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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Published by Berkley on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions — like grief. And love. He thinks he's defective. His family knows better— that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can't turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working... but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme's time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he's been wrong all along. And there's more than one way to love
The Bride Test is a romance set in the same world as The Kiss Quotient. They share a sweet authenticity of awkward honesty as characters work through their issues and emotions. Esme is a delight. She is a realist, so honest and hard-working. She knows herself and sticks to her principles. I love her.
Khai is autistic, so he has some quirks. They are reasonable. However, he does lie to himself about his feelings, which is a common problem for all men, not just the autistic. He is somewhat predictable, particularly to his family, which is hilarious. I love both their families for how awesome and caring they are.
I encourage you to read this funny, amazing, sexy, emotional journey of life! Helen Hoang is a star and I’ll be watching her with anticipation.
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