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...
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!
I think this one is my favorite of the series so far. Everything seems to have come together well for a great story; strong characters, complex conflict, highs and lows, strong dialogue, and great adventure. It lacked some of the weaknesses I found in the character development of book one, The Crusader's Bride, and though I enjoyed book two, The Crusader's Heart, this one just seemed to be a stronger well rounded story with the elements that make for a great romance. I enjoyed it a lot. I loved how strong Anna was, how noble and honorable Bartholomew was, how well they worked together, and their story was so enjoyable and entertaining. The villain was strong, the conflict was believable and was a good match for the two main characters. They really had to work together to overcome their obstacles. Definitely a very enjoyable story with all of the aspects I look for in a epic romance. So good!
A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
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.