Published by Gallery Books on December 4, 2018
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By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.
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.
Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.
I firmly believe that the right book sometimes lands in your hands at the right time. And My Favorite Half-Night Stand is in a long line of other books that found me precisely when I needed them. I read this all the way back in September, when I was going through some pretty major life changes. (Side note, as I re-read this in December, my life is even crazier now.) My thought process was simple: Christina Lauren always makes me feel better. They’re as familiar as best friends through their writing, and I wanted a little comfort and some laughs during uncertainty. I got all that and more.
From the blurb, I knew this was going to be funny. Online dating with all of your single friends? Fudge yes, sign me up for that book. In the back of my head, I was also thinking of a pact (aka pinky promise) sworn after way too much rose’ with my bestie, that by my next birthday if I wasn’t seriously seeing anyone, she could sign me up for online dating. Rose’ Dani is so full of bravado. Present/sober Dani is more like, “WTF dude!” as I march ever closer to this deadline. (Side note two, said bestie still remembers and is counting down the days.)
And then My Favorite Half-Night Stand fell into my lap, and I found myself tagging along with Millie’s online dating quest. The struggle to write an honest and compelling bio to share with people – to open up at all to the big, bad world, definitely relatable. The quiet questions you ask when you’re in a long-term relationship with…yourself. Between those snorts of laughter, this book brought a whole bunch of very real feels, as CL books often do.
I had intended a very literary review for this book, stuff that shows I’m a very serious blogger. (Straightens imaginary bowtie.) Plain and simple, this book is feels good. It’s funny. It’s sweet. It’s steamy. It’s everything I wanted it to be. If you’re a Christina Lauren fangirl, you will not be let down. If you’re new to them, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Just kidding – if you’re new, this is the epitome of their work. All the stars.