Title: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Galley Books
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.
ARC provided by the publisher, Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars for My Favorite Half-Night Stand. This was my first Christina Lauren book, and I really enjoyed it! I will definitely be looking for more of her work in the future when I need a light, easy read.
In today’s world, online dating is as common as smart phones and computers. It seems that almost everything is online these days, and dating is no exception. This book does a great job at highlighting it’s difficulties and quirks, as well as pointing out how it may be a different experience for women than it is for men. I especially loved how it highlighted that while it may be easy to connect and open up online, that chemistry and ease doesn’t always translate to real life.
Enter Millie and her gang: a group of friends who, while extremely successful professionally, have fallen into a bit of a rut personally. They make a pact to try online dating and all secure dates for an upcoming black-tie event. While some experience success, Millie ends up with a bunch of guys looking for a one-and-done, and decides to start fresh with a new profile: Catherine. It’s going great, until she accidentally matches with Reid: her best friend, and someone she just might be developing real feelings for. As you can imagine, this quickly spirals out of control, and is filled with awkward lies, some laughs, and a few heart-wrenching scenes. Ultimately it comes down to the age-old question when friends-to-lovers is concerned: Do you go all in and risk the friendship? Or let the chance pass you by?
I can’t explain it – that feeling of being so untethered to anyone. I used to dream that I was in the middle of an ocean and could see for miles in every direction, but there was no one else around me.
I absolutely adored Millie, and she was easily my favorite character in the book. She’s smart, witty, and is obsessed with serial killers – what’s not to love? She’s also an extremely private person, and even though she’s had this group of friends for years, still finds it hard to open up to them about anything important. I loved watching her character arc, and thought her development was extremely well done. She made plenty of mistakes, but you could visibly seeing her growing and learning from them.
This book also got surprisingly deep about some pretty heavy topics. What’s the real difference between right and wrong? Are people really all good or all bad? How many bad choices does it take to be a bad person? How do you wind up where you do? For a light-hearted romance contemporary, these were some pretty heavy topics. But the author wasn’t too heavy handed with them; instead, they were presented in a way that put you inside Millie’s own thoughts. These questions added a whole new layer to her character, which I loved.
How many of the women I write about thought they were good people? How many mistakes does it take before you’re bad? Does it start with a little white lie, and slowly progress to fraud…and worse? Does it matter if you do the wrong thing for the right reason?
I did have some minor issues with this book. There were some pacing issues towards the middle, and I honestly felt myself rolling my eyes about once every other chapter. I felt like the character development of the boys could have been done better, and one of my biggest storyline pet peeves is when PEOPLE DON’T COMMUNICATE. You could easily fix all of your problems with like one to two sentences. BUT this book was such an easy, quick read and I read it in about a day. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, best friends-to-lovers story, this one’s for you! I hope you all enjoy it.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand releases on December 4th.
*All quotations are taken from an e-ARC and are subject to change prior to publication.