Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
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.
What a fun reid! (See what I did there?) I enjoyed this quirky and witty novel so much. It made me laugh out loud when I was least expecting it with the comedic relief of Ed, Chris and Alex. Millie's wit, humor and intelligence made me love her so much as the lead protagonist, and Reid was, well....Reid. I loved and admired him for his candor, kind heart and emotional vulnerability. Although I am one of those fortunate Millenials who never had to deal with this absurd whirlwind we call online dating, I have plenty of friends deal with it and vent to me their frustrations, so seeing some similarities in how distressed these all felt about their online profiles and potentially dating and meeting up with their dates resonated with me because I've literally heard it all. Although catfishing is about one of the worst things anyone could possibly do, I understood Millie's intentions and didn't hold it against her. I admired her for opening up in the end and trying to better herself. And I'm so happy they got their happy ending! Mills and Reid forever! Thank you for this sweet and refreshing reid! (Okay, I'll stop now.)
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.