REVIEW – MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND by Christina Lauren

SYNOPSIS

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Postsex, I feel like a well-used glove, a warm blanket, a body pillow. Soft and warm and sated. But inside, somewhere deeper, I’m a knot of angst. I want Millie. I think I’m falling in love with her. And she just does not see me that way at all.

 

 

I honestly can’t get enough of Christina Lauren’s writing. They are one of the greatest collaborative duos in the romance genre today. I fell in love with this super funny, sexy and heartbreakingly angsty ”friends-to-lovers” story. The supporting characters are terrific and endearing in their own super quirky ways. I’m not going to deny that it was Reid who stole my heart from the beginning. He comes in at a very close second behind Will Sumner from ”Beautiful Player”. Reid and Millie’s story felt a little reminiscent of Will and Hanna’s.

”MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND” is about two besties who have the greatest friendship but underneath the layers there exists a deeply rooted attraction. Neither seems to be self-aware enough to figure out what is developing right in front of their very eyes. The two decide to join an online dating service with three of their other friends, in hopes of landing a date for an upcoming gala event for work. But somehow during the attempt of finding love online, Reid and Millie end up having one passionate night of steamy sex together. The two chalk it up to a one time deal because they’re not willing to risk the friendship, but then there’s an added twist, when Millie creates a ”fake” account on the dating site and Reid ends up being a 98% match with her.

They end up carrying on with an online connection via emails but Millie never reveals her true identity to Reid. Her online “self” is not necessarily a lie. It’s the only time she is REAL with Reid. She lets him in on all her fears and sorrows. Things she never lets anyone see in her everyday life. Life has been hard on her from early childhood and her only coping mechanism was to bury her feelings and to keep silent. Reid is torn because he is becoming aware that he’s falling for Millie, but she’s emotionally closed off, and he knows there’s no chance for their relationship to survive if she is unable to trust him and let him in all the way. Then there’s “Catherine”, whom he’s never met in person yet he feels a true connection to, but somehow it feels like he’s being unfaithful to Millie.

Millie struggles with her feelings for Reid. There were many times, I wanted to shake the two of them. For two highly intelligent people, they were beyond dense. That is what made this story so painfully angsty. You keep hoping that they’ll wake up and fight for what’s been right in front of them for so long and then it gets so incredibly painful when things blow up and you know that it’s coming because…how could it not??!!

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 5
Angst: 5
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND is currently available! This is a terrific ”friends-to-lovers” romance! One that should not be missed!!

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