The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang @helenhoangt @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub

Posted May 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang @helenhoangt  @BerkleyRomance  @BerkleyPub The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Published by Berkley on June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 ». 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!


About Helen Hoang

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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Posted May 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 6 Comments

6 responses to “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. Sophia Rose

    I’ve seen the title around and got distracted before I could check it out. This one sounds great. An aspie and an escort. 🙂

  2. carolesrandomlife

    I have a copy of this one that I hope to start reading very soon. I am very happy to see that you liked it, Anne!

    • I hope you love it as much as I did. It’s not the same old, same old and I like that.

  3. Jen

    As you know, I absolutely adored this book. I agree, the characters felt totally read and relatable, even though on paper, they aren’t!

    • yes it was so enjoyable. I am excited it is the first in a series! I am not sure where it goes as a series. Stella has no siblings. Maybe Micheal’s siblings?