I have a really hit and miss relationship with Christina Lauren books and My Favourite Half-Night Stand feel more on the miss side than I was hoping for unfortunately.
In My Favourite Half-Night Stand we meet Millie, and her group of friends, all male who work at the same university. Millie is a serial killer expert who after the death of her mother has completely closed herself off, even to her best friends.
“I’m lonely. I’m lonely because I don’t tell people what I need or what I want, and then get hurt when they don’t figure it out on their own.”
After getting a little tipsy and admiring one of her friends, Reid stack a dishwasher (ooo sexy… but actually men who clean up, I’m here for it), they end up in bed for a “half-night stand”, aka no sleeping over.
Millie and Reid decide it’s never happening again and all goes along as it was until group of friends, invited to a fancy university ball, decide to sign up to a dating app to find dates. Doing it together gives them confidence and soon they are all reviewing and helping each other with their bios. When they all trash Millie’s for being bad and impersonal she decides to rewrite it letting herself be ore vulnerable by using a fake name and vague photo of her neck.
CUE the catfishing. Predictably Millie matches with Reid and with her new veiled identity Millie finds she can finally open up and gets sucked into an intense connection with Reid and a web of lies.
My main issue with this book and probably the only reason I knocked off a couple of stars was the catfishing. Honestly, it was a pretty shitty thing to do, and adding to the fact that Millie was also his best friend and already in somewhat of a confusing sexual relationship with him, it was just so unfair.
“How many mistakes does it take before you’re bad? Does it start with a little white lie, and slowly progress to fraud . . . and worse? Does it matter if you do the wrong thing for the right reason?”
Here he is talking to Millie, about Millie, without even realising it, and she’s just living it up having her cake and eating it too. Her motives initially are surrounding her difficulties with being vulnerable but very quickly turn to jealousy when Reid starts to choose another profile over Millie’s alter ego, she sucks him in with not enough remorse in my opinion, continues to get jealous that there are other girls he’s considering, then instead of telling him when she decided to end it, she plans on ghosting him.
It just wasn’t very pleasant to read knowing I would be absolutely mortified in Reid’s situation.
“Sometimes, the thing we want is right in front of us, and we’re the last ones to see it.”
In saying all this, where we went after the “complication” of Millie’s secret being revealed was nicely done. There was no brush off of how serious the betrayal was and it realistic how our lovers came back together so that somewhat redeemed it for me.
If you don’t think the catfishing would bother you that much, I think you’ll be in for a very pleasant read! I liked the writing and the witty banter back and fourth between the friends. Even if it was under false pretences once Millie opened up the relationship between her and Reid was nicely done, I’m a sucker for best friends to lovers romances so that part I was enjoying and able to give three stars.
Here’s hoping my next Christina Lauren book is a hit!