Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

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Book Title and Author: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Publication Date and Publisher: December 4, 2018 by Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400 pages
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Date Read: November 16, 2018 (e-arc)

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Okay, before reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I might have been one of the last people on the planet to read anything by Christina Lauren! I know, I know! Where have I been?! I’ve been seeing their books reviewed all over the place, especially over the last year, and I was thrilled when I got a chance to read their latest! It was the perfect read for me right when I needed it because it was a witty, funny, sexy rom-com that I blew through in a night. The laughs alone and the happiness I felt while reading it was more than enough of a reason for me to tremendously enjoy this book! I’ve found a new favorite writing duo everyone, woohoo!

Let me just say that I love Millie Morris! And her job is seriously awesome…why when I decided to become a university professor did I not think of being a criminology professor and teach about serial killers since I share her quirky obsession for them?? What a fascinating job, right? I will say that wish more of her obsession had been explored in the book since her job rocks. Oh well!

The dynamics between Millie and her bestie guy friends are just fantastic! It really made this book such an entertaining read. I loved reading the many interactions between Millie, Reid, Ed, Alex, and Chris whether it was all of them getting together to play Monopoly and have drinks, talk to each other in chat, or giving each other advice (sometimes not the greatest either). You can just tell how much this group of friends loves each other by their dialogue and back and forth teasing banter; they are seriously funny! Plus, their already funny and quick-witted conversations are given an even funnier quality with avatars for each of the characters when they send each other text messages with too cute conversation bubbles!

Then there’s Reid and Millie…it’s obvious before their “half-night stand” that the two have feelings for each other deeper than friendship even though they both swear that everything is just platonic. Come on guys, the attraction is steaming off the pages!

When the gang decides to join a dating site to find dates for the gala that Obama will attend, things don’t go quite as planned. First, Millie being Millie has to write the guys profiles so they don’t sound like Neanderthals, which in turn makes them very desirable since she captured the true essences of her besties. All of them start getting lots of great matches…Reid especially gets matched with a hottie named Daisy…but does her IQ match her looks?

Things don’t go so smoothly for Millie in her online dating quest since she’s pretty tight-lipped about herself and her emotions even to the guys, even to Reid, which is one trait about her that drives him nuts!! Her picture and profile is pretty generic and elicits matches with assholes sending her inappropriate pics…what is up that anyway??

So what do you do to get rid of the creeps?? You make a new profile of yourself using your middle name, Catherine, share more personal and emotional info in your profile than you’d ever do in person, and use a picture that only vaguely shows part of your shoulder and jaw! It’s not lying if it’s really you, right?

Of course, Catherine, aka Millie, is matched with Reid! ♥♥♥

What ensues is a rom-com that will keep you spellbound. It’s humorous in all the right places, but it has its deep moments too as Millie explores her deeply rooted issues with intimacy and sharing her deepest thoughts and secrets. Reid isn’t looking for a superficial person to fall in love with, and there’s no doubt that Millie is anything but that when she’s hiding behind the messages of her computer as Catherine…but can Millie be that person in real life? Is there a chance for Reid and Millie outside the world of cyber-dating? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

My only peeve with the book was that Reid, who is Millie’s best friend and loves her, couldn’t tell from all the clues in her messages that she was Catherine! That bugged me, but oh well, I’ll chalk it up to him being a nerdy, but hot, professor! I know about a 100 of those–nerdy, hot not so much…

If you’re looking for a book that you won’t want to put down and will make you smile (and make you tear up a time or two), then this is your perfect read! It’s not the perfect romance novel, but it’s close enough! It would make for a fab movie!! My Favorite Half-Night Stand publishes December 4, 2018, and I definitely recommend that you grab a copy!

~Another fantastic Traveling Sisters’ read! I had a great time discussing this one and hearing everyone’s thoughts! And I think quite a few of us found new books by the authors for our TBR!! You can check out their fab reviews here…~

**Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for an ARC to read and review in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

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17 thoughts on “Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

  1. Fantastic review, Steph! I only skimmed because I’m in the midst of this one, but gosh, it is good! And you weren’t the last to read Christina Lauren- I was! 😂 Bringing it home! And you already know I bought most of their backlist already too! Happy you loved this and I will read your review in full once I finish! ♥️ xoxo

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    1. Thanks!! LOL! I felt like I was after seeing their books everywhere! I hope you get a chance to read their backlist once all your ARCS slow down! I did; it was a fun read, which was needed. Yay! It will be here waiting! 🙂 xoxo ♥

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I did read your comment on the book a bit ago and completely understand why since I have anxiety disorder myself and so do all 3 of my kids. I felt bad for her too in that part. I’m sure you’re not the only one that didn’t love it! 😉

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