Review: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Posted December 4, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren
My Favorite Half Night Stand

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on December 4, 2018
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

An emotionally distant college professor joins a dating site along with her group of geeky guy friends. Before anyone can even fill out their profiles, Millie and fellow college professor, Reid(the one in the group that’s not geeky), end up spending a wonderful half night together. Best friends, this was out of character for each of them. They decide to just stay friends. Easier said than done.

Review

Millie has intimacy issues. She refuses to open up about herself to pretty much anyone. Instead, she cracks jokes or changes the subject. All her circle of guy friends know this about her, but love her anyway. After a get together featuring monopoly and lots to drink, Millie and Reid end up in Millie’s bed. Both back off from each other initially and decide to stay platonic. Ah, the best laid plains and all that. Since the whole group needs a date for an upcoming college event, they all post their profiles online with a dating app. It’s not long before Millie is fending off advances from every creep on the site. The guys have better luck. She decides to make a new profile under another name and actually open herself up. Problem? She matches with Reid who has no idea who she is due to the side profile, vague picture she posted with it. What starts as her wanting Reid to figure it out due to clues in her responses, begins to take on a life of its own. And that’s all I am saying about the actual story.

The Characters! The circle of friends was to me almost the best part of the book. All of the guys and Millie are expertly fleshed out by the authors to the point I felt like I knew them. Millie is beautiful, a serial killer expert and teaches about it at the college. Reid is handsome, but still a geek. He has just received tenure at the same college where Millie works. Ed is the guy that never fully grew up. He’s a gamer and a geek and also works at the same college in Reid’s department. Alex is tall, dark, handsome and is a lady magnet at times. He even has an accent due to his Ecuadorian roots. He too, works at the college as a professor of biochemistry. Chris is good looking, African American, an all around good guy, and also a mentor for fellow chemists at the college. They all were a fun group and spent a lot of time with each other with weekly lunches and monopoly games that run for hours. Millie has no female friends, probably due to not wanting to open up to people. Other women would definitely not understand. Other characters are involved, but the story revolved around these five.

Of course, this ended up an amazing romance, but it’s also about Millie’s personal growth and learning to open up. I love the best friend trope anyway, so this was a particularly great read for me. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like/love about the read. Christina Lauren are such good writers and this fit right in with all of their other fantastic works. I was late to the Christina Lauren party, but I am steadily working my way through their books and having a wonderful time doing it. If you are an adult that likes a book with a sizzling romance, great characters, and lots of humor, I highly recommend you read this book. Or any of their books for that matter. Just an aside to the authors, I would love it if some of these other characters got their own stories!

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
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It’s funny how she ends up matching up with Reid not once, but twice because of the profile. They do sound like a fun group. 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

She only matched with him after she opened up on the fake name. Sorry if I was unclear.

Melliane
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I also had a good time with this one but I still need to post my review. Maybe tomorrow

Lorna
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Lorna

So glad you liked this one too!

Northwoman
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This author always does such a great job. The characters and their emotional journeys are well done. I haven’t read this one but I’m sure I will. Anne – Books of My Heart

Lorna
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Lorna

Yes, there’s only been one by them that I didn’t connect that well with. But the rest are awesome.

Tori @InToriLex
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It’s wonderful when a romance book has great character development that always helps you invest more with how the relationship turns out. Glad you really enjoyed this one.
Tori @ In Tori Lex

Lorna
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Lorna

I did Tori, thank you!

Lover Of Romance
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Isn’t it so wonderful when you see well written character growth in a romance? You connect so much stronger to the story overall and glad to hear that this one was a win for you.

Lorna
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Lorna

These authors usually write a lot of growth into their characters. They are just so good!

Sam@WLABB
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Right? I was all over this friend group. I loved them so much! Oooh, yes. I would love to see the other guys get their HEA. CLo needs to write those books.

Lorna
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Lorna

I know! They could have a whole series with these characters.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I am happy to see you enjoyed this. It is on my list for when contemporary romances call me.

Lorna
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Lorna

I think you would enjoy it Kimberly. I love their books. Thanks!