Christina Lauren, Contemporary Romance, Fly Girl Review, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Netgalley, Release, romantic comedy
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.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Of the books I’ve read in the last couple of weeks, this one has risen to the top with a couple of others. I’ve been knee deep in reading, so for me to say it has risen up with a couple of others to the top that is impressive. I think I’m on book 10 in the last 2 weeks. So, this story is a cute romantic comedy with just enough angst to keep you reading and to feel reel.
The group of friends are quite crazy, but low key at the same time. They all love each other unconditionally and even when they act stupid they are quickly forgiven, except in this one case. The case of Reid and Mills’ romance. They all bungle this one. I know you want to know how all of the friends could bungle a romance between two people, I did too. Christina Lauren flawlessly write a romance for two with pieces of all five friends involved in it. Some of them give bad advice, while some just project their own dating insecurities on the couple. And Millie really does screw up because she lets her pride get in the way of the best thing to happen to her. Forgiveness for everyone takes a while to happen, but Reid really is a good guy. So, in the end there is a HEA and maybe foreshadowing for the next friend’s romance.
I’m pretty sure we will see more from this group of friends as they each navigate their own dating stories. Each friend is so unique it will be fun to watch them grow and see the ladies Christina Lauren bring into the mix. So until next time this one is definitely a winner. I’ll be back later this week with another review, keep me in your prayers as I try to get through this mountain of books I have left before New Years!!!
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Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly starred My Favorite Half-Night Stand, out in December.
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She grew up in Utah and is absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 17 year old (right??), thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter.