I think I fell into the hole of, “I hope really great writing can make me get over a trope I hate.” Please note, this does not work, or at least it didn’t work for me while reading this book. That being said, I can see why Christina Lauren has so many fans. MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND is about a group of friends all looking for dates for a benefit. The hero and heroine are two members of this group who slept together once and are now trying to stay “just friends” while helping each other find dates. Oh, and the heroine is catfishing the hero on a dating site. YUP.
To start with what I liked: I adored, absolutely adored, the banter in this book between the nerdy professor group. The running rooster jokes, the distinct personalities, and their instant messaging exchanges kept me laughing. I wish that this was actually a series and each of the group members got their own books.
Unfortunately, the witty banter, the snappy dialogue, and the fun characters couldn’t overcome the fact that I disliked Millie, the heroine. Ok, I didn’t hate her, per se, but I did not connect with her, and her actions baffled me. A grown, professional woman making some of the choices she did… it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around it. I felt like her actions were being explained ad nauseam because even the authors knew that what she was doing was awful and inexcusable. I liked Reid, he was a nice guy, but I think he apologized or made excuses for Millie too often.
Overall, this was a tough one for me to rate. I honestly think I would have liked this book better if their group had stayed friends and Millie found someone else. Preferably someone she wasn’t lying to. But since that wasn’t the story or the plot, I was just ok with the book.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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