ARC Review | The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helena Hoang | The Kiss Quotient #1
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | June 5th, 2018
ARC from the publisher

 

 

Book Blurb:

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…

| Review |

I don’t know what I can say about this book that hasn’t already but said, but I’m going to give it a go. I’m not usually one who gives into hype. More often than not, I walk away wishing I loved the book more. That was so not the case with The Kiss Quotient. This book left me with a full heart. I swear it touched my soul, and I could not have loved Stella or Michael more.

The story opens with Stella’s mother telling her she is ready for grandchildren, and as a woman who is single with no one on the horizon (and because…what the heck?) she finds this news jarring. But as the plot moves on, Stella knows she wants more than her solitary lifestyle, so she resolves to become comfortable with physical contact and intimacy. Her Asperger’s is something that hinders her, and as someone who is goal driven, Stella is convinced that with the proper plan, it’s something she can ‘overcome.’ When a coworker caustically mentions a male escort, Stella seizes onto that idea and puts a plan into action.

Enter Michael, who is cleaning up his father’s mess moonlighting as an escort to take care of his family. He and Stella get off to a rocky start, but Michael proves to be very caring and intuitive about Stella’s needs. Michael was practically freaking perfect. He was so sweet and thoughtful, and I just could not get enough of him. He wasn’t pushy or demeaning (most of the time,) and he wasn’t afraid to apologize when he stumbled.

I adored Michael’s family. They had such wonderful banter, and it was clear how much they adored each other and why he was so moved to take care of them. His cousin Quan was a nice voice of reason for him, and I am hoping to get his story eventually. There was way more steam that I was expecting, and the things that came out of Michael’s mouth…I think I may have been left panting a few times. Also, he called Stella ‘My Stella,’ and while it could have been cheesy, I found it sexy as hell here and couldn’t get enough of it.

This book was just wonderful – two people trying so hard to be someone else that they missed they were being loved exactly for her they were, and it had me laughing and crying over and over again, and I just didn’t want to put it down. I was happy, too, that Stella’s mother, who angered me in the beginning, really grew on me by the end. Her words were so jarring even to me as a reader that I completely missed she was speaking to Stella in the way Stella was most familiar with communicating – straight on. Even if I think her expectations were a bit too smothering, it was clear she loved her daughter.

I also love a good groveling hero, and I feel like Michael was that – I love that Stella made Michael chase her (even if that wasn’t her intent,) and that he was so damn good at. They were such a perfect pair, and I adored every moment of their story.

OK – it’s clear I have gushed enough, so I’ll just say I am absolutely floored that this is a debut author, and I am thrilled to see what she has in store for us. If you pick up The Kiss Quotient, be sure you have a whole afternoon to set aside…and to swoon!

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22 thoughts on “ARC Review | The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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  1. LOL, gush away. I love seeing the reader response to a book shine through. I’m so glad the hype didn’t turn you away and you got a really great story with this one. I’ve already got it on my list, but it doesn’t hurt to see that you and others I trust loved it. 🙂

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  2. This sounds wonderful. Great review, I will have to check this one out. I love the romance angle, but with someone who has to come out of their comfort zone, it is so much more meaningful.

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  3. I have got to read this one soon! I have no excuses since a copy is sitting on my shelf and everyone seems to be loving it. Great review!

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  4. You are so right sometimes the hype really messes up and I end up disappointed, This is one I read about a couple of months before it came up for review so I only had that to go on when I requested it from Net Galley. So glad that I had heard of it before so hype didn’t come into it for me.Great review!

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