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My Favorite Half-Night Stand

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Thoroughly enjoyable best friend turned love romance. I particularly enjoyed the Central California setting.

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A pleasing romance read featuring five friends from the world of academia. The friendship of the characters was nice, and provided a lot of laughs. Fans of "chick lit" will enjoy this.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I would say it’s a mixture of romantic comedy with a bit of friendship mixed in. I loved the bantering among the characters. They were funny down to earth people. Definitely would read Christina Lauren again .

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Okay so at this point I would read Christina Laurens grocery list. I've been a fan for awhile but somehow they keep getting better and better. I loved Josh & Hazel but this book was EVEN better. I fell in love with this quirky group of friends. Their banter and conversations were hilarious. I was laughing out loud for most of the book. Millie was a phenomenal main character. She was guarded and flawed but girl was HILARIOUS. Seriously this is level of snark I aspire to be. I don't agree with all her decisions in this book but I loved her regard less. Okay, so Reid, despite his douche name, was amazing. I loved him. TOTALLY swoon worthy! Millie and Reid's chemistry was threw the roof. I loved it. I can't say enough about how much I loved My Favorite Half-Night Stand. It might be my new favorite Christina Lauren book, but I say that every time I finish one of their books.

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The fact that I have been able to read THREE new books by Christina Lauren (and fall in love with each) just this year makes my heart incredibly happy. Once again, the main couple was very easy to fall in love with along with their group of friends. Oh. My. Gosh. I adore when a book or series has a group of secondary characters that you end up loving just as much as the main characters. Ed, Chris, and Alex were so funny and likeable that I wouldn’t have minded if each of them had gotten their own book, tbh! Along those lines, can we just talk about how amazing the banter was in this book (and let’s face it—is in all of their books)?! I was cackling out loud to myself on multiple occasions. My husband kept having to ask me why and then I would annoy him by saying “oh nothing, just this book I’m reading.” Sorry, Kyle!

The only thing that had me initially worried was the trope of one of the MCs lying about something and then the fallout that is sure to follow when the truth comes out. Depending on how big the blowup is, and how it’s resolved really impacts my view of the book drastically. It if isn’t handled well, it could take what was a five star book down to a three. It’s happened enough before that when I run into a book that has a similar situation, I get extremely nervous.

Judging by my rating I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I was okay with how things panned out. Millie got herself into a bit of a tricky situation but it was one that was understandable. Her mom died when she was fairly young so she basically had to help raise her sister. Because her father kind of withdrew and she had to mature a lot faster than any child should, she got used to suppressing her feelings. She kept them deep inside because who was she going to tell her problems to? Not her barely-keeping-afloat dad or baby sister that’s for sure. All of those years of keeping quiet led to an adult who still couldn’t talking about feelings. After she made her profile in IRL she found that she could suddenly express things that she had never been able to before, ironically enough, in real life. Of course by the end of the book she learns from her mistake and has her HEA. OF COURSE. And Reid. BBF material x100.

~Also, you better believe I have a TON of quotes to add later on.

Huge thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book!

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OH MY GOODNESS I laughed all through this book.
I especially liked the "Group Messages"
You wont want to put this one down once you start it.
It took a couple of chapters before I really got to laughing with and at the characters.
Nice read and a great way to spend a chilly afternoon.

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Loved it! I've read Christina Lauren before, and this is my favorite! I laughed out loud on several occasions as this book brought all the awkwardness and humor that comes with online dating and falling for a friend. I enjoyed how the authors play with format and allow the readers to experience the characters' texts and chats in real-time. Millie and Reid's story, enhanced by the dynamics of their circle of friends and families, was charming. I definitely recommend this book!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC!

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Wow, this was good! Considering how ambivalent I was about Dating You/Hating You and how I wished for more character development in Roomies, this book really nailed a good romance for me. Great characters, laugh out loud scenes, true emotional depth. The back and forth chapters were fresh, as were the texts. I appreciate when a story can explain enough about the character’s reluctance to see love staring in their face-this one did just that in an honest, believable way.

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Easy to recommend this contemporary romance by Christina Lauren. This soon-to-be Released romcom has a very “You’ve Gof Mail” vibe as best friends Milly and Reid secretly discover they are also 98% compatible on a dating app. Christina Lauren writes steamy romance but backed up with thoughtful and emotive character driven plots and believable dialog. Engaging and provocative from the first page. (And the mention of Bellingham and Seattle thrilled this reader from the PNW!)

Read in one sitting from a netGalley arc. I assume the few punctuation errors will be corrected by show time—but nothing that took away from the overall enjoyment of this book. Well done!

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This dynamic writing duo Christina Lauren is phenomenal and only seems to get better with each published book. Their recent books themes are all about dating, Roomies, Hazels and Josh's Guide to Not Dating and My Favorite Half-Night Stand, is by far the funniest of the three.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand has all the feels, hilarious, emotional, sad, angry, and a comedy of errors which entail catfishing. Maybe this story hits home for me since I met my now husband online during a time when internet dating was evolving and you weren't sure what was really happening and taking a risk was scary as hell. Christina Lauren has a way of writing that brings the reader into the story, sucks you into the drama and before you know it the book is completed and your like smiling and thinking about all the scenarios that are like your own life, only deeper with real-life issues at the forefront. Plus they introduce you to new words and phrases like half -night stand, who knew! If your looking for a great hilarious story, look no further!

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I loved this book from start to finish! I really identified with one of the main characters Millie. She is a professor of criminology, has four male best friends, and has a hard time opening up and sharing her feelings with anyone.

Christina Lauren sure knows how to write a love interest that is swoon worthy. Reid is the sweet, smart, and gorgeous guy that you wish is not just a fictional character! Their friends Ed, Chris, and Alex are hilarious, and their friendship is one of my favorite things in this book. Their friendship is what others hope to find and have!

This is the type of book that you cannot put down because you have to find out what will happen next. Online dating can be tough, but it is even more difficult when you find yourself falling for your best friend, who does not know you are actually the girl he has been messaging. Sometimes it is easier to really open up to someone through a screen, then to their face and this is especially true when it comes to Millie.

Overall, this is another must read romance by Christina Lauren! I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an entertaining and relatable romance. It is witty, fun, and you will devour it in one sitting because these characters really have a way of drawing you in.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book early!

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I really liked this book. It had its humorous moments but I would classify this more as a contemporary romance. There’s a ton of heart and extremely deep characters. You aren’t going to get a lighthearted rom com here but stick with it. It’s truly great!

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I really didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Especially since I loved and 5 starred Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. Mainly it had to do with how the story progressed.

We have Millie and Reid who are our main characters. They have been friends for a few years and they also have a close group of friends who do everything together. Honestly, my main love of this book was the friendship between the group.

Moving on to Millie and Reid. I have to say that I really didn’t feel a drop of chemistry between these two. I believe they cared for each other and as friends, but not romantically. Even when they had sex for the first time, I just didn’t feel it. The whole catfishing aspect was just not a good plot for me. Millie would honestly get mad at Reid for sleeping with her and messaging other women. She had so many opportunities to tell him it was her.

Digging a little deeper here, I never really understood Millie to be honest. These guys loved her and considered her part of their group. Why in the hell did she never tell people anything about her? She really thought she could love Reid and have a relationship with him even though she never opened up.

Now I’m not saying that this was a terrible read. I did give it three stars. It was funny and I loved the friendship between the group. It just didn’t win me over. If you love Christina Lauren books then I’m sure you will most likely love this one as well. So just take my review with a grain of salt. I’m probably just being over critical.

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One of the best romance books I’ve read in a while. Funny, sharp, great chemistry, and interesting cast of characters. This was a fast read and very hard to put down. Christina Lauren may be one of my new favorite authors.

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Another sexy, romantic hit. I see myself in Millie. You can tell that there must've been some research on online dating.
Definitely recommend this to customers.

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I love a good story about friendship, family, and love, and this one did not disappoint. Millie and the boys are all kind of emotionally stunted academics who need to get out of their comfort zone. When they all sign up for a new dating app, IRL, they realize how much Millie and her friends want this.

The crux of this book is about Millie and Reid. Their friendship, the benefits, and the lack of honesty and emotional maturity. It was refreshing to see characters that are aware of their flaws, and are forced to change their ways. I loved the easy banter between Millie and the boys! This is a must read for anyone who loves friends to lovers!

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What a fabulous book. The characters are all quirky and loveable, and their personalities are so genuine and realistic. Millie and her 4 male friends (Reid, Chris, Ed and Alex) are all university colleagues, brainy and geeky (but only in the best possible way). The five of them need dates for a university function and as is so true in today's world, it's really hard to meet potential romantic interests -- especially when you work in a somewhat closed community and tend to be introverts. The five of these friends have wonderful interactions with each other that keep you laughing and turning the page. When they decide to try a dating app, their experiences are amusing and tender all at the same time. When the guys tell Millie her profile is too uptight, she creates a second one that really shows her inner self and ends up matched with her best friend Reid. As the story unfold, Millie reveals more and more of her deeper feelings as her alter-ego profile, Catherine. Reid has already fallen for Millie, but is frustrated with her need to keep herself closed off. Catherine is the flip of Millie, pouring out her deepest feelings and fears via the internet. As is typical with many introverts, it is easier for Millie to write about her feelings than it is to discuss them face to face. When Reid discovers that Catherine and Millie are the same person, he is justifiably upset that Millie doesn't feel she can truly open herself up to him. As the story unfolds, the journey to the two of them getting together--yet still maintaining an outstanding relationship with the other three guys in their group is heartwarming. This is definitely a read recommend -- entertaining and poignant!

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Really enjoyed Mills' personal growth. The dynamics of the friend group was enaging and felt real. The development of Reid and Mills' friend to lovers relationship was relatable which made it more rewarding to read.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

I love Christina Lauren's other books, particularly Roomies, so I was super excited to receive this ARC.

This story centers around online dating, which felt timely since I and so many friends have done the whole online dating thing. What I loved about this story was that we got to see the dating app thing from both sides - we see Reid having the easiest time and getting all these great matches, while at the same time Millie is getting dick picks and guys asking for nudes (TYPICAL). I also really loved that Reid as a character was complex and felt real; often, men are written on one end or the other (either super, overly emotional the way most men aren't, or too far towards the stereotypical frat bro), so I was happy to see a man that seemed honest, real, and more than two dimensional.

No spoilers, but I really enjoyed watching the relationships in this story develop. It felt like something we've all either been through or seen happen (friend group is shattered by two of the friends having ex and/or dating, and then the friends have to pick a side). It also felt like a good mix of perspectives - while I felt like I got to know both Reid and Millie well, I appreciated that it didn't seem to linger too far on either perspective.

My only wish is that we got more about what happens AFTER - I love a good ending, but I really love a little extra. Would recommend for a light day of reading!

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I have never read a bad book by this fabulous duo! Christina Lauren writes funny, steamy, cute, emotion filled stories that I just cannot get enough of. This friends to lovers story just may be my favorite one yet. Each book is better than the last.

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