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My Favorite Half-Night Stand

Written by: Christina Lauren
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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From the New York Times best-selling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating and its many, many fails. 

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

©2018 Christina Lauren (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-05

What Can I Say

I know it isn't fair but every book I listen to by Christina Lauren I end up comparing it to their Sweet Filthy Boy. And because of that I can't give My Favorite Half-Night Stand five stars. It is a good book but it isn't their best. It has all the right ingredients. Snappy dialog, likable characters, decent story line, HEA ending, but it never really made me emotionally invest in them. The female narrator is good and the male narrator is to a lessor extent. As I said it may not be their best work, but it was still worth the credit.

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  • AlexS
  • 2019-01-09

Just ok

I had a hard time finishing this book. The story went on and on, and was not very interesting. The male narrator had an irritating, nasal quality to his voice that I found really distracting. Overall, I felt relieved when it was over and I wish I hadn’t purchased it.

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  • N. Newhouse
  • La Plata, MD
  • 2018-12-10

I don't know how I feel about that...

So, first let me start by saying I LOVE the authors of this book and I have been a fan since the beginning. This book had me conflicted and I am still not really sure how I feel about that.

It is basically a case of mistaken identity, keeping secrets too long, missed opportunities, etc. In the end, the blame game is where I became really conflicted. I was angry on her behalf, then I was angry on his behalf...then I was upset with her, then I was upset with him. Still, I am not sure how I feel the events.

That is what I love about the authors though.I believe a sign of a good book is the hangover that it gives you after you have finished it. And I have a massive hangover from this one. This book is going to stay with me for a long time just because I still have conflicting emotions regards to the characters and their actions.

Worth a credit!

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  • Lynell S. Hodge (Weekend Reader)
  • 2018-12-06

Online dating with friends!

If you love the friends to lovers trip pick up this novel. It's a quick read with a little bit of drama and lot of steamy sex.

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  • R. Cornelius
  • 2018-12-17

Female narrator was not great

I liked the story and the male narrator was fine. The female narrator though, I’m having a hard time trying to describe what she sounded like. She would draw out her vowels with this weird drawl that made her sound like an odd older woman, but she was supposed to be 29? I was very confused. I don’t want to be mean, but it was really distracting.

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  • Tereia S. Joe
  • 2019-02-13

LOVED!

I absolutely LOVED the way this book went back and forth. normally the books go back and forth through different timeframes and you have to keep up which I really dislike but this communication back and forth was wonderful one person picking up where the other left off brilliant! and once again I am a softie for romance and happy endings which I really believe this was. 10 stars did I say I loved this story well I did so thanks :)

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  • Dani
  • 2019-02-11

Another cute story from Christina Lauren!

I have to start off this review with how I start off all of the Christina Lauren reviews—I. Love. These. Girls. As far as romance novels go, Christina and Lauren and the top of the food chain for me. They know how to do sexy. They know how to do sweet. They know how to do quirky and how to do strong and powerful.

In My Favorite Half-Night Stand, they tackle the setting of higher education, the trial and error of online dating, the trope of best friends falling in love and create a main character that is emotional-stunted.

Overall, with the pieces they’ve chosen to work with, the book is a good one. I love all of the male characters and their relationship with the main female character, Millie. I enjoyed the dual perspectives of both Reed and Millie.
As a newly single woman who is going to have to attempt the nightmare that is online dating sooner or later, for the very first time, I absolutely loved seeing a group of academics (which I also identify with) go on this journey. The setting and relational dynamics were awesome and the writing quality was out of this world—as per usual with any Christina Lauren novel.

This will be my 5th Christina Lauren book and I have to say, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I have the other novels I’ve read (Beautiful Bastard, Sweet Filthy Boy, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide...). My main issue was Millie, for two reasons. 1) Her emotionally-closed off personality 2) Her Catfishing.

In retrospect, I appreciate her personal obstacle of being emotional closed-off/stunted. I appreciate it, because it’s real. It’s hard to let people in, especially in regards to deeply personal topics. I also immensely appreciate Christina Lauren’s pro-counseling nugget they put at the end there.
That being said, while I was reading the story, I had a hard time connecting with Millie because she was having a hard time connecting with anyone and everyone in her life. This ended up making me enjoy the book a bit less than the others. I loved her humor and wit, but couldn’t connect with her on an intimate/emotional level like I could with Reed (which makes sense with her internal conflict/turmoil).
My second thing with Millie that cause me to not enjoy the book as much was the Catfishing. I know we are all flawed individuals. I know as imperfect beings, we make mistakes. I just really hated her Catfishing mistake and it was hard to give her sympathy in the situation she created for herself. The situation caused me to lose respect for her.

In total, this book is cute, well-written, and has great relational dynamics and dialogue. It’s just not one of my Christina Lauren favorites.

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  • Stephanie Ek
  • 2019-01-30

High school story

This book reminds me of a high school romance written by a high schooler. The voice bugged me. 2 thumbs down

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  • K. Paez
  • Ewa Beach, HI
  • 2019-01-29

so glad that's over

it's been a long time since I wanted a book to end this badly. the story is basic and predictable. I did not like the narrators.

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  • Grandma of 13
  • Winnetka, IL USA
  • 2019-01-26

Okay.

Story was entertaining enough. Female narrator was irritating. Overall, I’d say it was okay. Not great but okay.