My Favorite Half-Night Stand
“I wonder whether I’m single not because I haven’t met the right person yet, but because I’m not the right person yet.”
This is my second Christina Lauren book ever and I realized that I just need to buy all of their books because I am running out of funny and sweet slump-busting romances. There is something about the predictability of Christina Lauren’s books that bring so much comfort, like you know what you’re going to get but the getting there is really sweet. I’ve really been loving on the friends-to-lovers romance lately, I read three books with this trope in February (who am I?), and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the superior trope.
Meet out protagonist, Millie Morris: college professor, female-serial-killer expert, and forever single. I found that I oddly related to Millie because I also studied criminology in college and it was a nice surprise to read the first chapter and find out about her obsession with female serial killers – I am not specifically obsessed with female serial killers, just serial killers in general. Anyway, Millie has four best guy friends who also happen to be her colleagues and they all decide to join an online dating site to find plus-ones for a black-tie university function. But everything gets twisted when Millie and one her best guy friends, Reid Campbell, have a steamy half-night stand, decide to stay as friends, and later end up matching on the online dating site…
I loved that CLo tackled online dating and all the horrors that some women have to deal with on those things. I personally have never been on a dating site, but I’ve heard the stories. When Millie set up her online dating profile her DMs were inundated with dick pics and just straight up weirdos. Tired of not being able to find anyone worth her while, she opens up a new profile where she feels like she could be more herself behind an artsy photo and a different name (she used her middle name, Catherine). That’s when she matches with Reid and that’s when she can finally start opening up to the man she’s always been in love with, even if she hadn’t known it then. This, of course, is problematic because she is crossing a line and it brings pain and drama. Online dating is scary and intimidating and sometimes, for people like me, totally unknown territory. I liked that CLo, who also have never online dated, wrote about this. I can just imagine how fun it must have been researching the topic and listening to others’ stories about online dating.
I loved the friend group – at times they were kind of like caricatures of themselves, but I loved them anyway. I liked the way CLo wrote and styled the narrative because were able to really get a feel for what these characters are like as people, and as friends. We see both Millie and Reid’s POV, and we also get some hilarious texts and online dating messages. By including those group chat messages, I was able to really see the dynamics of the friend group and I enjoyed their energy and their banter.
Overall, this was a great read. I really need to get more Christina Lauren because they guarantee a good time!
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: Dec 2018
Date Read: Feb 18 – Feb 19, 2021
CW: catfishing, death of a loved one in the past, conversation surrounding cancer, diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, and some questionable comments about physical appearances