Alexis Hall returns with another book about Luc and Oliver in the Boyfriend Material series with Husband Material.
See what I think about this British romp in my book review below!
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by Alexis Hall
Category: Contemporary Romance
Series: Boyfriend Material
Tags: MM, Gay, Humor
Published August 2022
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Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work.
Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose.
But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.
Husband Material was a delight and cemented Alexis Hall as a must-read author!
I want to preface this review by saying that I read Something Fabulous by Hall earlier this year which was just that – fabulous- but to then read this contemporary novel just put me in awe of Hall’s writing abilities.
Something Fabulous read like the perfect historical romance while Husband Material was the best British contemporary romance.
I’m sure there are other authors who can tailor their writing to a genre and just make it work, but Hall seems to do it with ease!
At times I had to just slow down my reading because the dialogue comes really fast and full of the best nuggets of random facts and humor. I had to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.
While I thought the humor went on and on in Boyfriend Material, I thought the moments of hilarity with Luc’s co-workers and friends were just spot on in this novel and had me in stitches.
I love Luc and Oliver! These characters are just great men who seem so real.
They have flaws, personal struggles, and neuroses that don’t necessarily go away even two years into a relationship but isn’t that real life?!
That’s what I enjoyed the most about this novel.
You get to see how these two have grown over the course of their relationship, how the other partner has influenced the other for the better, and yet how they aren’t perfect individually or together.
I enjoyed the running storyline of what it means to “be gay,” the thoughtful look at how to process feelings of inadequacies and grief, and discussions about heteronormalizing aspects of society.
It had a 4 Weddings and a Funeral vibe that I thought was the perfect framework for the story.
For those looking for more intimacy between Luc and Oliver, it’s just not there (so it’s a very clean, closed-door romance), but that didn’t detract from the romance for me.
I loved the writing, the humor, the friendships, the arguments, and the feelings expressed and processed. Bravo for a fantastic follow-up novel! I highly recommend it.
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