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Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Hey all, Dani here.

Why hello Tuesday, sorry this post is a little late. I’m trying to paint a miniature figurine for a contest at our local game store before Damian and I leave for a long weekend away, and so I’ve been dividing my time between painting and reading…and well, almost forgetting that this blog post wasn’t finished. Yikes. Oh well, better late than not at all, right?

Okay, let’s get started with the review.

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Summary

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 Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so as soon as the weather started turning, I got into a certain reading mood…and this happens pretty much every year around this time. The weather starts getting nice and I find myself with a craving for contemporary romance. Unfortunately this year it interrupted some pretty huge fantasy plans. However I can say that so far I haven’t been disappointed by the books I’ve picked.

Oh, so for My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I read it all in one day. Yesterday, in fact. Yeah, I read about 120ish pages during my shift at work and decided that I didn’t care what other reading plans I had in place for the evening; I was going to finish the book. I regret nothing.

I related to this book quite a bit. Also, hey, friendships in books is great, and I really liked that Millie was the only girl in the friend group. So relatable. Honestly, most of the groups I hang out with are a bunch of guys and me. We only started to get other girls in the group as the guys finally started to settle down and find steady girlfriends/fiances/wives.

Another relatable aspect was the online dating bit. I admit that I attempted it several years ago–and thankfully didn’t have the same disastrous results Millie did, but I was on a site called Geek2Geek and it was aimed at geeks meeting other geeks. I just didn’t really get any genuine interest, and the whole idea of online dating just wasn’t working for me. I also tried geeky speed dating at comic conventions, but nothing really stuck.

Anyway, the chemistry between Millie and Reid was apparent from the beginning, and it was interesting how they tried to tiptoe around the rest of the guys about their half-night stand. I really enjoyed the friendly banter and the hangouts and the board game sessions. It really made me think of doing that with my guy pals, which is awesome.

I flew through this book and definitely enjoyed the experience. This was my second Christina Lauren book, but my first adult one by the duo. It was cool to read about a couple who was around my age and to really connect with the story.

I’m probably finishing up another Christina Lauren book tonight. Just sayin’, these ladies write really intriguing and compelling stories. I’m definitely a fan.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore.

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