Title: My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 4 Dec 2018
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.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand is very difficult to articulate clearly the effect it has on your subconscious. The characters are complex and flawed, making certain aspects of their personalities uncomfortably relatable.
Millie is emotionally stunted due to the loss of her mother at a young age and the responsibility of caring for her much younger sister in the time following the loss. Learning at an early age to suppress her emotions as to not add to the negativity of a situation; Millie became a leader in the art of deflection. Unfortunately, this also prevents people from getting emotionally close to her as well as feeding the loneliness within Millie which she has yet to acknowledge. The path to self-awareness for Millie is paved with uncomfortable truths and heartache.
Closer to a group of guys she met through an ex and work; the catalyst to Millie’s changes is when the friendship group embark on a quest to find dates to a formal occasion via a dating app. It’s like the blinkers come off and Millie begins to view things in a whole new way, especially Reid 😉
My Favorite Half- Night Stand is told from both Millie and Ried’s perspective, although the main focus is Millie’s character growth. I have to say I did find Reid a little douchey at times, even though the situation is a little mixed up (to say the least) it isn’t as if Reid is aware of the twists at the time, making his actions a little like ‘having your cake and eating it’. While I could understand his need for an emotional connection as well as a physical one; he is also at fault for not making himself clear rather than just hinting around the truth.
I completely fell in love with the quirky group of friends and would love to see each have their own HEA.
I adored the progression of the relationships and character growth. The road to self-awareness is never easy, delivering both joy and distress as you clear the emotional hurdles.