Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Book Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand

By Melissa Amster

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

A while back, there was this TV series called My Boys that I totally loved watching. My Favorite Half-Night Stand reminds me of that show, mainly because Millie's friends are all male and one of the guys (Ed) reminds me of Michael from that show.

After finishing Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, I knew I had to check this one out sooner rather than later. It was on par with Josh and Hazel in terms of humor and hot romantic scenes, as well as dual perspectives. However, I felt like Half-Night had more of a conflict, which I appreciated. I could relate to Millie about not always sharing everything about myself with my friends, even if I am a sounding board for them. I loved the e-mail exchanges between "Catherine" and Reid and the supporting characters were a lot of fun.

Overall, it was an enjoyable story and I am excited to read The Unhoneymooners soon, as well as Christina Lauren's previous novels.

Side note: After you read this novel, you might enjoy watching Sierra Burgess is a Loser on Netflix. It has a similar premise.

Movie casting suggestions:
Millie: Emma Stone
Reid: Chris Wood
Alex: Ryan Guzman
Ed: Evan Peters
Chris: Michael B. Jordan
Daisy: Laura Wiggins

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The Book Sage said...

This looks like another author I would enjoy!

Janine said...

After reading your review, I know I need to check this book out.