The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Published by: Berkley
Pub Date: June 5, 2018
Format: e-book | Source: library
Genres: adult, contemporary romance
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 to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, 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…
I had heard so many amazing things about The Kiss Quotient- how sexy it is, how wonderful the leads are, how fantastic the rep is- that I was a little afraid to pick it up due to the hype. Luckily it exceeded all expectations and I flew through this romantic novel! It was great to have both Michael and Stella’s POVs and to see how their thoughts and individual stories intersected; I love getting to see the same scene from both sides, especially when a misunderstanding is involved. The Kiss Quotient was sweet and compassionate but very steamy too, with excellent character development! Most importantly I’ve read from multiple sources that Stella’s autistic rep and Michael’s Vietnamese rep was well done. Stella was so relatable and easy to root for, while Michael was a complete sweetheart and the perfect love interest for Stella- he really listens to her and consent was prevalent in every scene. They complement each other so well! I can’t wait to see what Helen Hoang writes next.
Have you read The Kiss Quotient? Is it on your list? If you love romance, it should be!