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The Kiss Quotient Paperback – June 5, 2018
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"The Kiss Quotient had me under a spell the moment I met the hero. I was excited, in love, and couldn't wait to get back to this book every time life forced me to put it down. A rare and riveting love story."—Penelope Douglas, New York Times bestselling author
“An unexpectedly sweet erotic romance that left me with a huge smile on my face. I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters and their story. Helen Hoang’s debut is quite simply delightful!”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
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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The Kiss Quotient was marvelous!
So what happens when you're smart, have Asperger's and your parents want you to get married and provide a progeny of grandchildren but you aren't good at social situations or intimacy? Well, you hire an escort!!
Stella Lane is in her thirties. She is very successful and driven. She's an economist and a workaholic. She knows her limitations and having sex is one of them. She believes that if she can conquer her fears of intimacy, she can then be in a relationship.
Michael Pham is paying his mother's hospital bills by using his body as an escort. He's part Vietnamese and part Swedish. In other words, this combination makes him stunning. When his next job takes him to meet Stella, he can't help but be grateful. She fits his hot librarian fantasy to a tee. After their first meeting, he knows he's in trouble. He usually doesn't see a client twice but this time he wants to make an exception.
I love Stella and Michael together. Michael was so patient and understanding. He was also great with his whole family. He had his own insecurities and fears. I liked to think that being with Stella helped him realized he was worth it. Stella was amazing too. She tried her hardest to face her limitations. It takes great courage to try something new when you're so used to your routine and structure.
I can't but fan myself at their sexy times. Let's just say WOW is an understatement.
The Kiss Quotient was a wonderfully crafted novel. It's uniqueness and fascinating characters sets it apart from the rest.
I found myself doing a happy dance after finishing it. The ending was just perfect! I'm crossing my fingers we get to see more characters getting their own books. Mrs. Hoang has plenty of material.
OOOOohh YES! Did I find my favorite book of 2018 so far?? YES I DID! This book was so heart warmingly sweet that I just did not want to put it down! Stella and Michael are one of my all time favorite couples! Just too cute!
Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite.
Stella is a econometrician who spends all of her time at work. Due to her Asperger's she has a difficult time dealing with people, especially those in large loud groups, so spending her days with numbers is much more her style. When her mother starts to pressure her into the marriage and children route Stella begins to panic. Sex has never been appealing to her and she feels as though she is not doing it right. So, she seeks out a professional.
Once a week Micheal is an escort and winds up with Stella as his client. He does not take repeat clients but quickly sees how vulnerable Stella is and decides to make an exception. The amount of time the two spend together heads to a much deeper bond then Micheal was originally planning on experiencing.
I loved everything about this book! While some of the plot was predictable, as this trope has been done before, it was completely new and refreshing with the cast of characters in the story!! I absolutely LOVED that this book was so inclusive and representative of different diversities!
Aside from the fact that I was thrilled with all the diversity, the story itself is SO CUTE. It's one of those books that just has you smiling the entire time that you read it! I definately know that I will be reading this one over and over again. AND THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER ONE IN THIS SERIES!! Literally can I get any more excited!!!!
Basically what I'm saying is that YOU HAVE TO READ THIS ONE! Up there in my all time fave list for sure!!
My ARC copy of the book was provided in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
And Michael....whew! What a great book boyfriend. His compassion towards Stella in their beginning love scenes almost made me cry.
I understand this is a debut novel. I thought it was outstanding and read it in a day. However I don't agree with the exorbitant price. $9.99 for a debut novel? Who do these publishers think they are!
So that is why I have it only four stars.
Stella is a wonderful, fascinating character. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and rooting for her. Michael almost matches her in interest. Their personalities and challenges are generally believable. I can't say their lapses back into self-destructive self-image are less convincing, but I was somehow not entirely convinced.
One genre convention I love is the HEA, which means I don't have to be worried about whether the cluelessness of either or both will prevent them getting the happiness they deserve.