Genres: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance
Format Read: eBook
Published by Hachette Australia on December 4th 2018
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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 first Christina Lauren book was Roomies, which I absolutely adored. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to say the same for Beautiful Bastard (one of the first books by this dynamic duo, if not the first) or My Favourite Half-Night Stand. I wanted to like this book so much, but in the end, I didn’t connect with any of the characters.
The plot was also very meh, at best. But despite this, I flew through this book in a day. Safe to say, Christina Lauren books are easy to devour, but can be pretty hit or miss for me.
My Favourite Half-Night Stand follows a college professor called Millie, who is best friends with four other male professors. Their jobs often leave them perma-single, and the novel kicks off with this group of platonic friends making a pact to all join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the university’s upcoming black-tie gala event. But as you have probably already guessed from the title…Millie ends up in a half-night stand with one of her best friends Reid, but they decide to be “just friends”.
It wouldn’t be a chick lit without someone catching the feels — but the twist? We get some weird catfishing happening along the way. With Millie’s first dating profile garnering nothing but dick pics and creepers, she decides to create another profile under the pseudonym “Catherine”, which allows her to reveal the vulnerable side of herself that she buries deep within her, especially around her friends. Soon her “Catherine” profile matches with Reid, and Millie decides it would be funny to strike up a conversation with the intention of telling Reid that Catherine was her at the end of it. But of course, this doesn’t go the way she anticipated, because Reid and Catherine begin to bond a lot quicker and deeper than either of them anticipated.
Look, I get that this is a fictional story. But catfishing as an act, regardless of whether it was intended to be a joke at first, just doesn’t sit right with me. Millie as a character was pretty bland in the first place, but her treatment of her best friend and how she strung him along just felt creepy. It’s weird to sleep with your friend in real life, but only use your alter ego to share the deeper side of yourself with him virtually.
Lots of mixed feelings about this novel to be honest. At least it was a quick read that I breezed through.
Check out my other Christina Lauren reviews for more of my thoughts on this duo’s novels.