Piatkus Books (an imprint of Little Brown) 21st November 2019
Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A professor at a respected university, she’s great at witty backchat but terrible at getting personal. Like her four best male friends, she’s perma-single. So when a university function turns into a black tie gala, they all make a pact to join an online dating service and find plus-ones. There’s just one hitch, after making the pact, Millie and one of their group, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, before deciding the friendship is better off strictly platonic.
But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with dream dates, Millie’s profile attracts nothing but creeps. So she invents an alter ego in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. But when Reid and her alter ego hit it off, Millie finds herself struggling to resist temptation – both online and off. Soon Millie will have to face her worst fear – intimacy – or risk losing her best friend forever.
Firstly thank you to Francesca Banks at Little Brown UK for sending me a copy of this book. I previously enjoyed Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and you can read my review for that book here.
My Favourite Half – Night Stand is a contemporary romantic comedy, incorporating the world of on line dating. A highly entertaining read, Millie is a strong main character, well developed and likeable. Emotionally screwed up she needs to address her issues in order to secure her love. This book is about a group of academics, Millie and her friends all work at the university and in this way the authors have created a parallel student universe – with older than average students, but only marginally more mature!
The book follows a rather predictable plot but that in no way detracts from the entertainment of the story. Written in alternating points of view of Millie and Reid, we witness the mistakes and misunderstandings from both sides while being privy to their innermost thoughts and feelings. The supporting cast are all engaging characters and the end result is an enjoyable read. Light and easy, funny in some parts, sad in others – I was surprised to find myself tearing up on occasions. Exactly what I would hope for and expect in a novel in the romantic comedy genre.
Will you be reading this book, it publishes today so no wait required to get your hands on a copy!
About the Authors
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners / besties / soulmates and brain – twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series and various standalone romances.