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review 2018-07-26 14:52
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I’ve been hearing good things about this book lately and after a pretty epic read I needed something light and fluffy. The Guardian book review section mentioned it and since they’ve always been accurate in the past, I dived in.

 

The Kiss Quotient is about a thirty-year-old woman called Stella who’s an econometrist. She’s a whizz where math is concerned, but when it comes to social interactions she has difficulty, namely due to her Autism. When her mother suggests she gets a boyfriend, mainly due to the intrinsic desire to have grandchildren, Stella employs an escort to teach her how to perform in the bedroom. She hasn’t had any decent sexual experiences in the past and thinks he can help.

 

The escort she employs is Michael, a Vietnamese man who's escorting in order to pay for his mother’s medical bills. The very fact of why he’s escorting was a bit clique. It’d be a change to read about someone who just did escorting because they liked sex or something, but anyway.

 

From this point on the novel works in alternate sections, sometimes from Michael’s perspective, sometimes Stella’s. This worked and kept the narrative from becoming stale.

The book as a whole was well enough written, if not stylistically unique. There were very few descriptive passages outside of the bedroom, of which there was a lot. I’m somewhat of a minority here when I say it was too much. There were continual sex scenes when what I really wanted was plot. However, I did know what I was getting into with this, so that’s really my fault.

 

There wasn’t much plot and what there was was predictable, if entertaining. If you want a sexy summer read this would definitely do it for you. There just wasn’t enough substance for me.

 

The best element was how Autism was handled, so it gets an extra half-star for that.

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text 2018-07-21 10:42
Reading progress update: I've read 86%.
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

Finishing this off with a cup of tea. I love Saturday mornings.

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text 2018-07-13 20:38
Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I've heard so many good things about this book that I added it to mount TBR a few weeks ago. Then when I was reading the guardian book review section yesterday and saw it, I decided to start it at the first opportunity. After the epic that was North and South, I can see this being a fast read, which is exactly what I need to balance things out.

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review 2018-06-10 17:20
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) by Helen Hoang 4 Star Review!
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

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...

 

Review

 

Quirky? Neurodivergent? Diverse cast? Super smart heroine? Kind hero? I am in.

This is a ROMANCE novel with the over the top sexual tutoring and escort trope but outside that glitter is a lovely, funny romance of family and falling in love. 

Micheal is a kind hero and Stella blooms here though she has always been her own flower. 

Stella's sexual issues don't really stem from her Autism but rather really bad partners in the past. However, her brain works differently and we get to see the the joy and struggles that take place in social setting in this in our own voices novel. 

Micheal has a large complex family and all the joys and struggles that go with it. I hope we see the rest of the books in this series set amid his clan.

The writing is crisp, fun, and moving. I read this debut book in one setting and am very excited to see what comes next from Helen Hoang.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!

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review 2018-06-05 03:36
Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

The Kiss Quotient is a lovely romance that is by turns sexy and sweet. Helen Hoang’s imaginative spin on Pretty Woman charmed me thanks to its wonderfully unique characters. Stella captured my interest from the first. She’s a brilliant econometrician and her honest love and joy for her work was endearing. But Stella is also deeply vulnerable in ways that broke my heart. She feels her Asperger’s impedes her love life and she worries that she will never be good at relationships. Thus Stella embarks on a quest to become better at sex and relationships by hiring an escort to teach her what she wants to know. Michael is the perfect mix of sweetness and sensuality; definitely a swoon-worthy hero. He’s kind, loving, patient, and he sees Stella for the wonderful woman that she is. I really liked that Michael had his own vulnerabilities as well, though I feel like it’d spoil the story a bit to give away his background and his reasons for becoming an escort.

The attraction between Michael and Stella is instantaneous and the sexual tension was fun to watch build. But the best part of the story (for me) was watching Stella and Michael learn more about one another. Ms. Hoang isn’t afraid to let her characters be flawed and their lives messy and that’s what truly makes The Kiss Quotient special. There’s a level of emotional honesty and realism mixed into the fantasy that really captured my attention and had me rooting for Stella and Michael.

Stella and Michael are the heart of The Kiss Quotient, but it’d be shameful if I didn’t mention Michael’s wonderful family. His sisters and cousins are all vibrant characters and the only downside of meeting them is I desperately want their stories (especially Quan’s). I finished The Kiss Quotient a well-satisfied reader, but I cannot wait to see what Ms. Hoang has in store for Michael’s cousin Khai in The Bride Test.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/06/review-kiss-quotient-by-helen-hoang.html
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