Review

Review Revisited: Holly’s Take on Husband Material by Alexis Hall (2022)

We’re trying something a little different this week, where we read different books that all have the same title. Our first contender in Who Wore It Best: Smut Edition? Husband Material.

To properly kick off Husband Material week, I figured I should read the book that inspired us to do this in the first place: the version written by Alexis Hall that Erin squeed over. 

Her review is below, but here are three additional things that you should know about this book:

  1. It does not stand alone

You *definitely* have to read Boyfriend Material first. There are approximately a million characters who are vaguely introduced, but the expectation is that the reader already knows what Luc’s job is and who his coworkers are, who his besties are, and the general outline of his history. Luc’s friends Bridge and Priya get the most page time of the secondary characters and feel the most fully fleshed out, but if I hadn’t read Boyfriend Material, I would have been very confused with every interaction Luc has with his fellow CRAPPers.

  1. I would maybe call this book smut-adjacent

Not because of the non-heteronormative HEA, but because I thought it read kind of day-in-the-life women’s fic-y. The focus of most of the book is not Luc and Oliver’s relationship, because their relationship is great, but on the stuff going on around them that’s making them process their various messes.

On the other hand, the conflict and resolution at the very end of the book may have changed my mind about this statement.

  1. The last paragraph is perfect

Just trust me on this one.

Read on for Erin’s review.

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Review: Abduction Seduction by DJ Russo (2022)

Heat Factor: Once with the whole group, and then Taryn has a one-on-one interlude with each alien

Character Chemistry: They treat Taryn well, except for that whole lying to her thing

Plot: Taryn meets some really hot people and bangs it out with them…only to discover that they’re aliens who want her blood

Overall: Goes some unexpected places, which I liked, but the relationships could have been a tad more developed

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Review: Petrichor Blooms by Mindi Briar (2022)

The Halcyon Universe, Book 2

Heat Factor: Literally they have sex in the very last scene

Character Chemistry: I am flustered because she’s so cute!

Plot: Danya kidnaps Amy. Amy kidnaps Danya. Danya’s twin kidnaps Amy. Danya rescues Amy. Plus intervening adventures. Also includes: a giant science mystery, a terrorist rebel organization, and pirates. And dragons.

Overall: Fun, rip-roaring space adventure with a dollop of romance.

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman (2022)

Heartstopper, Book #4

Reviews of the rest of the Heartstopper series: Book #1, Book #2, Book #3

Heat Factor: The only sex is the stuff Charlie’s mom made up in her head

Character Chemistry: Wanting to be there but not knowing how

Plot: Charlie acknowledges his eating disorder and other mental health struggles 

Overall: Well, this one made me all choked up

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Review Revisited: Holly’s Take on Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (2020)

So, Erin has been yelling at us about Boyfriend Material and how it’s her favoritest most funniest book ever for a while now, so I figured I should read it. 

Erin and I do not have exactly the same sense of humor, because I was not laughing so hard that my husband had to check on me to make sure I was ok. (Maybe also she laughs harder at things than I do.) And there were some scenes where I could tell that we were going for humor, but it was too over-the-top for me to get a giggle out of it. (Erin and I had similarly divergent reactions to Something Fabulous.) 

BUT. The bit where Luc is telling his coworkers the “interrupting cow” knock-knock joke is fucking hilarious. Alex Twaddle 4-EVA!

I will also say that I read this as part of a larger Alexis Hall binge, which really highlighted to me that his books are not for everyone. They are thoughtful and absolutely brilliantly written, but I find them incredibly stressful to read. The protagonists tend to be messy and unlikable; therefore, being in their heads is not always a pleasant experience.

Read on for all the deets (and lots of squeeing) from Erin.

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