Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell


Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryPhysically, it’s easy for Ethan and Wyatt to be together—well, if “easy” means stolen moments when Ethan’s roommate is away, or sneaking away to a hidden nook in the library. Privacy is hard to come by in a dorm, but finding ways to connect is half the fun. 

Emotionally, though, that’s a different story. Wyatt isn’t sure if a relationship is something he can make last—years of having to hide his emotions have left him with a shaky sense of self-confidence. And when it’s time to head home for the holidays, their steamy on-campus connection may not translate so well to the real world…


ReviewI suppose at 92 pages, this would be considered a novella, and it definitely read fast. However, it wasn't a problem with Boyfriend Material because this is actually the second book in the Ethan and Wyatt series. You definitely should read that first, because it's a full novel that details the history of how these two came together, as well as important information about their background. Once you get to Boyfriend Material, it was nice to have an established couple that you already knew. It meant the story could explore other aspects of their relationship and Mitchell definitely did that!

The book takes place mostly during the holidays, starting a little bit before Thanksgiving. Ethan wants Wyatt to come to his house for the holiday, but that would mean meeting a lot of Ethan's family. Wyatt is quiet and not used to a lot of attention, so he's not too keen on the idea of being surrounded by a lot of people he doesn't know. Instead, he opts to visit his uncle for the holiday. The short time away just shows that Ethan and Wyatt both really love each other and all seems well...until Christmas approaches and the two have to then figure out what to do over a much longer break.

I enjoyed this one, because I do like when couples are already established but you understand how they came together. We get both because this is a sequel and that's a big deal for me because m/m novels tend to have companion books with a new couple instead of another book with the same couple in the forefront. And guess what? There will be a third too! Despite knowing the couple already, sometimes the physical nature of their relationship felt a bit much because the book was so short. It would have been nice if they had communicated more, though they do comment on the fact that Wyatt has a difficult time with this and Ethan is a fan of taking the easy way. Regardless, it was still a good novella, and I'm curious to see where Mitchell takes the boys next!

10 comments:

Kindlemom said...

Glad this was a good sequel for you!

Naomi Hop said...

I'm glad you liked the continuation to Ethan and Wyatt's story! I love it when you get a little extra of characters that you love!

Erika Sorocco said...

I love that it takes place during the holidays, but I'm just not feeling 'relationship' type books at the moment. :/

xx

Tracy Terry said...

Glad that this one proved to be as good a read as the first book in the series and not only that but there is to be a third.

Karen Alderman said...

I love series that explore one couple while they're still together.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I think that is why novellas that is part of a series works well for me. Often the world and relationships are established and you just get that extra goodness.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I am glad to see this novella worked for you, they are always so hit or miss.

kimbacaffeinate said...

Yay, so happy this delivered. I have had some good luck with novellas lately, particularly ones in series.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Yay glad this sequel/novella worked for you!

Lexxie Lin said...

Novellas that are actually part of a series are the best! I love having more glimpses into a universe I enjoy before I can get my hands on a full length novel :)
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews