My Favorite Half-Night Stand – Published 2018
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.” – Goodreads
OKAY, I LOVE THIS BOOK! I read it yesterday, as in just powered through reading an entire book in one day. And while that might not sound that impressive, let me remind you that I have two young kids. This has some of my favorite tropes: online dating, friends to lovers, “one of the guys” girl of the group…swoon.
You may also remember that I’m a sucker for a book with a good friends group, and OMG this group. They’re hilarious, they roast one another, they love one another fiercely, and I love them. Their group chats had me laughing so hard. This group of guys (+Millie) decide they need dates for commencement because Obama is going to be there. So, naturally, they turn to an online dating app to find dates for said event.
I loved both Reid and Millie’s POVs, especially because Reid is so open about his emotions and straightforward. He doesn’t hold back for fear that his friends will make fun of him, he doesn’t play games when it comes to Millie, he’s just completely honest. Millie, however, struggles to show her emotions because of how she learned to cope as a child after the death of her mother. They also have extreme chemistry that I absolutely loved.
This book came at just the right time for me, having just finished a couple of heavier reads. This one is funny, light, a little steamy, and wonderful. 10/10 would recommend.