Synopsis – 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.
I have quickly become a fan of Christina Lauren’s work from their Beautiful Bastard series, which I’ve technically only read about two books from and loved one, to the Wild Things series which I literally tore through in the span of a week (super HarlFinn fan here). And finally their stand-alones, which just might be my favorite set of books by them.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand maneuvers early thirties career-focused dating in a social media “there’s an app for everything” world . It’s a story of the family you choose, and the intricate dynamics of friendship especially between the two sexes.
Millie and Reed’s friends with benefits storyline is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. High school me would be in heaven with this story since I lived for the secretly in love with my best friend trope.
What I liked most is that although their story was obviously the major story and plot line, the sub-plots were also developed well.
Personally, I’m more of a fan of character driven stories and I live for well developed characters and in that regard I feel the authors slightly fell short with this book.
Millie was maybe my favorite character throughout the story.
Millie and Reid were written and developed well. However, the other secondary characters Alex, Ed and Chris didn’t have distinct voices and it was often easy for me to confuse the them for one another.
Overall, I was very pleased with the story. It was enjoyable, relatable and entertaining. If you’re looking for a quick read that is light and airy with a touch of tension (not just sexual), then I definitely recommend this book.
(rounded up to 4 on Goodreads)