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.
Point of view:
1st person. Entirely from Luc’s POV.
I absolutely adored this audiobook. I admit to being an Alexis Hall fan. Yet this differs from some of my other favorites in that it is quite a bit lighter and solidly in the RomCom category. This is also a great fit when in the mood for a romance with a little less steam and not as graphically detailed.
Told entirely first person from Luc’s point of view this is a fantastic story of opposites attract, fake boyfriend, personal growth and healing. Add in unique mix of personal angst and laugh out loud situations and I was sucked into the story from the opening chapter. While it wasn’t overly emotional, there were definitely a few tears and general anguish for Luc and Oliver. While friends, family, & coworkers almost verge on being caricatures – the fact is that we all know people exactly like this in our lives and it gives an added level of reality for the listener.
This is the kind of audio that I will happily find myself regularly listening to because of all the amazing feelings it evokes. And because…
Joe Jameson was absolutely the PERFECT choice for this book. His voices, accents, inflections, and emotions were unique for each character and flawlessly consistent throughout the book. Luc and Oliver managed to be completely distinct yet totally sexy in their own ways.
About the author:
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About the narrator:
Joe trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since graduating he has worked extensively in theatre, television, film & in voiceovers. He has narrated over 150 audiobooks for Audible and is an extremely experienced voice actor. During his stage and screen career he performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and the Soho Theatre.
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My Favorite Quotes
I want you to care as much as I care. I want you to need it and want it and mean it. – Boyfriend Material by @quicunquevult narrated by @joejames0n #MM #RomCom #FakeBoyfriend #OppositesAttractTweet
I knew how to make him angry and how to make him laugh, and I hoped I could make him happy. – Boyfriend Material by @quicunquevult narrated by @joejames0n #MM #RomCom #FakeBoyfriend #OppositesAttractTweet