Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Format: Physical ARC
Published: May 7, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
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.
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.
Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.
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Khai is a bachelor, good looking and peculiar because of his autism. Esme will do anything and everything for her family including being an ideal bride for Khai.
I want to protect Khai with all my heart. He is too innocent, too naive, too adorable, too precious and too honest. He is trying to understand people and his emotions, though he insists that he does not feel any.
Esme’s dedication and persistence is admirable. She loves her family so much that she will do anything to give them a good life. Her eagerness to study is respectable because not all people have the enthusiasm or courage to do it especially if they don’t have the means.
Khai and Esme’s chemistry is exploding. They clicked. I love the character development. My heart is too invested to Khai and Esme. Although communication is an issue, but chemistry supersedes. Culture clash is noticeable because Khai grew up in America and Esme came from Vietnam. Their custom and beliefs are different. However, it did not stop Khai, and Esme discovers ways to get through and appreciate each other.
Also, this book shows Asian culture like close family ties. It is common to Asian families to show strong family relationship even though they at present live in Western countries, and evident in this book. The diversity in this book is commendable. Highly appreciated.
The Bride Test is in good pace, page turner, beautifully written. It is also engaging and highly addictive. Highly recommended if you want to indulge in some sizzling and captivating romance.
“The difficult part for people is finding the time. Do you have time?”
“He was a puzzle she never would have been able to solve if he hadn’t shown her how. Those were the best kinds of puzzles, though, weren’t they? The ones no one else could figure out.”
“Feeling can be inaccurate.”
“Where did you go when you had nowhere?”
“Everyone deserved to love and be loved back. Everyone.”
“Sometimes the things people do and believe don’t make sense.”
“…sometimes one person could make a world of difference.”
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