Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Humor, Romance
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.
I thought this was the perfect short, fun, and quirky novel. The portrayal of the online dating scene was pretty spot on. Men are much more likely to experience real connections while women and inundated with [unsolicited] dick picks and crude behavior.
Millie and Reid’s relationship is the classic trope of friends to lovers with the added bonus of a larger friend group of which, Millie is the only female. [I personally think this is the perfect set up to a series in which all of the friends in the group find love, but don’t @ me].
My Favorite Half-Night Stand was full of moments that made me giggle, grin, and full-on belly laugh.
Although there was a lot of humor throughout the story, there was a bit of introspection as well. Millie is known to never show her cards, even with her best friends. After knowing her for years, her friends still only know surface level information about her and her life. Her father is sick and she doesn’t even share this with her closest friends. Through the journey, Millie is forced to confront the fact that she has closed herself off from the rest of the world and maybe that plays into the reason she’s been unable to make a romantic connection with anyone.
The aspect of strong friendships really made me enjoy this book. Millie’s friends confront her about her lack of openness and how she’s not fair in her friendship. I think this is a critical element of the story and a huge reason why friends are important. Good friends that love you and want the best for you are willing to tell you the hard things that you need to hear and they challenge you to be the best version of yourself. I don’t think Millie would have made it to that realization without a nudge from her friends.
Have you read My Favorite Half-Night Stand? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!