This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on December 4, 2018
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.
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!