Husband Material: London Calling, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In Boyfriend Material, 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".
Good thing Oliver is such perfect Husband Material.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 35 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 02 2022|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,741 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in LGBTQ2S+ Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#23 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#145 in Gay Romance
Top reviews from Canada
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You know when you finish a book and you loved it so much that you just want to live in their world forever? For me that was my feelings after I read Boyfriend Material. Then I find out that there is to be a book two, Husband Material. To say I was overly excited for this book is an understatement! To get to spend more time in Luc and Oliver's world was just the cherry on top of the sundae.
Sadly, I feel that the author completely missed the mark on this one. This book was filled with so much doubt and uncertainty on behalf of both characters and Lucien certainly got so much more air time in this one than Oliver did. It was kind of a mishmash of other people's weddings and Luc's woe is me attitude but then trying to remind himself of the fabulous boyfriend he still has.
Also, the repetition in this book was just a little too over the top. We all know about the Rainbow Arch, it's been done, we're kind of over it. And Ana with one n after the first or second explanation I was good with it. Unfortunately the whole time that Ana with one n was in the book she was referred to as Ana with one n.
And don't even get me started on that ending. The whole book kind of dragged out all of this information that we didn't need to know about these two and then at the ending the author decided to pack the most important thing going on in their lives into a small percentage of this whole book and the ending was just like okay, so that really happened the way it happened.
In my honest opinion this book should have just not happened or had been a little treat to us while waiting for Father Material. It could have been a small little Novella just to explain their overall feelings from the past 2 years. Will I read Father Material? I don't know as at this point I'm kind of split 50/50.
**Received ARC through NetGalley. Voluntarily reviewed**
The writing is clever and witty. The characters are supportive, patient, and multilayered. And the plot is a push-pull tale full of life, love, familial responsibility, workplace comedy, tender moments, hilarious mishaps, sharp banter, pressure, expectations, grief, closure, friendship, acceptance, and swoon-worthy romance.
As some of you may remember, Boyfriend Material was one of my top reads of 2020, so when I heard Hall would be writing a second book about these much-loved characters, I was beyond ecstatic, and he didn’t disappoint. Husband Material is another dramatic, humorous, romantic tale that confirms that Luc and Oliver have definitely found contented, committed domesticity together and is the perfect way to wrap up this duology I highly recommend.
Special shout out to the narrator Joe Jameson, who did a wonderful job again.
I absolutely love Luc, and his all over the place thought processes. The group of friends really is like F.R.I.E.N.D.S the TV show and I was laughing up a storm throughout most of this book.
But not only was it such an enjoyable and hilarious read, it was also highly relatable and delved into some really serious topics in such a wonderful way.
The amount of character growth is exceptional.
Half star off for the length, as I felt some of the parts were repetitive, and could have been cut with the same effect, but nonetheless good!
From what I read so far, the book should have been called “Bridge’s Wedding”. Isn’t this supposed to be a gar romance novel o_0 ???
BUT all that said, I LOVE these guys and I couldn’t be angry for long. Luc and Oliver are just so brave and determined guys. And I love their quirks and relationship. Also, upon reflection it was a great ending for them. And I am so glad that Oliver followed his heart and Luc did, too.
I look forward to more more of their adventures. Keep up the good work, Alexis :)
Top reviews from other countries
The plot felt a little repetitive of the first book however; Luc kind of felt like a worse person in this one than the last one - probably because it was disappointing to see he hadn’t really changed at all even though he was past his bitter phase, and, unlike the last one I was starting to wonder if Oliver could do better.
Also *SPOILER ALERT* I hated the ending. What was the point of the book if they ended up not getting married? Yes I know that was the plot twist of four weddings and a funeral but 98% of that story hadn’t been about the main characters arranging a wedding to each other. It kind of felt like all the confusion and miscommunication was based on Luc and Oliver’s terror of having a marriage like either of their parents’ and the obvious conclusion was to start communicating properly and have a healthy marriage… which is where I thought it was going after the stag do palaver.
Honestly the end felt like a plot twist for the sake of a plot twist. It didn’t fit the character development and it left them in a relationship where they were both too terrified to commit or communicate effectively which is how the book ends. Also while I do think marriage would have been a positive thing for them, book 3 is called father material and I’m not at all convinced that either of them, but especially Luc, would be a good parent on account of them being relatively selfish and not at all interested in children.
I’m disappointed because up until the scene on the bridge I was enjoying the book and I thought Bridget would show Luc he was being stupid and it would all work out but alas, no. Not sure I’ll read the next one if it’s more of the same.
Hard to review without spoilers.... so I won't. But you should go read. I imagine these will be a Netflix tv series quite soon and you get the chance to be one of those people who say... "its good but its not as good as the books"