My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on December 4, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Humor
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By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.
Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.
So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.
But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.
Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.
“Sometimes, the thing we want is right in front of us, and we’re the last ones to see it.”
I have read everything that these ladies have written. I love their writing, the flow of their words, the banter they use, and the way it all consumes me while I’m reading. Lately, though, I feel like they are getting away from the reason I fell in love with them in the first place. My first encounter with their work was shortly after Beautiful Bastard was released. The story had swoon, feels, steam, and so much chemistry between Bennett and Chloe that you were swimming in it. I have not felt the things that that book made me feel since they ended that series and the Wild Seasons series. Yes I love their work, yes I still read the books, but no I do not love them anywhere near what I did with those books. I keep reading hoping they get back to that.
This book was enjoyable, and I loved Reid. I liked the dynamic of their circle of friends. I loved the premise of the story, but I feel like it missed the mark on several aspects. I don’t think that Reid and Millie had any chemistry. I hated that she kept lying to someone who supposedly meant so much to her – good reason or not. When his other friends started helping her that really made me feel bad for Reid, he didn’t deserve it. I do think that it was over an ok book. I just wanted and expected more from these ladies.