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review 2019-01-16 12:36
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I thought that this was really good. I have had a copy of this book for some time but never picked it up despite the fact that other readers have been raving about it. I wanted to read the book but I just couldn't seem to work it into my reading schedule so when the audiobook went on sale recently, I jumped on it. Sometimes, it is just easier to work an audiobook into my reading schedule and I have to say that the narration added to my enjoyment of this wonderful little story.

I wrongly assumed that this would be a sweet and rather tame romance largely because of the cover. Boy, was I ever wrong! The story may have had its sweet moments but this is not a tame romance. This was pretty steamy and there were a lot more sex scenes than I would have guessed. I don't mind romances with a lot of heat and rather enjoy them in most cases so the fact that my assumption was wrong didn't make a difference to me but I thought I would mention the fact to other readers.

Stella has Asperger's and sometimes looks at the world a little different than others. She excels at her profession as an econometrician but knows that she has a few things to learn when it comes to sex. She decides that the best course of action is to hire a professional to teach her what she needs to know which is where Michael enters the picture. Michael is not proud of his job as an escort but he is resigned to doing what his family needs him to do. He has a one date rule for his clients until he meets Stella and agrees to help her with her lessons.

I really liked getting the opportunity to be in Stella's head. I loved the way she described everything and her internal monologue provided a lot of insight to the reader. She tries to break everything down into logical steps but is really unsure about a lot of things. Michael's character was just as interesting. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of his family. He really was a great guy and I loved how he was with Stella. He thought highly of her and thought others should as well. He seemed to know just what she needed.

I had a great time watching these two fall for each other. They had such great chemistry with each other but they also seemed to be able to see everything good about each other. They didn't hold anything against each other. Michael didn't care about Stella's labels and Stella didn't care about Michael's history. They instead saw what kind of person the other was.

Carly Robins did a fantastic job with the narration of this audiobook. I think that her performance really helped to bring the story to life for me. I think that she captured the personalities of both Stella and Michael and brought a lot of emotion into the reading. She had a very pleasant reading voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a great romance with wonderful characters that made me laugh and touched my heart. I look forward to reading whatever Helen Hoang comes up with next!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via Bookish First and purchased a copy of the audiobook.

Initial Thoughts
This was good. I liked Stella and Michael a lot and thought that they were both very interesting characters. I liked how well these two seemed to fit with each other and thought that the chemistry was intense. The narrator did a great job with the story and added to my overall enjoyment.

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review 2019-01-01 14:06
THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang
  Stella hires Michael as an escort so her mother will get off her back about being single. She also decides to have him teach/practice social skills/sex with her so she will be able to get a husband. Michael does not do doubles but decides to help her because he is attracted to her. He does not feel he is good enough for her as they get deeper into their relationship because of his family and past. She's not interested in anyone else after Michael.

This was fun! Both Stella and Michael are lovable. They are perfect for each other. As Stella stumbles along in relating to others Michael accepts her as she is. I like the squabbles between Michael and his sisters. I like that Stella is able to stand up for herself. The story was believable. I hated for it to end. It is a keeper.
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review 2018-12-16 19:13
[REVIEW] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I loved, loved, loved this book then again, I love a book that makes me feel, and this one made me feel so many things, all colliding within me at the same time. Easily my favorite romance novel read this year. All I want to do is squee!

I wanted to ignore people so that I could read, that's how much I loved it. Somehow it hit all my favorite things, some that I didn't even remember that I liked. 

Do you want love and light and fluffiness but also angst? Read this book.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

page 19
...the most stunning pair of soft brown eyes.

My heart melted a little.
 
page 63
Holy hell *fans self*
 
 
page 114
omg that was HORRIBLE and AWKWARD. Poor Stella.
 
page 194
He’s giving her a gift. For all the birthdays where he didn’t know her.

*SOB*
 
page 205
I just let out a scream. HELL NO. WHY.
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review 2018-12-09 18:22
A lovely, sweet romance
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I have to admit that while I very much wanted to read about a female protagonist who has Asperger’s, the cover kept putting me off. I’m delighted that I got past that because this romance was a delight. And incredibly sexy.

 

If you’ve followed this blog for a long time, you know how much I love Korean Dramas. It’s awesome how our half-Vietnamese male lead, Michael is compared looks-wise to Daniel Henney who was in one of my favourite KDramas, The Lovely Sam Soon. Michael is also just a great guy with a big heart and a lot of baggage. No alphaholeness here whatsoever.

 

The Kiss Quotient is a reverse Pretty Woman story and because Hoang has done such an excellent job in crafting her characters, the premise works. This is an #ownvoices book, but it is never preachy. I was rooting for Stella the entire time. It was a joy to be in her head and watch her blossom under the attention of a man who was worthy of her.

 

I’m going to leave it at that because I want you to just fall into this romance the way I did.

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review 2018-12-03 17:08
lots of echoes
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

This so sounded familiar.  I get the wanting things to be organised logically and trying to come up with strategies to cope with the world, Oh boy do I.

 

I can see the logic of deciding that if you're not good at something, like dating, to experiment with it and test how it should work, and how numbers are so interesting.

 

Stella wants to settle down and marry, it's the next step for her life, not least according to her mother.  She decides to hire someone to help. Into her life comes Michael who uses his good looks and charm to make sure his mother is getting the medical help she needs.  Michael has rules about not getting involved with clients but he finds Stella compelling.  He understands her and wants her to have a fulfilling life, but he's not sure he's enough for her.  Meanwhile Stella is getting used to wanting to have someone else in her life, she cares for Michael and it's somewhat confusing her.

 

I liked it, liked the characters and the fact that they all had their own agency, I did want to punch her co-worker.

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