BOOK REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren


Title: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Women’s Fiction
Pages: 385


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


Last year around the beginning of the year I read the Unhoneymooners.  I absolutely devoured the book it was soooo good.  I even put it in my top 10 for 2020.  Fast forward to now and I had several of the authors books on my wish list on Amazon.  One I actually purchased the paperback for when I went birthday book shopping and the others remained firmly on my wish list till one day I saw that it was 2.99.  Hot dog we have a winner.  I knew I wanted to read it soon. 

Millie is a girl in a group of men.  They are her best friends in the whole world.  One night after a fair amount of wine and beer she sleeps with Reid.  The one she connects to the most.  This puts in motion a whole error of events that may lead to her in Reid’s downfall or it may build them up into something bigger. I loved this book so much.  I read it from 22% to completion in one night.  I had to finish it.  I needed to know what happens with Millie and Reid.  The way that Millie and Reid mature together is wonderful to watch. Yes they are in their late 20’s early 30’s but they haven’t really matured  until now.

The characters growth in the book is so sweet to watch.  As a added twist….unbeknownst to Reid, him and Millie have matched on a dating website.  She knows it’s him but he doesn’t know it’s her.  Watching them share their secrets is sweet to watch, until it all comes to head at the end as most things do.  They learn about themselves. That family really does mean everything, whether they realized it or not.  The author made this whole group of friends lovable and relatable.  You can see your close-knit group of friends in them.  The bring humor to the book.  I found myself giggling on more than one occasion, but at the same time I found myself shedding a few tears at the same time.  Maybe it was me but maybe it was the book I won’t know! I am definitely moving more of the authors book to the the top of my TBR pile!!! 

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