My Favorite Half-Night Standby Published 04 Dec 2018
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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 Favorite Half-Night Stand Reviews
WHAT A SURPRISE.
honestly I just found this book and the characters vaguely annoying. Millie especially was not my bag. Reid was super boring. the squad of friends was more "let's-have-characters-laugh-and-say-'wow-you're-so-funny'" than actual, you know, comedy or humor. Millie's oft-mentioned complete inability to get along with or befriend other women was not the only aspect of girl hate to be found here by a MILE. the deceit at the foundation of this relationship was so unnecessary and weird, and the ending was so overexplained. like, characters literally had to come out of the woodwork to be like "here's why this is actually okay," because CLEARLY IT WASN'T. the development arc of Millie was extremely strange, and also she was the only character who changed AT ALL during this book, which felt simultaneously 15 pages and 500 pages long. plus this book had the cheesy unrealistic trope I hate where suddenly every character is happily paired off at the end, no actual explanation necessary.
in conclusion: ugh.
please don't ask why I'm reading a third book by Christina Lauren when I didn't like the first two. I don't have an answer and you'll only upset me
Emotionally compelling friends-to-lovers romance filled with snark, humor, and lots of love.
Millie, a university professor whose specialization is female serial killers, is emotionally available. She is good at keeping people at bay by only sharing what’s on the surface. She is close friends with a group of guys: Reid, Ed, and Chris. Although these men are her closest friends, they don’t know much about her. Millie is closest to Reid and after a drunken night, they have sex. They decide they are better off friends and try their best to go back to “normal.” Except they both have feelings for one another and don’t know how to navigate a romance without putting their friendship at risk.
Needing dates for a commencement ball, the four friends try a dating app. Reid is matched with his ideal girl, except that Reid doesn’t know the girl who has caught his attention is his best friend, Millie as Millie made an account using her middle name, Catherine. This, of course, leads to some drama and pain, but also lots of laughter and love.
I really felt for MIllie’s character. Christina Lauren does a great job of building her walls and then gradually taking them down. Her intelligence shines through in her witty remarks and banter. Once she lets her emotions out and the reader gets to know the real Millie, it’s hard not to root for her. Millie and Reid have great chemistry and their characters complement one another.
I liked the style of My Favorite Half-Night Stand. The narrative is told from Millie and Reid’s POV’s, along with some group text chats and dating app messages. Not only did I get a feel for the dynamics of Millie and Reid’s relationship, I also got to see how the group worked as friends. I really enjoyed their energy and loved the ways they played off of each other.
The plot is a bit predictable, but the quirky loveable characters and the writing make up for it! I was surprised I got so invested in these two! This is an easy, light read that left me feeling happy!
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review.
Hilarious, short and sweet!
I don’t know whatever I was thinking in taking so long to read a book by Christina Lauren. I will definitely be filling up my TBR with more books from this highly entertaining writing duo.
I absolutely adored MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND by CHRISTINA LAUREN and the snarky humour had me literally laughing-out-loud! Not too many romantic comedy books will actually bring out that type of reaction from me but this one definitely made me chuckle out loud. I pretty much had that loving contented feeling throughout this whole book putting a huge smile on my face.
CHRISTINA LAUREN delivers a well-written, fun, light and enjoyable read here that totally sucked me right into the storyline with its premise of online dating. I was so emotionally invested and had so much fun with these characters and their love story which kept me highly entertained swiping those pages at lightning speed to reach the conclusion.
This classic love story was such a welcoming and refreshing change that I didn’t even care if it was somewhat predictable or not. I just wanted to read and fall in love with every aspect of this storyline right along with the characters which I most definitely did.
Publishing Date: December 4, 2018
Cover: That bright, fun, intriguing, and welcoming cover definitely caught my eye and is an extremely fitting representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing and fits the storyline extremely well.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, sharp, amusing and absorbing.
Plot: Engrossing, interesting, compulsive, witty, comical, fast-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: A swoon-worthy ending that left me feeling completely satisfied and extremely happy.
Overall: Would highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a feel-good, humorous, quick and easy read that is pure enjoyment!
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy of this novel. It was a perfect and fun escape!
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➳Friends wanting much more, letting temptation and attraction get to them in the best of ways making you want more of Reid and Millie's undeniable friendship and charisma...
➳When Christina Lauren writes a new novel, there is no denying it that I will be hoping to get to read it as soon as possible. Sexy, witty, charismatic, and fun, that is what CLo has to bring in every single one of their novels. This one is no exception of course because everything about Millie and the boy gang is one thrilling ride that I want to be a part of. All individuals whom have been best friends for a long time, and are now professors at the same college dealing with college professor issues that are indeed a hoot to read about. After one drunken night, Reid and Millie learn that their physical attraction is one that cannot be diminished or taken away from since they are just meant to be with each other. Viewing each other as only friends, Reid and Millie slowly learn to realize that there is no way of diminishing their attraction towards each other.
➳After going through different online dating profiles, Millie is stuck in a pickle when she encounters herself with a match towards Reid with a fake username that she created just for fun. As she goes along with it, she soon realizes that Reid truly does like her fake "person". Millie needs to find the honest truth as to how to continue with this fake friendship and her real friendship with Reid, in which she wishes it were more.
➳This review is being kept short and sweet because this is a novel that is MEANT to be read and thoroughly enjoy to the fullest. Every twist and turn, every emotional aspect of it, every reaction towards an action is simply meant to be read because Christina Lauren will never stop disappointing their readers with their marvelous romance novels. I am indeed keeping my fingers crossed that we get more romances of the other characters that were mentioned in this novel, since I am missing how much into different series CLo has written in the past. Thank you to Gallery Books and Kristin for providing me a copy of this beauty. Everyone will enjoy and devour this witty romance!
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The entire premise of this book is messy as hell but I AM SUCH A SUCKER FOR FRIENDS TO LOVERS AND I LIKED THIS A TON. Although if I’m being honest I actually think I enjoyed the side characters more than the actual protagonists? Ooooops