REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Title: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018
So this is going to probably come as a complete shock to everyone but this is my first Christina Lauren book. I know right !!! How is this even possible. All I can tell you, is that I'm positive it will not be my last in fact I have another one from them sitting on my bookshelf right now waiting for me to dive into. My Favorite Half-Night Stand was a quirky, fun friends to lovers romance that to me really reflects dating today. This book grabbed my attention early on with the dynamic between all the characters. Millie's relationship with these four guys is one that I enjoyed reading. Just a group of friends who get along and I loved that Millie was the only girl. So when Reid and Millie cross that "invisible line" I of course was dying to see how this would all play out. With them being the closest it was clear that this would be a tricky situation. Once they all decided to join a dating app things get a bit more blurry. And when Millie becomes "Catherine" well then things become very messy. The line's been crossed and it's anyway's guess how things are going to turn out but it clear this won't be easy. I found myself invested in these two, and at times felt myself talking out loud to these characters. Particularly Millie, who in my opinion just kept digging herself a hole that I wasn't sure she would be able to get out of. And Reid, OMG I loved him. I'll admit there were times where I too was screaming internally at him saying look what is right in front of you. Mind you I didn't blame him for his actions during the course of this book. It was more Millie for me that had me wanting to jump in and shake the girl. There were also times that I could feel Millie's emotions as though they were my own. It's never easy being that friend who's feelings become more. You never know if those feelings are reciprocated and then worse you worry how that will affect the friendship you so dearly cherish. Overall this book was fun, it had it's fair share of heart pounding moments and I loved the dynamics with all of the characters. I'm not sure if this is a series or not but I would love to see books with the rest of the guys from this story. While this was the first Christina Lauren book I've read this certainly won't be the last.
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.
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.