The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley Books (Jun 5, 2018)
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’d like to thank Times Reads for sending me an ARC of The Kiss Quotient for review.
It has been an awful while since I read contemporary romance, to be honest. But when I got the chance to review The Kiss Quotient, a debut novel by Helen Hoang which features an autistic protagonist, I was so on board! Aside from the fact that The Kiss Quotient is an #ownvoices book, I was completely sold on the premise because who wouldn’t like a steamy, hot romance with a Eurasian love interest? You know what? Don’t answer that. Read on.
You know the feeling when you realise that you will love a book after reading a chapter? Doesn’t it feel amazing because you know that you will enjoy every bit of it? That was how I felt when I was reading The Kiss Quotient because it was unlike anything I’ve read before.
The premise of The Kiss Quotient might not be something new for most contemporary romance readers, but I liked that Helen Hoang gave a fresh new take on the gender-swapped version of Pretty Woman.
Here’s the DL: High-flying econometrician Stella Lane has never been lucky in love, but her parents think it’s time for her to find a man and settle down. However, her past romantic experiences weren’t so romantic, which could possibly be because she wasn’t attracted to any of the men she was with. Or she’s bad in bed. Determined to up her game of seduction, she hires charming male escort Michael Phan to teach her a thing or two about being a total goddess in the bedroom.
I really couldn’t put my finger on why I just loved The Kiss Quotient so much but I do think that you shouldn’t give this one a miss if you’re a fan of contemporary romance that would make you swoon until you’re weak in the knees! I adored the chemistry between Stella and Michael—the book is told from both their POVs and it’s so wonderful to see both sides of the story. I loved getting inside Stella’s head and find out what she’s thinking.
Oh, did I mention that Michael is Eurasian? Because if you missed that, you should totally know that he is such a sensitive and thoughtful sweetheart. Similar to most contemporary romance novels, at least one of the main characters would have a mysterious past that haunts them. In The Kiss Quotient, I think Michael’s past was intriguing and it did give me a huge sense of understanding of his actions. Oh, he is such a cinnamon roll, I swear.
All in all, I just wanted to cuddle The Kiss Quotient in bed when I finished reading it. I was swooning from all the love between Stella and Michael and that was what I needed between books! Not to mention, reading it gave me that tingly feeling in my nose which is a Good Sign that I enjoyed it! Stella might not be your sassy heroine with clever comebacks but she is sweet, likeable and frankly, quite savage but I loved her. I cannot wait to see what Helen Hoang has in store for us next!