Luc is the son of a man named Jon Fleming, who's kind of like Ian Anderson but more of a jerk. He works at a conservation charity for dung beetles and their donors are very conservative and don't take to, ahem, flamboyant stereotypes of gay men. Which, given what happens to Luc at a club after a bad pick-up attempt and a binge drinking sesh, kind of ends up being how he's portrayed in the tabloids. To gain back his clout-- and his donors-- he needs a fake boyfriend to reupholster his image, and that's exactly what Oliver-- buttoned-up barrister, vegetarian, ethical covert-ops gay-- represents for him.
There was so much I liked about this book. I liked the chemistry between the characters. I liked the banter and the witty observations. I liked Luc's friends and coworkers even though they were a little too quirky (two men named James Royce-Royce??? who are married?? WHAT). I liked the nod against bisexual erasure and I liked how so much of their relationship building was about boundaries, consent, and standing up for one another and accepting themselves, flaws and all. Really, the only thing I didn't like about this book was the third-act drama/break-up/misunderstanding. I HATE THAT.
BOYFRIEND MATERIAL was basically everything I was hoping for from RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE and did not get. It's an opposites attract/fake dating extravaganza filled with delightfully British humor and two men learning to accept themselves and find that missing piece in their lives. LOVE.
4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars