The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang, is a book that I couldn’t put down.
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I chanced across it at the library. The book blurb intrigued me by the premise of a woman with Asperger’s (autism spectrum) hiring a male escort to teach her the ways of romance. I loved The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, whose main male character has Asperger’s, so I decided to check this book out.
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…
The main character, Stella, is a super-smart econometrician and doesn’t need a man. She’s doing this because her mom wants her to get married and have babies. Stella thinks this will buy her some time to get a guy.
The escort, Michael, that she hires is extremely hot, of half-Swedish and half-Vietnamese background, and has morals! (Reverse Pretty Woman, with a twist?)
Why I Liked It
I’m not usually a romance reader, but this one hooked me with the different perspectives of a woman with Asperger’s and the Vietnamese background of Michael. The book goes more in-depth into both in different scenes.
I also loved that the romance between the two was so sweet, despite the descriptive “education” scenes between Stella and Michael.
I actually didn’t know that there were some steamy scenes when I started reading. But, Lord, there are!
A main female character who can support herself is always a hit with me, so Stella won me for that. I also loved that the author described the world from Stella’s point of view–how she processed sensory inputs, and had to learn emotional cues that most people take for granted.
I recommend checking out more of Helen Hoang at her website. She lists her other books, and you can sign up for her newsletter.
She herself is of half-Vietnamese/half-Caucasian origin, and places on the autism spectrum with Asperger syndrome.
This book was such a hit that it’s going to be made into a movie! There’s no release date or casting information out as of yet.
The Second and Third Books in This Trilogy
You could enjoy The Kiss Quotient as a stand-alone book, but I’m guessing after you read it, you’ll want to continue the trilogy (just as I did).
The second book in this series is The Bride Test. I actually bought it straight from Amazon the SAME DAY that I finished The Kiss Quotient, since I couldn’t wait to get it from the library. That’s when you KNOW that the author has hooked you!
The final book in the trilogy, The Heart Principle, doesn’t come out until 2021. I’m marking my calendar now!
It was sweet, sexy, and entertaining. Reading a romance with diverse main characters was the icing on top.