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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Published by Berkley on June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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...
In spite of the unusual characters, The Kiss Quotient felt realistic. It was easy to drop into the character of Stella because she is so straight-forward. That bluntness may cause some awkward social situations or misunderstandings but you know what you get. I love the math and science stuff so her enjoyment of it was completely believable to me.
Michael felt less authentic because of View Spoiler »prostitution « Hide Spoiler. His personal expectations of himself caused some of his trouble. However, he did not hold others to those nearly impossible standards, instead giving them compassion. His treatment of Stella and his mother shows so much integrity and responsibility.
Surprisingly, Stella and Michael are smoking hot! What begins as a intellectual quest for knowledge of sexual skills, becomes also an emotional explosion of erotica. I loved them and the feels they gave me.
I’m excited to see it is the first in Kiss Quotient series . though I am not sure what is next. I’ll be watching for more!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge