Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2018)
Paperback, 336 pages

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…

Rating: 5 stars
For starters, I was super excited about this book before it released. Then it started getting more and more hype and I read just ONE review, which totally trashed the book. I let that one review sway me and stuck this far down to the bottom of my TBR, shelving it in the hype machine fodder bin. Thankfully, since its release I’d read so many amazing reviews that I decided to give it a (very doubting, hesitant) try. 

OH. MY. GOSH. I can’t believe I almost didn’t read this book. I would have missed out so badly. 

I fell in love with Stella and Michael both, and I fell HARD. It probably doesn’t hurt that I am (like Stella) a K-Drama fan and I’m also a really big fan of Asian food (though I tend to go Korean, now I really want to try real Vietnamese foods!) Stella is this amazing woman and I love how passionate she is about econometrics, and it was really interesting getting little glimpses into her world and what she does. And of course Michael is just a dreamboat. *swoon* I love the way their relationship develops, and the tension created by the transactional nature of the way their relationship starts and then their own insecurities drew me in, tangled me up, and refused to let me go. 

I really appreciated the note at the end by Helen Hoang about how Asperger’s/Autism tends to present differently in women, and how a lot of what’s out there when you Google it is about how it presents in men. (Isn’t that just typical?)

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. That's interesting that Asperger's/Austism presents differently in women. Good to know! I am really curious about this one, and I think I've seen mostly positive reviews for it. That's great you did decide to read it and really loved it! Sometimes you just have to give it a shot. :)


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