Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Published: June 5, 2018 by Berkley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Reading Period: August 12 – 14, 2018
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
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…
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, which comes out in June 2018 with Berkley.
She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.
Thank you Fay of Bibliophile Soprano for hosting a blog tour of The Kiss Quotient. I received an eARC from Penguin Random House thru NetGalley in exchange of honest review, and later bought my own physical copy.
Stella, who has Asperger’s and an econometrician, prefers to work than to date anyone. She has difficulty in communication, no eye contact and has troubles in social gathering. Michael, an escort, has Vietnamese and Swedish heritage and “dark past”.
Honestly, I do not know what to expect from The Kiss Quotient. I decided to read this book because mainly I was influenced by Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads. Although I already have an eARC a month before its release, I can’t bring myself to read it. However, I regret the days I didn’t start reading this one because it was a great book and I have so many feels for this.
The Kiss Quotient is in two POVs. I like it that I get to read both Stella and Michael’s a perspective. I would like to commend Helen Hoang in writing Stella’s POV because it is on point, well-researched. Someone who has Asperger’s is not the same as someone who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A person with Asperger’s is highly functional, though there are symptoms that are similar to a person with ASD. On the other hand, it’s kind of weird to read Michael’s POV because my husband name is Michael. Anyway, the character development is all right. At some point, it is frustrating that every time Stella is having a great time with Michael she remembers that Michael is her practice boyfriend. But this one is intense. I have read some reviews before that this one is steamy. But NO ONE told me it was super intense steamy.
Also, this book shows Asian family ties. How Michael’s family show strength, love, support and value each other. Also, it’s kinda funny to read Stella’s parents push her to find a boyfriend and marry. They are being supportive and do not want Stella to age alone.
Overall, I enjoy reading this book. It is in good pace, page-turner, jaw-dropping hot guys and highly addictive great story.
“This was what happened when you kept secrets. People drew their own conclusions.”
“…think before you talk (anything and everything can be an insult to someone; when in doubt, say nothing)…”
“You can’t hurt someone when they don’t have a heart.”
“Sometimes she convinced herself that her labels didn’t matter. They were just words. They didn’t change who she was.”
“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
“Love, he found, was a jail. It trapped, and it clipped wings. It dragged you down, forced you to places you didn’t want to go…”
“Sometimes there are more important things than passion and ambition.”
Helen is giving away a signed copy of the book. Below is the Rafflecopter link of the giveaway: