- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451490800
- ISBN-13: 978-0451490803
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 502 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
This is the second ownvoices book i've read this year with a heroine who's autistic. I felt that the author did a good job of building on the awkwardness of Stella and Michael's relationship as it went from professional arrangement to more.
I enjoyed the scenes wit Michael and his family. When he hung out with his cousin Quan and the times at his home with his mom and sisters. Of course, the first meeting between Stella and his family made me want to cover my eyes cuz it was just an entire mess! I really felt for Stella there. But the other times Stella meets his family was pretty great, after that 1st disastrous meeting. I really liked seeing Michael cooking and interacting with his family and we get to learn bits of his Vietnamese culture.
I really wanted to hug and shake Michael at times. Especially with his dad's infamous legacy shadowing him his entire life and he feels like he could never be good enough for stella. And on the flip side Stella feeling like Michael broke it off cuz he pitied her for being autistic. I wanted to scream at both "you are so wroooong!!" get it together lol
But Michael did also annoy me at a few times. Especially when Stella's coworker kissed her and she's pretty upset and yup Michael's concerned BUT at the same time he came across as being a bit angry at Stella when bro cut her some slack she didnt want to kiss that dude. Simmer down.
Stellaaaaaa i really loved her. especially when she initially thinks she needs to change, be less different but soon realizes nah this is who she is and it doesn't make her less to be autistic.
And the ending was perfect for me. I loved how it was all wrapped up! I'm excited for the Bride Test, Khai's book (Quan's bro). We meet Khai very briefly in here and i can't wait for book 2!