Release date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary 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 only recently discovered CL when I read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating so I’ve been so looking forward to reading another one of their books mainly to see if I would love it just as much, or if it was just a one off. So thrilled to report that I absolutely adored this one just as much and will now read anything this dynamic duo puts out!
One thing I’ve noticed about CL books now is that while the tropes they use may seem like old news the way they execute is anything but. Their books have such a modern and fresh feel to them, totally hip and current feeling and what I can only assume is a very accurate look at the world of dating today. Millie and Reid are the best of friends who have never crossed the line into more than friends, mostly due to Millie being totally afraid of intimacy and going “deep” with pretty much any one. While I really liked them both, Millie was my fave, she’s a little quirky with an amazing sense of humor, truly one of the guys which is so my type of girl.
The world of online dating is totally terrifying to me, I can’t even imagine trying to navigate it and this book had plenty of hilarious moments based on dating apps alone. I also liked that this one focused on a whole group of friends, the super tight knit kind who give each other a hard time but also have each other’s backs no matter what. This was sexy and sweet, a combination that always slays me and left me feeling happy and light!
My Favorite Half Night Stand in three words: Saucy, Funny and Cute.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.