Review: The Kiss Quotient, by @HHoangWrites

Title: The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)
Author: Helen Hoang
Rating: 5/5 stars

“A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…” (description from Goodreads)

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I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book since it came out last year. Now that I’ve read it myself, I can see what other people loved about it. And I can’t wait until the next book comes out in a few months.

I’m glad there are authors like Helen Hoang getting books out to readers. This book had so much in it that I haven’t found in other romances before. More diverse books are starting to hit shelves, but I feel that The Kiss Quotient is set apart from my recent reading list in many ways. In this book Hoang created a heroine with Aspergers trying to navigate the dating world. I loved Stella’s character and getting inside her head a bit in the various situations she’s in throughout the book. I feel that I could easily relate to the thoughts going through her head much of the time.

Michael was also a great character. He’s a Vietnamese-Swedish male escort/clothing designer. That’s a lot right? Michael is a great guy and I couldn’t picture anyone else being good enough to help out Stella in the ways that he did. While I’m sure it’s been done before, the escort/client fake relationship was a new twist on the fake relationship trope for me. Made me more of a sucker for the trope with the way Hoang wrote the book.

The Bride Test is the next book in this series and I’m going to devour it when it’s released. I’m expecting great things from Hoang after reading The Kiss Quotient. (No pressure Helen!)fancy lineresize

You can buy this book from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT.

She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.

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