Published by Gallery on 12/04/2018
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
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.
I’ve been looking forward to reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand for some time now, simply based on the cover. I have a soft spot for books that involve texting, emails, letters, any form of written communication really. Needless to say, I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book. I’m a huge Christina Lauren fan to boot, so I couldn’t wait to dive in.
While this book was not exactly what I’d expected, I still really enjoyed it. The messaging aspect of the book didn’t play out quite the way I thought it would, but that’s probably due to the fact that I never read a synopsis. Despite that, it was a very fun and sweet read.
Millie’s character was rather interesting. I enjoyed watching her grow and learn how to open up. I like imperfect characters, but only if they have some real personal growth. She was sweet, smart, kind, funny and from the sounds of it, gorgeous. Reid was also a great character. He was all of those previously listed adjectives and more. I loved him. I especially loved the idea of Millie and Reid together. The journey though was rocky and I enjoyed watching them navigate these very unique and interesting waters.
All of the supporting characters were wonderful as well, as is common with Christina Lauren. Their characters, even peripheral, are always well-developed, interesting, and always have something special to add to the story. Since I’ve read a lot of their books, I have a lot of favorites, and while My Favorite Half-Night Stand isn’t at the top of that list, I still really enjoyed it. I think it’s a great feel-good love story that will make it difficult to keep a smile off of your face.