I keep hearing about Christina Lauren (which is actually a co-writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.) It seems like their books have been everywhere lately. I’d never read their work and was looking for something low-stress so I decided to check out their latest, My Favorite Half-Night Stand.
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.
This book reads like New Girl meets You’ve Got Mail. Smart humor, authentic characters, and a good plot all wrapped up into a fast-paced read that was just plain fun. Exactly what I need for a dreary afternoon.
The romance is sweet, but honest and not sappy. The love scenes are more fun than steamy and not graphically described at all.
Sometimes the”mistaken identity” trope runs the risk of becoming annoying. As a reader, I’m often rolling my eyes and saying, “Good grief, you are adults. Sit down and have a freaking conversation!”
Thankfully, that didn’t happen with this book. The story is woven together in a way that really set the stakes for why Millie would continue to pretend to be Catherine.
It is rounded out with a cast of secondary characters that I totally want to go hang out with! I’d love to see this made into a movie.
I would definitely recommend My Favorite Half-Night Stand to any of my happily-ever-after loving friends.
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