My Favorite Half-Night Stand

My Favorite Half-Night Stand

by Christina Lauren

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ISBN-13: 9781501197406
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 4,530
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and the Wild Seasons series, The Unhoneymooners, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You / Hating You, Roomies, The House, and Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
LynnLTX 11 months ago
Five friends who work in the high intelligence but possibly low in social skills field of academia at a California University decide their dating lives have been seriously lacking after they receive an invitation to a major function that includes a plus one. Millie is the only gal among this group. To spice things up in an unintended way, Millie and one of the guys, who happens to be her best friend, hook up after a party celebrating his receiving tenure. Reid and Millie don’t want this lapse in judgement to spoil everything they have; however, while this elaborate set up with the online dating scheme is happening, they both feel a deepening attraction. Millie wades into murky waters of catfishing by setting up a secret profile as “Catherine” only to be matched with Reid. So they start a relationship online unbeknownst to him that it is Millie. For Millie, she can be her true self opening up in a way she never has with anyone. As Shakespeare said, “the truth will out,” so when that inevitably happens, the results are not surprising. Before the big reveal, the friendship dynamics between Millie and her group of guys plays out in the form of social gatherings and IM chat threads. Each member has relationship issues in part because of their dedication to very demanding jobs so these thirtysomethings have shall we say, some catching up to do in the dating world. While I enjoyed a lot of aspects of this novel including the humorous, clever writing, and the inside look at the pitfalls of online dating especially for woman, Millie is one of those characters you want to smack with her own book. What she does to Reid in keeping up this subterfuge is quite frustrating. Her lack of sensitivity and major life fumble makes it hard to empathize with Millie although there are some valid reasons why she is so emotionally shut off. In some ways this feels like a role reversal where the female character has issues dealing with feelings while the male is in touch with his “feminine side.” I wonder if readers will fault Millie even more because of expectations of how women generally process and understand emotions making her actions seem so wrong. Fans of this writing duo will have a lot to chew on with this book.
gaele 11 months ago
Millie is a professor and single, but with a huge bonus in the form of four friends (Reid, Ed, Alex and Chris) and the five are nearly inseparable – sharing meals, game nights, woes about students and the academic treadmill, and provide support and laughs for one another in equal measure. In fact, their relationships are so solidly present, that you want to join in their fun – and there’s no real awkwardness with Millie being the only girl – she’s more ‘boy’ than the boys – carefully constraining and containing her emotions and hopes for herself beyond work, even being rather tone-deaf to just how she comes across to men who may be interested. One should never mix drinks and Monopoly, particularly when the drinks have her looking at Reid in a whole new light: he’s sexy, caring and one look leads to one hot connection – that just can’t happen again as they both fear losing the friendship they have and messing up their group. But, there’s a major event and while they’d all normally go stag and hang together in their own little ‘gang’, it’s decided they all should find dates – and what better way than to sign up with an on-line profile. As long as Millie helps them with what to say that is……. And Millie does, taking rather ‘resume-like’ profiles and creates something far more honest for each of the guys – something that she believes will have women lining up. Surprising to everyone, as Millie seems to be the least romantic or emotionally connected member of their little group. What she fails to see is that her own profile, her first and carefully constructed, rather stiff and formal addition to the site is wholly unemotional and lacks the honesty and openness, or appearance of openness and willingness to trust in another human being. When the boy’s are getting multiple hits and successes, hers is far less viewed, let alone interacted with – so she creates one that is everything she wishes she could be – a fake profile with an arty photo – and near instantly it is Reid in her inbox. Just what is a girl to do – since she knows they get on like a house on fire, there’s no real ‘getting to know you’ dangers there – but the biggest and most scary moments will be in allowing herself to be vulnerable and taking that chance. Such fun – each of the characters are wonderfully presented, and their friendships – between one another and within the group is marvelous. With plenty of good-natured teasing, lots of laughs and an underlying contentment with their situation as it stands, even as they worry about finding themselves years later still texting, playing board games and single, together yet separate. The relationship between Reid and Millie displays subtle changes, never quite hitting you (or them) over the head, but allowing the bone-deep surety that they have in knowing one another so well to slowly drop the ‘friends only’ veil and allow them to take a chance for more. Alternating moments of pure emotion with laugh out loud dialogue, some very witty retellings of moments and the slow growth of Millie’s character into someone who accepts and allows her emotions to inform her choices, this is another in the long list of titles by this author that brings people you want to know in situations you can relate to – all to a happy conclusion. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This had some fun characters to enjoy to get to know. I wanted to keep going!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Perfect rom-com
Anonymous 8 months ago
A really beautiful novel that had me laughing. It truly showed the way of dating in today's society.
TheLifeofaBookAddict 9 months ago
My Favorite Half-Night Stand centers on Millie and Reid, two UC Santa Barbara Professors and their small group of close-knit friends, Alex, Chris, and Ed. Even though they are all pretty tight with each other, Mille and Reid’s relationship has always been…different. They understand each other better and there is a subtle flirting that goes on between them. Their friendship is tested however when one night after a little liquid courage, Millie and Reid sleep together. Is it easy going back to being just friends? Or do they want more from each other? Millie, a criminologist, is smart, pretty, and successful. Though she has great friends, she never likes to share much about herself or her past. She’s pretty closed off and being her friend, you understand that dealing with emotions isn’t really her strong suit. She oftentimes frustrated me, but I still liked her character. Reid, a scientist, is successful and easy on the eyes. He works a lot, but always makes times for the people he cares about. Unlike Millie, Reid loves to communicate and open up about himself. He oftentimes tries to get Millie to tell him more, but he is rarely successful. Wanting to make a good impression at a very important school banquet, they decide to join a dating app. Hoping to not only find a date to the banquet, but possibly someone they want to pursue an actual relationship with. When it’s time for everyone to create their dating profiles, they all suck according to Millie. So she reluctantly agrees to re-write the dating profiles for them. When she is finished, she has made the guys sound very appealing. Well everyone except for herself. Her profile is found to be a little lacking. Even though Millie doesn’t divulge much in her profile, that doesn’t stop her from getting lame messages and inappropriate pics from weirdos. In an attempt to start fresh, she creates a secondary profile under her middle name with a somewhat blurry profile pic. With the new profile ready to go she unexpectedly discovers that she matches with Reid. They begin talking to each other through the app, but Reid doesn’t know that it’s Millie he is opening up to. After some time, Millie finds herself being more open about her life and past experiences as she talks with Reid through the app. And it feels good to finally be able to talk to someone about what she is going through. But how open is Millie being with Reid if he doesn’t even know it’s her? And what happens if he wants to meet her? Told in dual POV’s, My Favorite Half-Night Stands is a sweet contemporary romance that goes into the world of modern day online dating and the adventures that can come from that. I loved the dynamic between all five friends. They are different, but their friendship works. Being able to see their online chats was a nice addition also. The story was very easy to get into and the writing was solid. Not to mention the characters were likable. I couldn’t help but root for Reid and Millie through the whole book. RATING: 3½ out of 5. **Even though I received this book on behalf of the Publisher, the thoughts & opinions expressed are solely my own.**
taramichelle 9 months ago
My Favorite Half-Night Stand was seriously so cute, I didn’t want to stop reading. As someone who has tried online dating (it’s actually how I met my boyfriend!), I couldn’t stop laughing over how accurate some of the observations were. Millie and Reid were both great narrators, I liked seeing their different perspectives on the situation. This book was very much a comedy of errors and I loved seeing how everything played out. However, this book was also so much more than that. Both Millie and Reid has some great character development throughout the novel. I can’t say too much without spoilers but I think the message that came through is an incredibly valuable one. I loved this one and can’t wait to reread it in the future. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 9 months ago
Once again Christina Lauren has blown me away. I barely picked it up and could hardly put it down, not to mention laughing so hard! So many times that I feel Millie should have come clean about being Cat, and I still feel that Reid maybe overreacted a bit when he found out it was her, but still, the hilariousness of the friends, the texting, instant messaging, all of it, make up for that. The fact that there was a reference to the movie Caddyshack in this made it even more a book that I adored, since that is a movie I have memorized and quote almost weekly if not daily. Love, loved this, funny, sexy, wonderful characters, a definite must read!
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cordee 10 months ago
This was my first Christina Lauren book and these two authors made it straight to the top of my auto-read list. Everything and everyone in this story was lovable that the book felt almost a little too short which is by no means the authors' fault and only my love and enthusiasm for this wonderful friends-to-lovers novel. Millie loves her job and her small circle of four friends who consists only of the XY-chromosome variety and are all scientists. One of them is Reid, her best friend, and their relationship is truly amazing. The ease with which they treat one another almost could have fooled me into thinking that they are really solely platonic. But while they have a beautiful friendship, Millie keeps Reid and everyone else at arms length, so far that Reid wonders at some point if she has the emotional capacity to feel deep emotions. But one night Millie is a little tipsy and feels a little frisky so she makes her move and they end up spending, you guessed it, half a night. Apparently the underlying attraction they've felt for one another has been brewing and neither of them has acknowledged it. So how do you go back to friendship when the night you had with your best friend rocked your world? How do you keep the awkwardness out? When the five friends need to attend a black tie function for work and don't have dates they have the glorious idea to register for an online dating platform. Millie signs up with a name none of her friends is aware of and finds herself being a 98% match with Reid. They start messaging each other, with Reid being none the wiser that he's talking to his best friend. For so long Millie has kept everything she feels inside: about her sick dad, the way she's dropped the ball with her sister. For the first time Millie can be herself, but she does it on the sly and as we all know...secrets always have a way of coming out at some point. Often times emotionally closed off characters come across a little distant, maybe even cold. Not Mllie - she has a warmth about her that I found enchanting. She is wicked smart and has a kickass sense of humor, she just bottles up her feelings. The way she explained them totally resonated with me and I think this is what made this book so special to me. I saw myself in a lot of things Millie said and did. Her loneliness, not being able to say the things that moved her...in her mind she voices things many of us aren't able to admit. Reid is dreamy and so so swoon-worthy. Ahhh he has this charming, humorous and intelligent way about him I love. There is also an innate kindness that makes him stand out. And don't get me started on his nerdiness. I LOVE a hot nerd. I adored Millie and Reid's friendship. It was easy, sweet, and strong enough to overcome mistakes made on both sides. Their circle of friends is a hoot, totally quirky, endearing and nerdy and when they interact you can feel the love they have for each other. You can also feel a sort of reverence they all have for Millie. The graphic format of the friends' online chats is extremely well done - so hats off to whoever decided to make the book look interactive and alive! MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND is a beautiful and enchanting study of characters and online dating with surprising depth and a little angst towards the end. I had such a ball reading about the friends' antics and Reid and Millie's path to love in this modern and crisp writing style.
mom2crgk 10 months ago
“I have never read anything like this.” I say the same thing every time I finish a book by Christina Lauren. I said it about Roomies. I said it about Beautiful Stranger. I said it about Love and Other Words. It’s a pattern. The premise of Half-Night Stand may be familiar to you: two people, who have been friends for years, realize that they’re in love with each other. I have read some terrific Friends-to-Lovers books: Head Over Heels by Serena Bell Truth or Beard by Penny Reid Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow But I have never read a FtoL book like this. The main characters are Millie and Reid. And Ed. And Alex. And Chris. A friend group that includes four guys and one girl. At first, I thought, oh no, I’ll never keep track of that many main characters. But I did! Chris has it all together. Alex is a player. Ed is a 30-year-old kid who only has beer in his fridge, and answers the door in his bathrobe. (Ed is my spirit animal!) Reid is loyal, and hard-working, and passionate. And then there’s Millie. She’s quirky, and closed off, and not comfortable talking about her feelings. (Millie. Is. Me!) These five friends are generally satisfied with their lives. They have jobs that they enjoy, they have a group of good friends, they have a comfortable routine. The shenanigans begin when one of them decides that they should bring a “plus-one” to an upcoming event, and figure the best way to find one is by using a dating app. This is very relevant to today’s environment, as it seems to be the only way to find a partner in this day and age. (I love that this book delves into this topic, as I’ve had some experience with online dating in the past few months, and I haven’t found many books that even bring it up as an option! People in books seem to meet other people “the old-fashioned way.”) Each of the friends has a different experience with the dating app, called IRL. When Millie is matched with one of her best friends, she starts to look at her relationship with that friend in a different light. I always see something new when I read Christina Lauren book. We see the group text conversations among the gang, each accompanied by an icon of each character. I’m a very visual person, so it helped my brain to have a picture to connect with each member of the friend group. This is unique, and fun, and very Christina Lauren. With every CL book I read, I fall more in love with the style of this writing duo. They are clever, the sexy times are steamy, and they always make me cry at some point. There's not much more that I require of a good book than that.
kstokes 10 months ago
This book is about a group of friends, Millie the token female, Reid, Ed, Alex, and Chris and their quest to find dates for a work function. The story explores what happens when best friends have a half night stand and also when they all decide to join a dating app to find a date. It is sort of a bit of a train wreck at one point you can see it is not going to lead to good things and you want to yell and the heroine to be smart because nothing good is going to happen, but you can't look away while she continues to make a mess of things. Its a good light read and I really enjoyed all the characters!
Caroldaz 10 months ago
Funny, light-hearted, completely enjoyable! A group of friends have to find a date for an event so they turn to the dating app. Their experiences are hilarious!
Vicki101370 11 months ago
This book! I was pulled right in and had no interest in anything but Millie and Reid from the first moment. Both Millie and Reid are professors at UCSB, and are part of a group of perpetually singles on campus. But when a big event is coming up at the school, the gang decides they need dates for the occasion. When Reid initially "calls" Millie for his date at the event, she begins to look at him in a new light. Maybe not a "never realized he was attractive" like, but new, none the less. But after a wild night together, they decide to leave their friendship as it is and focus on finding dates for the entire group of five...through online dating sites. While Reid is chatting up two women on the dating site, one that is physically beautiful, and one that just so happens to be his favorite gal pal...using her middle name. While Millie is waiting for Reid to put it together that she's the gal he's chatting up online, they are both dancing around the attraction they feel for one another. But, by the time Reid figures out he's been chatting with Millie all along, will her lies of omission spun too far out of control for her to save her friendship? My Favorite Half Night Stand is a funny romance, with so much tenderness between this group of friends that neither of them dare to do anything to jeopardize the balance between them all. Millie will go to any length to insure she can keep her friendship with Reid - even if it means hiding her identity from him. And the gang of friends. They are so fun, funny, supportive. All trying to help everyone else out in their own unique way - I wanted to hang out and play Monopoly with the gang. And I HATE Monopoly! ;) One click this puppy To-Day.
Kristina Haasakker 11 months ago
You know that moment in Outlander when Claire is sucked into another world by the screaming stones? Well, that’s how I ALWAYS feel when I open a Christina Lauren book. This book sucked me right in and I had to stop everything to focus on it, sleep be damned. Seriously. I’m writing this review on less than five hours of sleep because I HAD to know what happened between Millie and Reid. I couldn’t go to sleep without knowing. Here’s something else: I rarely cry when I read books. When other readers say that certain scenes made them cry in other books, I usually kinda nod without adding a comment. At most, I add an crying emoji. But this book? This book made me cry not once but twice. Maybe because I understand Millie a little too well. Maybe because Christina Lauren writes characters that steal my breath away with their complexity and bravery. Or maybe because allowing yourself to be seen—really seen—by someone is frightening, exhausting, and so worth it.
ScrapNSign 11 months ago
Fans of "She's the Man" will LOVE this book! When 5 best friends agree to sign up on a dating site in order to procure a plus one for a special event at the University they all work at, hilarity, deception and hijinks ensue. One of my favorite RomComs of the year!
BBarber 11 months ago
I received this ARC book from Netgalley for a honest review. This was my first Christina Lauren book and I was not disappointed. The has some great humor and some sad revaluations. Millie has a great circle of guy friends that all love her very much.As a friend. Almost. Reid is the best friend you always need even when you don't know you do. This book as some of that classic friends need to be more romance. A bunch of funny stuff and a few surprise. This book kept my up way past my bedtime. I will be reading more of Christina Lauren books soon.
KimMc 11 months ago
What a fun book this is! Lauren delivers a sassy, sarcastic and sweet journey of Millie and Reid that will have you both laughing aloud and tearing up at times. The chemistry between these friends, and I mean all of them, is such fun banter that I didn’t want it to end. Definitely one for your to-read list, and an author that I will seek out again. *I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
CRSK 11 months ago
This is the first book I’ve read by the author duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, whose pen name is Christina Lauren. They have fourteen New York Times bestselling novels, and I can see why. This is written in such an easy-breezy style, toss in a little bit of love story with a few twists, and a young woman whose heart has a hard time opening up to being vulnerable. When she was eleven Millie and her younger sister Elly were told by their mother that she was sick. From that moment on, it seemed as if her world changed, her view of her place in the world changed, and it became imperative not to bother her with their worries, but to ”give her something else to think about.” ”So we didn’t. We told her that everything was great at school. We told her we were happy, that we loved her, that we didn’t need anything. And I kept the things I really wanted to tell her tucked away for when she was better.” ”My quieter truths weren’t bursting to get out of me: I was fine keeping them inside.” Now Millie is a professor, as are all of her friends. Her closest group of friends consists of only men, Reid, Ed, Chris and Alex, and of those it is Reid that she is closest to. Millie’s specialty is in criminology, specifically serial killers – even more specifically: female serial killers. Reid is a neuroscientist, which may not be Millie’s area of focus, but it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a drink or two or three together now and then. Usually with their whole group together, but then inevitably there is also time alone. Especially one night when Millie might have had slightly too much to drink and Reid drives her home. The flirty banter that began earlier that evening between Millie and Reid seems like an invitation, a challenge to see if, perhaps, there is something more to their friendship to investigate. A somewhat steamy half-night stand ensues, followed by the internal questioning of what-have-we-done? Not that they regret it, but it is probably best not to share what happened on this night. And then there is news that the university event is going to be black tie, and they all realize they need to find dates. Eventually online dating becomes the option they decide to try, and things begin to get complicated. This was sweet and fun, a little predictable, but overall a nice, light romantic comedy. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Gallery Books - Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Catherine1979 11 months ago
Another great book from these two, I absolutely loved it. It is full of emotions and laughter. The characters were amazing, I truly loved them all. Reid and Millie have been best friends for the last two years and suddenly they find themselves attracted to one another. The progress of their relationship is like a slow burn and towards the end full of emotional turmoil. I can't wait to read more from these two.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I was really hoping for Millie and Reid to end up together in My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren. ( no spoilers, I’m not telling) I received an arc of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a review. Millie and Reid are part of a group of friends that work in academia and need dates for a school function. It is a funny, but so often true, commentary on how dating has changed for young adults. I laughed out loud at much of this book, but cared what happened to these likeable characters.
emabubby 11 months ago
This is a cute story about Millie Morris a gall who is just one of the guys and has a lot of trouble with intimacy. When Millie and the guys get invited to a black tie university gala they all decide to try online dating to procure a date for the function. The guys are successful but Mille only was offered a bunch of losers. In the meanwhile, one of the guys Reid Campbell and Mille share a hot half-night together but because Millie and Reed are afraid of losing the BFF relationship they decide to keep their relationship strictly platonic. This is a really cute romantic comedy is definitely worth reading. It is a delightful book. I received this book from the NetGallery and I am freely posting this fair and balanced review.
csmmom 11 months ago
This was my first read from the author duo that goes by the pen name Christina Lauren and I had a blast reading it. It was the perfect mix of fun and romance. It was exactly what I needed to read as a refresher in between the other books I had been reading. The writing style of these two authors flows perfectly and you can’t tell that it is not written by one person. The relationships in this story were down to earth and sweet and not over the top cliche. I will definitely pick up another book by them when I need to read a good contemporary.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I am a huge of Christina Lauren's books and I I know never disappointed in their books, this one included. The character Millie is hilarious and makes me think I want her to be my friend as well the rest of her group of guy friends. This is such a light hearted read and the characters are fun and dynamic. You will love them all start to finish. Good job CLO. :)
lenorewastaken 11 months ago
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4.5 stars — This book was just really endearing. I laughed a lot, but I also felt a lot, and it made me think about myself a lot…which in my opinion makes for a pretty great book. I had a hard time with our heroine, Millie, but I loved her all the same. What’s weird is that while I had a hard time with her, I also empathized a lot with her struggles and how her childhood loss affected her. I have this strange balance of too many emotions over fictional things, and not enough emotions over real life things. There was a moment in the book where she talks about after you’ve gone through this huge a tragedy, nothing else seems big enough. I get that. I feel that. I still wanted her to do better though. But I do understand distancing yourself from loved ones to protect against another huge loss. So yeah, I guess I found her fascinating. Even the way she interacted with friends, constantly diverting attention back to them…wow. I’m like 50% Millie I think. Just without the smarts and fascination with serial killers. I think it’s weird how you can be frustrated with a character, and the choices they’re making and how they’re hurting the other main character, but still understand how they got there, even if you’d like to believe you would have chosen differently. Reid was absolutely adorable, if a little clueless. But I loved that he was the genuinely caring, cuddly person in the relationship (another real life similarity?). I loved how much he loved his family. I grew frustrated with him too, because he got frustrated with Millie, but I felt like his expectations were unrealistic at times. They had such a weird relationship…it’s not often you read a friends to lovers story where they mostly didn’t see each other as more (at least consciously) until sex was on the table. What a strange twist. Fantastic chemistry right from the start, both in friendship and steamy-wise. My heart hurt for them. There is a part of me that felt like the ending was longer than necessary, but I can’t get into details without giving away spoilers. The true star of this story was actually the whole group of 5 friends. They were all so different, but they melded together into their friend group just so seamlessly. I could honestly picture them all, and I loved how they genuinely cared for one another, even if a lot of their interactions were pretty light. I also loved that we got glimpses of depth in a lot of these secondary characters… My heart particularly went out to Ed. I just really wanted to hug him. And the funny thing is, while I would always enjoy a book about any of the 3 other friends, it was kind of nice that I didn’t feel I needed one. I felt like I could be confident in their happiness. On a side note, I actually loved the way all the group chats were laid out…that’s something not a lot of books make super clear, and it was really cutely formatted in this one. So yeah. This is a kind of weird rambly review…not that that’s new. I was sucked into this one from the first page, and invested until the end.