Hilarious! 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m having a lot of fun with this. I‘m late starting the book, so I‘m not sure I‘ll finish in time for the discussion, but I‘m going to give it a go. @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I thought of Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones too! 3w
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BarkingMadRun
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Reading a few chapters of this one for the read along with @StayCurious

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LitsyEvents
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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@StayCurious

https://litsy.com/p/WTRndTNCZjNh

#LittensLoveRomance #JulyBookClubRead For those of you interested in following along with me, here is my reading schedule for July. I will be posting twice a week and please let me know if you want to be tagged in those posts. We will also be having a discussion at the end of the month for those who want to participate that way. Looking forward to reading with you all!

tpixie @pearlsanddiamonds Welcome to Litsy!! Here is where you can find different read alongs & events. There is great info in the bio of @Chrissyreadit Find books you like to read and ‘friend‘ people that like those books - although everyone on Listy is friendly. Also you‘re more likely to get friends if you post something so we can comment on it 🌺 (edited) 2mo
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StayCurious
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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#LittensLoveRomance #JulyBookClubRead For those of you interested in following along with me, here is my reading schedule for July. I will be posting twice a week and please let me know if you want to be tagged in those posts. We will also be having a discussion at the end of the month for those who want to participate that way. Looking forward to reading with you all! @LitsyEvents

BarkingMadRun I‘m in, tag me please! My copy just arrived 2mo
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K.M.-Forester Tag me as well! 2mo
BethM I would like to be tagged! My library hold is about 2 weeks out but I should be able to catch up 2mo
BethM Scratch that- it‘s on scribd- we‘re good! 2mo
StayCurious @BethM yes I am listening to it on Scribd - the reader is good 👍🏻 😊 2mo
TheSpineView I'm ready. 2mo
LiseWorks Tag me too! I have to check where I can get it. Library or kindle. 2mo
everlocalwest So excited! Thanks for organizing and yes, please tag me. 💙📚 2mo
julesG Please tag me for both, although I'm pretty sure I'll read/devour the book in one sitting. 2mo
PageShifter You can tag me as well, I have to catch-up because my library hold is about a week out 2mo
Clwojick I‘ll be reading it all in one go, since I‘ll have to get a copy from the library. 😀 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes, tag me please! I'll borrow it from Hoopla so I'll have it for 3 weeks. I'll borrow it around the 10th and play catch up rather quickly I'm sure. 2mo
MoonWitch94 Please tag me!!! 2mo
Vansa Please tag me! 2mo
Read4life Please tag me, too. 2mo
Liatrek Please tag me 🙂 looking forward to this one Thank you 2mo
Nessavamusic Tag me please! 2mo
Marmie7 Tag please! 2mo
Catsandbooks Tag me please! 2mo
peanutnine Tag me please 2mo
MeganAnn Looking forward to this one! I have this on hold from the library so I‘ll probably read it straight through when it comes in. But I‘d still love to be tagged in your posts! Spoilers don‘t bother me… it‘s all about the journey 💖🎉 2mo
BookwormAHN Please tag me. I've been wanting to read this for awhile 😺 2mo
Kerrbearlib Please tag me! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Tag me! I‘m pretty sure I have this one! I‘ll look when I get home! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'll be passing on this one, but please tag me when you pick your next book!!! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Dang! Just saw this, sorry I missed out. I have it on audio but I don‘t think I can have it listened to in time… 😕 3w
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rachelsbrittain
Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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1. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall plus all of my current reads 😂

2. Gender Queer: a Memoir by Maia Kobabe

3. Susie Dumond! She's an old musical theater friend and a coworker at Book Riot. Her debut, Queerly Beloved, just came out.

#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I glanced at your current reads, are you enjoying The Extraordinaries? I‘ve been thinking about giving it a try for a while now. Thanks for posting! 💛 2mo
rachelsbrittain @ozma.of.oz it's been a nice happy read which I really needed this week! The MC is wonderfully ridiculous and I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Very different from the adult Klune novels I've read but cute and comforting YA for sure 😊 2mo
ozma.of.oz I‘ll definitely have to give it a look! I think we all could use something cute and comforting right now. 😅 2mo
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rachelsbrittain @ozma.of.oz ain't that the truth 😅😭 2mo
Nutmegnc I‘m going to check out your rec!! 2mo
Nutmegnc @ozma.of.oz @rachelsbrittain I may have to go back to reading only queer YA romcoms. I‘m not sure I can handle any more adult emotions right now!! 2mo
ozma.of.oz @Nutmegnc You definitely have the right idea! 😂 2mo
rachelsbrittain @Nutmegnc honestly great plan 😂👍 2mo
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