The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
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...

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) Details

TitleThe Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    This book had the nerve…the audacity…the unmitigated gall…to come into my home…whereIpay the bills…and let me down.On the bright side, however, at least it’s not a Percy Jackson movie.I relish stories that give voices to cultures and experiences that are unfortunately too rarely represented on page or screen, so when I heard this book is an ownvoices story about a woman with Asperger's, I immediately added it to my TBR.Although this novel isn't as winning as I expected it to be, there's This book had the nerve…the audacity…the unmitigated gall…to come into my home…where I pay the bills…and let me down.On the bright side, however, at least it’s not a Percy Jackson movie.I relish stories that give voices to cultures and experiences that are unfortunately too rarely represented on page or screen, so when I heard this book is an ownvoices story about a woman with Asperger's, I immediately added it to my TBR.Although this novel isn't as winning as I expected it to be, there's certainly plenty to admire in it: the fact that this is a book version of Pretty Women but with a refreshing subversion that’s embodied in the gender role reversal, the exploration of money and how fortune doesn’t touch everyone with the same hand which was by turns careful and unflinching, how there’s a real sense of culture and history in the depiction of Michael’s community (his Vietnamese heritage shines through and there's tremendous joy in his interaction with his family: the banter, the support, the kindness threaded through pitiless teasing), and the knowledge that the events in this book and the author’s continued research has inspired her to seek out a therapist and be diagnosed on the spectrum. It's very important to see autistic women at the forefront of efforts at representation, expanding the conversation and the vision for autistic characters.That said, I fault this book for many things—each one jabbing at my initial excitement, until it deflated completely. I fault it for being boring, averagely written and riddled with clichés. Most important, though, I fault it for demonstrating knowledge of important issues only to lampshade the significance of its premise rather than delve deeper into something more nuanced. I expected more from this—more rigor, more thoughtfulness, more craft. Instead, I was left staggered and uncertain how to feel about the whole thing—about an ending that felt trivial, almost mocking the seriousness of the rest of the book, and a fizz of uneasiness that I couldn’t quite shake afterwards.This is the story of a woman who was smart and beautiful and accomplished, and who simply had the poor fortune of coming across men who had never cared for more than their own entertainment, who didn’t have her welfare anywhere remotely near at heart and who treated her more like a boring convenience than an exciting toy. So, she stood there and accepted the weight of the blame, because clearly, if someone hurt you, there’s something wrong with you to deserve it. For Stella, it was her autism.If it were obvious and unmistakable at any point in the book that the author was highlighting this attitude as a problem, I might feel more kindly disposed toward it. Instead, it’s relying on the misguided belief that autism is an inherent flaw that you’re supposed to overcome, and it’s positioning the love interest, Michael, as someone who will, and I quote, “seduce [perhaps more aptly termed in this context: fuck] the anxiety out of [Stella]”, failing to examine the crucial fact that Stella’s past sexual encounters didn’t go awry because of her autism—her past dates were simply pieces of shit who didn’t treat her like a human being. And then, Michael comes along, shows Stella the barest scrapings of human decency, and she feeds off that, because she’s been starving and thought such crumbs a feast.It’s like the novel version of those heterosexual dating articles whose entire premise is basically: “How To Hack Men Into Treating You Like a Person.”This is a frustration exacerbated by the fact that once Stella establishes that she enjoys physical contact with a man (read: a man who treats her decently and who doesn’t leave her laying on the bed like an unloved doll splayed out on the floor), she suggests that they now forgo the sex altogether and work together to figure out how to make her comfortable in romantic situations, and so begins a fake-relationship which of course blossoms into a romance.I fault this book for trying to depict a well-balanced pairing only to deploy it in ways that feel manipulative and disingenuous. The bar was already set so low for Michael…and yet, he still managed to slide right under it. Michael says all the right things to make Stella feel comfortable, but his words stand in blatant contrast against his actions—which were infuriatingly manipulative and alarming. For instance, when Stella clearly voices her discomfort with something, Michael sweeps aside her comments like you’d brush crumbs from a table and assures her that she’ll enjoy it when she tries it, and of course, she does—her agency completely disregarded by this point. The relentless patronizing Michael was subtly practicing throughout this book left a deeper impression than anything else, and this sort of behavior from a narrator whose perspective I truly wanted to trust, but who frequently engages in musings on hypocrisy and inconsistency, stuck out in ways that I couldn't just chalk up to unreliability.Also egregious is how Stella’s symptoms seem to conveniently disappear around Michael. In fact, it was pretty obvious early on that the narrative was charitably embellishing Michael’s traits, palliating his possessiveness, and only illuminating his character by villainizing literally every single other male character. This is made even more manifest in the second love interest, Philip, Stella’s coworker, who is painstakingly one-dimensional: he’s an unmitigated jerk. That’s it. That’s the extent of his contribution. I can’t overstate how exhausted I am of this trope. If the romance in your book is only inevitable because every character who’s not the potential love interest is an unbearable asshole…maybe you have a problem.Speaking of problems, there was a particular scene in the beginning that stirred the most unpleasant riots of emotions in me: Philip comes into Stella’s office, casually asks her if she’s a virgin and gives an unsolicited advice from “a man who’s been around the block a few times” (I rolled my eyes so far back I could see the last of my brain cells dying) which is that if she went out and fucked a lot more men, she’d be more experienced and have more luck. The entire scene was howling “sexual harassment in a workplace” and, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the fact that this whole encounter was carelessly glossed over was extremely disappointing.I'm still very frustrated by this book's refusal to explore so many prominent ideas in favor of escalating a plot that keeps a very tight, narrow focus on a romance with really questionable dynamics. I do recognize, however, the importance of books like The Kiss Quotient and how they help improve awareness and diagnosis rates for this under-represented group and I hope to see a greater plurality of representation for autism.✨ wishlist ✨ blog ✨ twitter ✨ tumblr ✨
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars. Well, this book. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess I'll begin with an overview.The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.It's the perfect blend of sweet and steamy. And let me be clear: this is not YA. There's a lot of graphic sex scenes, though I should 4 1/2 stars. Well, this book. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess I'll begin with an overview.The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.It's the perfect blend of sweet and steamy. And let me be clear: this is not YA. There's a lot of graphic sex scenes, though I should also say that the author builds up to it really well; she knows how to tease us. It was just so nice to read a book where sex is actually sexy and not political, cold, a form of manipulation, or not sex at all because consent went out the window.This is an ownvoices book about Stella, who has Asperger's syndrome. Convinced she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her. Michael is mixed race - Vietnamese and Swedish - and described as a hotter version of k-drama star Daniel Henney. In a gender-reversed Pretty Woman scenario, the two inevitably end up developing feelings for one another.Stella's autism makes it difficult for her to know how to behave around other people, and she also struggles with being touched. Through this, the author explores the importance of consent - Michael is deeply respectful of her boundaries and always waits for her to be 100% ready. Perhaps it sounds less sexy than the spontaneous grab-and-go on the office desk sex but it actually isn't. It's kinda wonderful.Okay, and here's the weird thing. I don't know how to talk about this or if I really should, but I think it is worth mentioning. We talk about the importance of diverse books all the time and the way voices by POC, LGBT+, and those with disabilities are absolutely essential. They foster understanding and help a lot of people realize they are not alone. Well, I got a lesson in just how important books like this can be.As I was reading about Stella, I started to make some comparisons. I was so affected by it that I made a list. This list:• Extreme social anxiety• Loss of focus; frequent "zoning out"• Fanatic obsession with a small number of interests• Difficulty reading verbal cues and understanding sarcasm• No interest in playing with others as a young child• Avoiding eye contact or overcompensating and staring• Clumsiness and poor spacial awareness• Called "quiet" "shy" "weird" and "odd"• Outbursts of anger when losing or unable to complete a task• Deep levels of frustration and anxiety when routine disturbed• Practicing "conversation trees" in head• Facial tics Um, yeah. So this is me. Some of these are behaviours I exhibited as a child, but many I still do. It turns out I probably have high functioning autism, formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome. I currently only have a self-diagnosis and a score of 35 out of 40 on the Cambridge autism test (over 32 is high probability of autism) but I am pursuing a professional diagnosis.Huh.Honestly, this book just made me feel so... understood. Everything that I've worked so hard to hide and bury about myself is normalized and even celebrated. So yeah, it is sexy as hell and really sweet, but it's also so important. Seeing as so many women and girls go undiagnosed, this book could offer validation to so many who need it.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I am… not impressed.How lovely that this is an #ownvoices novel. Stella is autistic, as is the author, and so, no one can say that it is not authentic.But the storyline is not, however, very realistic.See, Stella is bad at sex, or so she says. She’s also bad at relationships and human interactions in general. So she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her a thing or two.Or three. *suggestive eyebrows*I was entertained for the first fifty or so pages, then I became tired of the sex talk. Do we I am… not impressed.How lovely that this is an #ownvoices novel. Stella is autistic, as is the author, and so, no one can say that it is not authentic.But the storyline is not, however, very realistic.See, Stella is bad at sex, or so she says. She’s also bad at relationships and human interactions in general. So she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her a thing or two.Or three. *suggestive eyebrows*I was entertained for the first fifty or so pages, then I became tired of the sex talk. Do we really need to talk about it in every single page? No, we don’t. I was expecting a smart romance, but it really isn’t that original. Of course, the fact that the main character is autistic is a breath of fresh air, but I didn’t connect with her. I *understood* her – she’s pretty straightforward and eloquent – but none of the characters felt particularly three dimensional to me.It’s a lot of will they/won’t they, but the reader knows that they will. Come on. So the fact that the protagonists are so confused about their feelings for one another gets old fast and becomes rather annoying. Enough! It also isn’t… romantic. Or extremely sexy. It’s steamy at times – what with all the sex/foreplay I sure hope so – but it didn’t summon stars in my eyes (or, something else…) and I will soon forget about this couple. It didn’t help that the writing was quite dry. I know. This is an important book. But I won’t rate a book highly if it didn’t win my heart, especially considering that there are other *important* novels out there that actually managed to claim a place on my list of favourites. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This was my pick for the June 2018 Book of the Month box!ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” Friends, The Kiss Quotient is so deserving of every ounce of hype it has received thus far. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read. Don’t sleep on this This was my pick for the June 2018 Book of the Month box!ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” Friends, The Kiss Quotient is so deserving of every ounce of hype it has received thus far. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read. Don’t sleep on this one. Also, Michael and Stella are both partner goals, I swear. This is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has succeeded in every aspect of her life, except for love. Her mother is putting pressure on her to find someone and start thinking about family, now that she turned thirty. Plus, Stella is kind of lonely anyway, and as much as she loves throwing herself into her work, she wants to spend her life with someone who she can completely be herself with. The problem is, Stella thinks her autism makes her unable to successfully date, and maybe even unable to be good at/enjoy sex. So, she hires the dreamiest escort to help her! “Girls like me intimidate boyfriends away. Girls like me have never been asked out by a single boy. Girls like me have to find their own way, make their own luck. I’ve had to fight for every success in my life, and I’m going to fight for this. I’m going to get good at sex, and then I’ll finally be able to entice the right person into being mine.” The thing is, Michael is an escort that doesn’t do more than one session per client. Yet, after his and Stella’s first night, he might be willing to make an exception. Michael is biracial (Vietnamese and Swedish), fashion designer, and has always put his family first, especially after the way his father left them all. Michael’s mother is also battling cancer, and the medical bills are piling up. Trigger and content warnings for unwanted touching and forced kissing, lowkey sexual harassment, anxiety attacks, abandonment, a loved one with a chronic illness, a fatphobic comment/insult, and someone telling someone else about a person’s diagnosis. Also, this book has very explicit and graphic sex scenes. But, like, all of the sex scenes in this book are 11/10. So damn hot, I swear. I have a lot more experience with sex than Stella, but I would happily let Michael teach me a thing or two. *clutches pearls forever* But please use caution if that is something you do not enjoy in your books!But besides the steamy sex, the beautiful romance, and the lovely messages that are inside this book, my favorite part is that this book never shames Michael for being an escort, and it sure in the hell doesn’t shame Stella for being on the autism spectrum. A lot of other conflicts happen throughout, but those two things are never put in a negative light and it was such a blessing. And I never expect a fiction book to teach me anything, but this book gave me such a wonderful glimpse and perspective into some people’s autism. (Obviously, I know that no two people are the same!) From overstimulation with lights, sounds, and smells, to the preferred clothing, to focusing everything into one thing, to the importance of schedules, lists, and reminders! This book was really insightful, and I loved that about it. The importance of consent is always at the forefront of this novel. I think that’s why most people who are reading this right now are so in love with Michael, and it’s because he always is thoughtful and so very patient with Stella. He truly puts her needs first, and makes sure he is never overstepping any line that she is not willing to cross. And I just loved Stella Lane as a character. She is actually probably my favorite heroine of 2018. Not only does she know who she is, she refuses to change for anyone, even the guy she has fallen in love with. I had happy tears in my eyes so much while reading this, and it was mostly just because I was so proud of her. Michael might be most people’s wet dream, but Stella felt like the character I’ve been searching literature for forever. “But I want you to know I can handle the truth. If I’m not enough for you, that’s fair and I accept it. I’ll get over you eventually. I don’t want to be coddled or lied to because of what I am. I don’t need your pity friendship” Overall, this was such a perfect read! I loved this from first to last page, and I couldn’t put it down. Here, I’ll really sell you on how good this book is: Muse of Nightmares, my most anticipated release of 2018, came in the mail while I was reading this book. And you know what I did? I finished The Kiss Quotient before starting it. Seriously, this is a masterpiece. And I can’t wait to see what Helen Hoang does next. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Not exactly the wow-worthy read I was expecting.There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding this novel and I would say, rightly so for one reason. With this story, Helen Hoang gives voice to a syndrome that until now has been absent in the romance genre. Through her cast of endearing characters, she explores the importance of self-acceptance and the desire we all have to find that one person who makes establishing an intimate relationship feel effortless. I just wish I had enjoyed the plot as much as Not exactly the wow-worthy read I was expecting.There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding this novel and I would say, rightly so for one reason. With this story, Helen Hoang gives voice to a syndrome that until now has been absent in the romance genre. Through her cast of endearing characters, she explores the importance of self-acceptance and the desire we all have to find that one person who makes establishing an intimate relationship feel effortless. I just wish I had enjoyed the plot as much as the characters she created. Viewing the world through an autistic lens brings a fresh energy to the storyline initially, but it doesn't take long for the formulaic feel of the plot to overshadow the quirkiness of the cast.A gender-swapped Pretty Woman of sorts, The Kiss Quotient introduces the reader to Stella Lane, an incredibly smart and driven, thirty-something, living with high-functioning Asperger’s. Her social awkwardness, lack of interpersonal skills and myriad of other eccentricities have been a hinderance on her relationship status. Her best bet, she figures, is to start by improving her skills in the bedroom. So, how does one go about getting better at sex? I guess, if you’re rich and lacking in social skills, you hire a male escort to teach you a few things. Who better to learn from than a professional, right? Lucky for Stella, Michael is the perfect specimen of a man. Tailor by day, sexual escort every Friday night and all around good guy—what could go wrong? In the real world, probably a lot; but this is fiction. Predictable fiction. What's a romance novel without a happy ending?—it's pretty much a given this is going to happen. Aside from the character traits I admired in both Stella and Michael, their love story felt dare I say . . . basic. Their budding relationship narrowly avoids insta-love, is paved with convenience and the will-they/won't-they is fueled solely by miscommunication on both their parts, which takes on a stale note rather quickly. And while we would all love to fall for someone who completely understand us—no questions asked—it’s unrealistic to think it would ever happen this easily.Despite all of my issues with the plot, I still found this to be a worthwhile read. My big takeaway—Helen Hoang’s message in the Author's Note following Stella and Michael's story—be unapologetically you. “As I pursued and eventually attained a diagnosis (at age thirty-four), Stella, my autistic heroine, was born on the page. It has never been so easy for me to write a character. I knew her intimately. She came from my heart. I didn’t have to filter my thoughts to make her socially acceptable, something I’d been unconsciously doing for ages. And this freedom allowed me to find my voice. Before this, I’d been using every other author’s writing style, trying to be someone else. When I wrote The Kiss Quotient, I became myself, and I’ve been unapologetically myself ever since. Sometimes instead of confining you, a label can set you free.” *Thanks to Berkley for providing my copy.
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  • Roxane
    January 1, 1970
    The Kiss Quotient is quite the unexpected romance novel. Stella Lane is on the spectrum and wants to get better at sex so she can, hopefully, find a life partner and start the family her parents so very much want her to have. To get better at sex she hires Michael, an escort with a lot of debt and a few secrets but who, somehow, is exactly the man she needs. Of course he is! That's how romance novels work. But this is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive. Stella is The Kiss Quotient is quite the unexpected romance novel. Stella Lane is on the spectrum and wants to get better at sex so she can, hopefully, find a life partner and start the family her parents so very much want her to have. To get better at sex she hires Michael, an escort with a lot of debt and a few secrets but who, somehow, is exactly the man she needs. Of course he is! That's how romance novels work. But this is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive. Stella is a really compelling protagonist and Hoang does a fine job of showing us who this woman is and how she negotiates a world that isn't as welcoming to her as she deserves. Lots to admire her! Well worth a read.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    things about this that were very good:- the autism rep- the fact that while the author was researching said autism rep, she got diagnosed with autism- this is #ownvoices for autism and asian rep! yay! cool inclusion of vietnamese culture!- the female character is the moneymaker/works in STEM and the male character has less money/is a creative! employment gender role reversal.things about this that were not very good, for me, personally, sorry:- a woman getting f*cked out of some of her autism things about this that were very good:- the autism rep- the fact that while the author was researching said autism rep, she got diagnosed with autism- this is #ownvoices for autism and asian rep! yay! cool inclusion of vietnamese culture!- the female character is the moneymaker/works in STEM and the male character has less money/is a creative! employment gender role reversal.things about this that were not very good, for me, personally, sorry:- a woman getting f*cked out of some of her autism symptoms- a man not taking no for an answer (one time a man does this and it's Bad. but when the hot love interest does it, it is Very Very Good, apparently.)- i did not like the smut and i am sorry but i did not- the word "quirky" turns me off a character faster than you can say not like other girls- the protector-man gender roles were so bad- also so much "chicks love that romantic stuff" and "men never talk about feelings" type gender roles- REALLY WEIRD PARENT CHARACTERS WITH INCONSISTENT CHARACTERIZATION- felt pretty insta-lovey to me. like one second both are like "we cannot be in love!!!! never will we allow ourselves!!!" and the next. boom. lovefest city, population these two nerds.anyway. this book didn't work for me but clearly i'm in the teeniest minority in world history so.bottom line: read this if it sounds good to you i guess? basically the bottom line of all my reviews is "please do not feel compelled to listen to my opinion and/or take it seriously."-------------CURRENTLY-READING UPDATESthis is...a lot.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5+ Stars!!! There isn't much better as a reader than finding a debut novel that you have zero expectations for, and it blowing you away. The Kiss Quotient did just that. Helen Hoang wrote a book that is smart, sexy, made me laugh, and gave me just the right amount of feels. There wasn't one thing I would change about this story or the characters. I loved everything about it!Stella Lane is a thirty year old econometrician who is smart and successful, but lacking in one area of her life. 5+ Stars!!! There isn't much better as a reader than finding a debut novel that you have zero expectations for, and it blowing you away. The Kiss Quotient did just that. Helen Hoang wrote a book that is smart, sexy, made me laugh, and gave me just the right amount of feels. There wasn't one thing I would change about this story or the characters. I loved everything about it! Stella Lane is a thirty year old econometrician who is smart and successful, but lacking in one area of her life. Relationships. After her mother pressuring her to settle down and meet someone, Stella decides it's time she gives it a try. Stella has Aspergers, a high-functioning form of Autism that makes her a little awkward when it comes to relationships, sex, and certain social situations. Due to this, she decides to hire an escort to 'teach' her how to navigate this. This is where Michael enters. Michael is an escort, but he's so much more than that. He is a stand-up guy who only escorts on Friday nights as a way to help his family financially. Honestly, he feels that he has no choice. When he meets Stella, he is stunned someone like her would hire an escort. She fascinates him. Michael is kind to Stella, he's patient and understanding to her situation. So much so, that being with him one night won't do.  These were supposed to be simple sex lessons. Why was it getting so complicated? Michael and Stella develop a friendship and relationship of sorts. One of my favorite things about this book was seeing how Michael grew to care for Stella, embraced her quirks and handled everything that made her different. Both of these characters made my heart so happy. I adored them both and wanted nothing more than their relationship/friendship to go to the next level. One thing I found so refreshing about this book is Stella's character. I could tell Hoang knew what she was talking about when she wrote Stella. Even though Stella is much different than me, she was very relateable.  Michael and Stella brought out the best in one another and their connection and chemistry were off the charts. The Kiss Quotient is quite honestly one of the best books I've read this year. It was perfection. The story is refreshing and unique, and the writing is intelligent and fresh. I can't wait to see what else Helen Hoang has in store. I'll definitely be reading every and anything else she puts out! 
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  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    January 1, 1970
    lord jesus mama needs a cold shower
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Re-read 6/12/18: Hi hello I am still SO obsessed with this book. If you haven’t read it yet, PLEASE READ IT. You absolutely will not regret it. Original read 5/2/18: I am a swooney mess, oh my LANTA. I haven’t swooned this hard since Joshua Templeman. My heart is so happy right now, I can’t even. WHAT A ROMANCE.
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    “I’m obsessed with you, Michael,” she confessed. I want to hug this book. But since I don't have the physical copy of it yet, I'm going to have to be satisfied with hugging my kindle. The story was even better the second time round. I remember the miscommunication bugging me when it happened the first time I read it. Now, I'm realising us humans do have a major issue with communicating because we're uncomfortable with being vulnerable. I appreciated even more how unapologetic Stella became. How “I’m obsessed with you, Michael,” she confessed. I want to hug this book. But since I don't have the physical copy of it yet, I'm going to have to be satisfied with hugging my kindle. The story was even better the second time round. I remember the miscommunication bugging me when it happened the first time I read it. Now, I'm realising us humans do have a major issue with communicating because we're uncomfortable with being vulnerable. I appreciated even more how unapologetic Stella became. How comfortable she became in her skin. It was so powerful to read. This story was just so pure and wholesome. My heart is full. ---------------------------I confess that I am obsessed with this book. These characters. I had problems breathing properly on several occasions. Why did no one prepare me for the amount of damn, steamy scenes were going to be in this book?!I could’ve died just by swooning, good lord.Stella is my hero. Michael is my husband. (Book-boyfriend is too short term!) I need this man in my life. I’m liking that more and more romance novels are coming out now that have substance and depth to them. In the past, they were pure enjoyment for me and they still are, but I was learning so much about high-functioning autism whilst reading this book.It just reinforces how much I love fiction. Storytelling is the most perfect of ways to understand the plight of others, because there are emotions that get triggered when we read which allows us to form a bond to the story and its characters. This then leads us to remember specific aspects of the story that have touched us the most, creating empathy. Storytelling deals with subject matters that make us fundamentally human. And they say fiction isn’t educational.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    #1 The Kiss Quotient #2 The Bride Test Sometimes, you hear so much hype for a book that you reach the point where you’re almost afraid to read it, because your hopes are so high that you just know, if it disappoints you even an iota, you’re going to be totally crushed… right? It’s the worst feeling and it can make it so hard to finally pick up that superlatively popular read, because nobody wants to be the only person who hates a book, right? “All the things that make you different make you #1 The Kiss Quotient ★★★★★#2 The Bride Test ★★★★☆Sometimes, you hear so much hype for a book that you reach the point where you’re almost afraid to read it, because your hopes are so high that you just know, if it disappoints you even an iota, you’re going to be totally crushed… right? It’s the worst feeling and it can make it so hard to finally pick up that superlatively popular read, because nobody wants to be the only person who hates a book, right? “All the things that make you different make you perfect.” Nah, I’m just playing with you guys—this book was everything I ever hoped it would be and more. Oh, my gosh, I cannot even describe how much I adored this book! I literally picked it up with the goal of reading a few chapters for my buddy read, and bam! , it was way past my bedtime and I was sitting here in some sort of shocked state, like, “How do I even follow up how freaking perfect that was?!” She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. Seriously, The Kiss Quotient is worth every single ounce of hype it has received and so much more. The chemistry is on fire, the story is so fun and captivating, and these characters—you can’t help but love them. Stella is incredible. I loved being inside her head, and knowing that it’s own-voice autism rep, I wasn’t surprised by how much of what she said mirrored things my own autistic loved ones have shared with me (as well as feelings I myself have had, having strongly suspected that I am autistic for a very long time but never having sought out a diagnosis). Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite. While Stella is the star, Michael is honestly just as lovable and precious as she is. He’s this biracial Vietnamese/Swedish man, though the only family we meet of his is the Vietnamese side, and they are all so lovable and wonderful, even down to his obnoxious sisters. I loved every scene in his mother’s home, I loved his dedication to his mother and family in general, and I just cherished all of Michael’s motives and inner dialogue so much. “I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time.” Between the cuteness, the math, the fake dating trope done flawlessly, the steamy sweet moments, and the fantastic focus on consent… I honestly have nothing but good things to say about The Kiss Quotient. Instead of rambling on, I’ll just echo the tons of other people saying if you haven’t read this book, you need to! It’s wonderful, charming, sad, heavy, and sweet, all wrapped up into one emotional little bundle of romance, sex, and family.———Buddy read with Owl!
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  • Penelope Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading this Friday night on a plane, and as usual, I suspected I probably wouldn't make it past chapter 3 before just putting on my headphones and opening up my laptop to write instead. Most of my readers know I don't read much romance anymore, not because it's not good, but because I write it all day, I kind of need a break when I'm reading for pleasure. So I veer toward other genres. It's like a hairstylist, you know? You think their families would constantly be able to get their I started reading this Friday night on a plane, and as usual, I suspected I probably wouldn't make it past chapter 3 before just putting on my headphones and opening up my laptop to write instead. Most of my readers know I don't read much romance anymore, not because it's not good, but because I write it all day, I kind of need a break when I'm reading for pleasure. So I veer toward other genres. It's like a hairstylist, you know? You think their families would constantly be able to get their hair done, but oh, no. They're the last people to get their hair done! A stylist comes home, that's the last thing they want to do! lolSo anyway, I started reading. And I kept reading. By chapter 2 I was laughing. By chapter 3 I was like "oh, yeah." By chapter 5 I was denying my complimentary pretzels and Sprite. And by chapter 12 my tired eyes were glancing between my Kindle screen and the hotel room clock, knowing I had to be up for a signing in 7 hours, and should I go to sleep or...ok, just after this part and then I'll definitely go to bed. The author gives us an incredible hero in this story. He has a tough hurdle to overcome, but he's noble and strong but also incredibly hot. He has just the right amount of edge and a touch of bad boy, but at the same time he's doing what he has to do and he's the only man who understands Stella. This guy from a completely different world than her is the only man who can talk to her and connect with her. When they strip everything away and are alone, close and quiet, they are everything the other one will ever need. Stella is strong and smart, educated and awkward in social situations, and I absolutely loved her. I connected with her. What built between these pages was a relationship between a striving woman and the man she hired to help her, both of whom never expected or tried to make it happen. It wasn't supposed to happen. The lines of the professional relationship start to blur, and slowly, their bond seals, even as they try to resist it. I loved this story. I loved both of the characters. I adored the side characters and how everything felt natural, the writing flowed, and the heat and need and longing for someone you're not supposed to fall for got stronger and stronger. And I really wish Hoang had more books out right now!Give this one a try when it releases, everyone! You won't be sorry!! And I can't wait to read your thoughts. And have others to swoon with <3 Because I feel so alone right now. Lol
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, I am just going to up my rating to 5 stars. I devoured every sweet, smutty page of this story. Again. While I am not blind to this romance’s flaws, I simply love it. I feel like this story was written exclusively for me. Original review The last time I enjoyed a romance novel this much was... hm, I think the word I am reaching for is NEVER. I am always looking for good love stories but rarely find them. This book scratched my romance itch just right. I pretty much loved it.So the setup Alright, I am just going to up my rating to 5 stars. I devoured every sweet, smutty page of this story. Again. While I am not blind to this romance’s flaws, I simply love it. I feel like this story was written exclusively for me. Original review The last time I enjoyed a romance novel this much was... hm, I think the word I am reaching for is NEVER. I am always looking for good love stories but rarely find them. This book scratched my romance itch just right. I pretty much loved it.So the setup goes like this. An autistic econometritian unable to form relationships and under pressure from her mom to start a family hires a male escort to teach how to “be good at sex” so she knows how to attract and keep a man. She doesn’t really like to be touched, so this challenge is no joke. If you’ve read romances or at least watched Pretty Woman, you can see what happens next. The escort Stella hires is hot and fun, and most importantly, kind.You know how you read something soul-crushing like Cat Person or that notorious recap of a date with Aziz Ansari and get nauseous and depressed? Well “The Kissing Quotient” is the opposite of that. It is a celebration of human connection, consent, pleasure and, as clinical as it sounds, enthusiastically reading the other person’s nonverbal cues.As it always happens with romance novels, I did lose a little interest once the hottest part was over and the inevitable dramatic breakup started unfolding before the final sprint to HEA (I am not really keen on wedding, engagements, babies, etc.) To the author’s credit, the novel mostly stayed away from tedious misunderstandings I loathe.But all in all this was a fantastic experience. A romance equally hot and sweet.You can request it on Netgalley.
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  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    January 1, 1970
    YESSSSSS! 2018 GR Choice Awards - Best Romance - Winner :)https://www.goodreads.com/choiceaward...----------------Even Sarah J. Maas recommends this book! Pls watch this video clip. :Phttps://www.today.com/popculture/thes...----------------Attention please! This book is going to be a movie soon. OMG I can't wait to see Stella & Michael on the screen. For more info, pls read this article! https://deadline.com/2018/08/the-kiss...----------------One of the best books of 2018 and THIS BOOK IS A YESSSSSS! 2018 GR Choice Awards - Best Romance - Winner :)https://www.goodreads.com/choiceaward...----------------Even Sarah J. Maas recommends this book! Pls watch this video clip. :Phttps://www.today.com/popculture/thes...----------------Attention please! This book is going to be a movie soon. OMG I can't wait to see Stella & Michael on the screen. 😍😍😍For more info, pls read this article! ❤https://deadline.com/2018/08/the-kiss...----------------One of the best books of 2018 and THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!! :) I'm begging you, please don't miss out this beautiful story. <3 I highly recommend it. ;) “All the things that make you different make you perfect.” Michael <3 *sigh* Trust me, you have to meet with him ASAP!!! :)
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is a 2018 Berkley publication. A real charmer!Stella, an Econometrician, has intimacy issues, perhaps a symptom of her Asperger’s. With her mother growing impatient for grandchildren, and after absorbing an ugly comment, which took aim at Stella’s lack of sexual experience, she decides to hire a male escort to ‘teach’ her everything she needs to know about dating and sex. Michael Phan has never had a client like Stella. She touches a part of him, he keeps The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is a 2018 Berkley publication. A real charmer!Stella, an Econometrician, has intimacy issues, perhaps a symptom of her Asperger’s. With her mother growing impatient for grandchildren, and after absorbing an ugly comment, which took aim at Stella’s lack of sexual experience, she decides to hire a male escort to ‘teach’ her everything she needs to know about dating and sex. Michael Phan has never had a client like Stella. She touches a part of him, he keeps barricaded, especially with clients. Her effect on him is so powerful, he agrees to give her lessons on sex and dating, against his better judgment, and breaking every single personal rule of his profession.However, their business arrangement soon develops into something neither of them could have anticipated. Before long, Stella begins to figure in a new type of equation- love!Okay, I’ve seen the huge marketing push for the book, and I’ve had many friends on social media and book sites fawning it. From experience I know when a book gets this level of hype it is very important to approach it with a modicum of caution. Even though I was chomping at the bit to start this one, pushing everything else to the wayside if need be, I cooled my engines and let some of the furor die down before I finally allowed myself to read it. So, did it live up to all that publicity?I adored this story. It’s unique, featuring a female character who struggles to find her niche in a world that embraces conformity and uniformity. I don’t have Asperger’s syndrome, but I am an extreme introvert, so I could relate to some of the struggles Stella fought to overcome. I immediately warmed to her character and hoped she would find the confidence she had buried inside of her all along.While I didn’t know how to feel about Michael’s unorthodox occupation, I did LOVE this guy’s gentle patience. It was fun watching Stella crawl under his skin, seeing how he understood her, quirks and all, and how they managed to create a relationship with each other, as Michael slowly draws Stella out. Michael turned out to be a terrific hero, and I might have developed a secret and deliciously sinful crush on him. That said, the book was still a wee bit over-hyped. While I understand why some felt this one was special and deserved a lot of attention, the format, at its core, is not much different from any other contemporary romance. The writing or prose didn't set it apart from any other books out there, although it is obvious the author knew her subject matter intimately. What does set it apart is the diversity, and the boldness of placing a character with Asperger’s as a lead in a romantic comedy. The delicate balance of approaching the syndrome with respect and the gravity it deserves, while adding in humor and poignancy, is very well done. From that perspective the story is very original, unique, and refreshing! Everything you love about romance is here: It's hot and steamy, funny, charming, emotional, and inspiring, with a lovely feel good ending. However, this one gives voice to those rarely featured in these types of stories. I love that about this book!! I for one, applaud this new angle and approach to contemporary romance, and hope to see more books step away from the standard 'Plain Jane' tropes and branch out into new, mostly unexplored territory, in the romance genre. Books like this one could help the genre shake off a few of its hardwired stigmas and reach a much broader audience. 4.5 stars
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    Aww how cute is this?! I wanted to read this because of the #ownvoices autistic storyline, but hesitated for ages because...adult romance is not my thing lmao. But I was too curious not to try, so here I am and my opinion is seriously: AWW HOW CUTE IS THIS.It almost reminded me of Lara Jean x Peter Kavinsky...with the fake dating. But grown up. And with a lot of sex. And he's an escort and she's an autistic and works in economics instead. \_(ツ)_/ So um nothing alike but the FAKE DATING. It's a Aww how cute is this?! I wanted to read this because of the #ownvoices autistic storyline, but hesitated for ages because...adult romance is not my thing lmao. But I was too curious not to try, so here I am and my opinion is seriously: AWW HOW CUTE IS THIS.It almost reminded me of Lara Jean x Peter Kavinsky...with the fake dating. But grown up. And with a lot of sex. And he's an escort and she's an autistic and works in economics instead. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ So um nothing alike but the FAKE DATING. It's a freaking good trope.It was really addictive to read. I powered through it in a few hours and it was sweet and soft and kind. Like woah give us a man like Michael who: sews, has lots of sisters that he takes care of, he loves and supports his mum like nothing else, he designs clothes, he respects women, he cooks, he's a martial arts dude. afdksal his Michael though. He's also biracial Vietnamese and there's so much family love and culture woven into the story!And their romance was such a slow burn emotional build up. I don't even LIKE solely-romance books but I was just flipping pages, teeth gritted, whispering, "They better frikkin work out or else I love them too much."And the autism rep nearly made me cry with how perfect it was. I think it's the little things that made it so real, so accurate, and so so up-lifting. And also at the end when Stella says a big loud NO to changing herself and just says: I am autistic and this is who I am and I'm not broken. And I'm just scREAM cheering in the background. As an autistic myself, late diagnosed too, I just totally fell in love with Stella. She's not a stereotype! She's kind and loving and sweet, and also super sensitive and fixated on routines and obsessions. If you want to read a book to really see what it's like being an autistic woman = CHOOSE THIS ONE.This book has given me all mushy feels. Aww. It was two people genuinely falling in love while convinced the other didn't love them that was so good to read. And good autism rep!? And sweet characters who I both loved incredibly. THIS WAS SOFT™. (But like...a lot of sex lmao. I mainly read YA so this was a bit 0_0 for me, but still.)
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    well, if this wasnt just the most wholesome story i have read in a while. my goodness. this was so pure. i think romance books have improved so much lately. its been quite wonderful to see romance stories with so much depth to them, beyond just two people in love/lust. not that the swoon-worthy parts arent great, but now i can actually say i read the books for the plot, and mean it. :Pwhat i really enjoyed about this book, specifically, was getting the opportunity to read from the perspective of well, if this wasnt just the most wholesome story i have read in a while. my goodness. this was so pure. i think romance books have improved so much lately. its been quite wonderful to see romance stories with so much depth to them, beyond just two people in love/lust. not that the swoon-worthy parts arent great, but now i can actually say i read the books for the plot, and mean it. :Pwhat i really enjoyed about this book, specifically, was getting the opportunity to read from the perspective of character who has autism. having such a unique character made it very interesting to read about how differently emotions can be processed and interrupted. this story made me think about what romance means to not only me, but other people. i will admit, at times the plot was a little unrealistic. but i thought the characters were the most real thing about this story. they felt very authentic and genuine and helped the story feel more natural. after reading this, i can completely understand the massive attention this book has gotten over the past few months. its the perfect story for those looking for a lovely feel-good book to end their summer!↠ 4 stars
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so easy to love; I can see why it's getting all the attention it so richly deserves. The Kiss Quotient is the perfect example of own voices that we desperately crave more of. The author is more than qualified to write this story, and I really appreciate how she accurately portrayed the characters and also how she included a deeper aspect of understanding what Stella's parents have journeyed through as well. Highly recommend the audio version as the narrator was engaging and This book was so easy to love; I can see why it's getting all the attention it so richly deserves. The Kiss Quotient is the perfect example of own voices that we desperately crave more of. The author is more than qualified to write this story, and I really appreciate how she accurately portrayed the characters and also how she included a deeper aspect of understanding what Stella's parents have journeyed through as well. Highly recommend the audio version as the narrator was engaging and pleasant to listen to. **********Adding on another library audio because I’m needing something upbeat to balance out all of the dark reads. My daughter was diagnosed with ASD when she was 3 years old and identifies on the side of the spectrum that was formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, so I will greedily devour most any novel that features a female Aspie.
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Update.. This is going to be a feature film!!!!If you haven’t read this charming book yet...consider it!!!!! I’m completely mush over this debut. Author Helen Hoang moved me to tears ... ( embarrassing to say how much)...I found it so heartwarming- that even the word heartwarming isn’t big enough. A love story .... that I loved!
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars To sum up my reading experience of The Kiss Quotient, I would have to say it’s like, not love.I really wanted to love The Kiss Quotient. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. I think the hype ruined it for me, as I had mighty high expectations going into this. 25-year-old econometrician Stella has autism; she’s high functioning but has trouble with social skills and intimacy, amongst other issues. Her mother wants grandbabies and pressures her to date. But Stella does not enjoy 3.5 stars To sum up my reading experience of The Kiss Quotient, I would have to say it’s like, not love.I really wanted to love The Kiss Quotient. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. I think the hype ruined it for me, as I had mighty high expectations going into this. 25-year-old econometrician Stella has autism; she’s high functioning but has trouble with social skills and intimacy, amongst other issues. Her mother wants grandbabies and pressures her to date. But Stella does not enjoy dating, nor does she like sex. When someone suggests to Stella that she practice honing her sexual skills, she takes their advice and hires male escort Michael, to teach her what she does not know. Michael happens to have a conscious and quickly realizes that Stella is different than the other woman that hire him. Genuinely wanting to help Stella, he goes against his rule of spending only one night with a client and allows Stella to book him for multiple sessions. The two fall in love, but must fight through their insecurities to stay together. “She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.” Stella’s character is what makes The Kiss Quotient stand out from other romances. It’s clear Hoang did her research and seamlessly incorporates Stella’s insecurities stemming from her autism. Autistic women don’t usually show up in romances, and Hoang takes a risk with Stella’s character. I also really liked Michael’s character; Hoang truly creates Stella’s perfect match with Michael.This is fast-paced, addictive, easy read. The premise is a little out there, but it makes sense especially after reading Hoang’s Author’s note. I just wish it hadn’t been so predictable. I saw how everything could play out very early on the book but I was hoping that Stella and Michael’s romance would take a different path; one that is as unique as their characters. Outside of Stella having autism, I feel like I have read books like this before. I was hoping for something a little more outside of the box, but it was overly predictable. Overall, I found this to be a fun, fluffy, and unfortunately, formulaic read.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2f your looking for a romantic, sweet & very steamy (seriously this is definitely an ADULT book) please kick up #thekissquotient by @helenhoangI fell in love with these characters and the plot and flew throughIt in a day! So addicting! So romantic and swoonworthy!!Also loved that our main character was autistic, we need more rep like that!Would highly recommend! 1/2Also again this is a very mature adult book so definitely a lot of adult times...if you catch my drift.Huge thanks to 4 1/2f your looking for a romantic, sweet & very steamy (seriously this is definitely an ADULT book) please kick up #thekissquotient by @helenhoang💋💕I fell in love with these characters and the plot and flew throughIt in a day! So addicting! So romantic and swoonworthy!!Also loved that our main character was autistic, we need more rep like that!Would highly recommend!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2Also again this is a very mature adult book so definitely a lot of adult times...if you catch my drift.Huge thanks to @berkleypub @berkleyromance for sending me an ARC.
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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    10 perfect stars!Review & Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages. All the things that make you different make you perfect.” I am in love. The Kiss Quotient is a beautiful and realistic debut novel that breaks stereotypes, embraces uniqueness, and makes one think about their self-worth. It’s the kind of book that will make you smile, swoon, tear up, and think. I was on cloud nine when I finished it. It’s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I’m still on a high! I haven’t read 10 perfect stars!Review & Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages. All the things that make you different make you perfect.” I am in love. The Kiss Quotient is a beautiful and realistic debut novel that breaks stereotypes, embraces uniqueness, and makes one think about their self-worth. It’s the kind of book that will make you smile, swoon, tear up, and think. I was on cloud nine when I finished it. It’s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I’m still on a high! I haven’t read anything since. It took me so long to articulate my thoughts, and I still don’t think I gave this book justice, but let me try.Stella Lane may be a well-paid and successful econometrician, but for her mother, nothing would be better than for Stella to finally give her parents some grand-babies. Babies mean intimacy and sex, two things Stella isn’t particularly well-versed. If she’s going to take her mother’s request seriously, she’s going to need to learn the ins and outs of sex. No pun intended.Who better to teach her than Michael? The beautiful man who can give Daniel Henney a run for his money definitely knows sex; he gets paid to seduce women and pleasure them. So she hires him to teach her. What Stella doesn’t consider is that maybe she’s looking at it the wrong way. Maybe it isn’t just sex she needs to learn, but relationships itself.Michael only sticks to doing his night job on Fridays, and never with the same client more than once. Stella’s request breaks so much of his personal rules, but he can’t help but say yes. The effect he felt the short time he spent with Stella was unlike anything he’s ever felt before. But those feelings need to get out of the way because he can’t have her. Stella is smart, rich, and beautiful, and she deserves so much more. Not a man with a past he continues to escape.As they go on with Love and Relationship 101, Stella and Michael learn so much more than what’s in their lesson plan. They learn about each other, and they both like it very much. Now, they just have to decide whether to pursue the real deal or not.This book is heartwarming, sweet, and angstier and steamier than I expected. And I’m not mad about it at all. This book made me tear up more than once because of Stella and Michael and how perfect they are for each other. To see two people so in sync and see how much they’re helping each other is heartwarming. It isn’t one-sided. Michael needs Stella as much as she needs him. I love Stella and Michael so much. Words aren’t enough to express my feelings about them. Stella is strong, endearing, and so precious. She’s a genuinely nice person, thoughtful and nurturing to others. As a person on the autism spectrum, she has issues with social interactions that can sometimes give the wrong impression to others; worse case scenario, it hurts or offends them. It’s not something she does on purpose, and she tries her best to be aware of her words and actions to keep it from happening again. My heart went out for her that she had to hide her condition, afraid that people might see and treat her differently.Sweet Michael. He’s everything I want and more. This man is hard-working, loyal to the core, sweet, and oh my Lord is he hot. This man will make your heart and panties fall, you guys. Such a cinnamon roll. And the tongue on this one. I am fanning myself right now!And I just have to say I love his family. It was such a delight to see the Vietnamese side of his family, their interaction with each other so genuine and fantastic. I’m looking forward to getting to know Khai in The Bride Test!With an engaging writing, amazing chemistry, and relatable characters you’ll fall in love with, The Kiss Quotient is a book you need to read. A perfect summer read. A perfect read for any time of the year, really. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my year! The Kiss Quotient is something I will never forget and will forever cherish in my heart. You need to read this book. I promise you won’t regret meeting Stella and Michael. Tropes: Escort, Fake RelationshipPOV:Third Person, Dual POVStandalone: Yes*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    The Kiss Quotient was heartwarming, charming and quite steamy! Stella Lane was completely endearing. She is smart, driven and living with high-functioning Aspergers. She also has relationship and intimacy issues. How does one overcome those? With a master teacher of course. Enter Michael Phan. He is suave, sexually experienced and a male escort. Sound familiar? It definitely had a flipped Pretty Woman vibe and you know what - it totally worked!Amidst their "lessons", Stella and Michael discover The Kiss Quotient was heartwarming, charming and quite steamy! Stella Lane was completely endearing. She is smart, driven and living with high-functioning Aspergers. She also has relationship and intimacy issues. How does one overcome those? With a master teacher of course. Enter Michael Phan. He is suave, sexually experienced and a male escort. Sound familiar? It definitely had a flipped Pretty Woman vibe and you know what - it totally worked!Amidst their "lessons", Stella and Michael discover there is much more to each other than meets the eye. They were just so cute together. Michael so patient, understanding and caring of Stella's need. In turn, Stella truly seeing him for who he is - encouraging him and accepting him. Is that a bit idealistic? Yes, it is but this is a romance novel. Isn't that part of its appeal. I easily got lost in their romance and found myself rooting for them to have their happily ever after. 🥰Helen Hoang has firmly rooted herself as a must read author for me. We are 2 for 2 with her novels and I am beyond excited as I anticipate book #3 with one of my FAVORITE & swoon-worthy side characters! Write quickly Ms. Hoang - your readers are anxiously awaiting more steamy, romantic goodness!!!!
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    1.) The Kiss Quotient 2.) The Bride Test -----------------------------------------------THIS WAS THE BEST. Michael reminded me SO MUCH of my husband and the romance was killer omg everyone go read this! 1.) The Kiss Quotient ★★★★★2.) The Bride Test ★★★★-----------------------------------------------THIS WAS THE BEST. Michael reminded me SO MUCH of my husband and the romance was killer omg everyone go read this!
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  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    “I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” Story Asperger Syndrome - a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities Readers often criticize that there isn’t enough representation of certain characters in “I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Asperger Syndrome - a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities Readers often criticize that there isn’t enough representation of certain characters in books. Starting with lgbt 🏳️‍🌈 characters and continuing with several psychological disorders - one of it being Asperger. I’m no professional at this issue, I only know the definition and some people who have it, but in my opinion this was a great representation of it. The whole story is about Michael and Stella. Stella is a successful business woman who works in econometrics. Her life seems good: she earns a great amount of money, has a great pair of parents and is beautiful and extremely smart. But there is one thing that never really works for her: Men. So one day she decides to take an escort to teach her how to have great sex. And with this decision she meets Michael, an escort for every type of woman. But only on Friday. Until he meets Stella and falls deeply in love with her.Whoa, this book is the perfect balance of sex, love and drama. Whoah, guys. If your prude or don’t want to read something smutty, then don’t read this book! Because 🔥🔥🔥This book Is hot and sweet and everything you wish for. I really really liked it, but in my opinion there could’ve been a little bit more action. More drama.Character ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “He has a mixed Vietnamese and Swedish heritage, that makes him look like the K-Drama star Daniel Henney.” Because I didn’t have a clue who that person above is, I googled him and found this: And whoah (that’s the second time is said that) my imagination was right, Michael is a really good looking and handsome character. And with his cute smile, which makes all the hearts explode, he’s even cuter.I like that the author makes him a in some way arrogant but still likable character. He’s kindhearted, charming and gives so much love to everyone around him. That makes him so precious 💕Next to him Stella is even more lovable. She’s so smart and a little bit weird and that makes her so adorable and awesome. She’s successful, smart, honest and still she’s a sensitive and friendly person with a big but rightful heart. I fell in love with her on the front page and it didn’t change throughout the book. These two were the most adorable couple I’ve read in a while ♥️Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wow, this was so hot 🔥 Phew. Phew. Phew. 💥💥💥The author is great at writing sexy scenes, that’s all I can say. I don’t want to spoiler you, (but it’s obvious - it’s a contemporary) but I love these two together. I mean their relationship was adorable, wonderful and so beautiful. And so pure. I mean, most of their problems were caused by huge misunderstandings and misinterpreted feelings and words. But again, there wouldn’t be no drama without these things. So, all in all, I loved the love in this story♥️ Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Well, that was beautiful. It was simple with a nice flow and pacing. The chapters are not that long, so you literally flow through the book. I finished it in just a few days and I’m so happy with it. It’s not my favorite, The hating game is unchallenged, but it was still wonderful and some time later I’ll definitely reread it.
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  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    well i promised myself i wasn't going to 5 star this, but then the author's note at the end made me cry like a lil bitchthis book was so excellent. like the blurb says, it's about a woman with autism who hires a male escort to help her with her own perceived social ineptitude. but honestly it's just a perfectly romantic story about two people who just really get and accept everything about each other.what did i like: almost everything but here's an actual list- stella had a typically masculine well i promised myself i wasn't going to 5 star this, but then the author's note at the end made me cry like a lil bitchthis book was so excellent. like the blurb says, it's about a woman with autism who hires a male escort to help her with her own perceived social ineptitude. but honestly it's just a perfectly romantic story about two people who just really get and accept everything about each other.what did i like: almost everything but here's an actual list- stella had a typically masculine job & michael had a traditionally female one!!! we love gendered job reversals!!!! (ALSO SWEDISH VIETNAMESE MALE LEAD)- stella was a REAL person and not just a diagnosis (who wasn't woe is me about it either!)- everything was on STELLA's terms... never pushed to have sex she was uncomfortable with- that being said there was a lot of hot sex™ that imo was not overdone- so many moments where i was GENUINELY clutching my chest at the romancewhat i did not like- michael's hang ups.... ur a grown adult man. get a grip a little bit??- douchey pervs that didn't have to meet their maker- wish there were more snippets of daily life to make the relationship a liiiiittle more fleshed out- that's literally it, i'm not satan in a sundress today folks, this book rocked in general, i think you will love this if you feel like you haven't met your "person" yet or if you have and are really really happy about it. i love understanding, i love communication. thanks book, for having both.********************buddy read with a fellow romance loving pal, haley!
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  • Navessa
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this in a single sitting. And it was fucking delicious.For me, this book has everything going for it. It's dramatic, emotional, educational, complex, diverse, and hotter than sin. This is an own voices romance with a female lead on the autism spectrum, and the entire plot setup revolves around her commitment to becoming better at sex. Because, for Stella, being touched by another human is a tricky, sometimes highly unenjoyable experience. So what's a modern, successful, driven woman I devoured this in a single sitting. And it was fucking delicious.For me, this book has everything going for it. It's dramatic, emotional, educational, complex, diverse, and hotter than sin. This is an own voices romance with a female lead on the autism spectrum, and the entire plot setup revolves around her commitment to becoming better at sex. Because, for Stella, being touched by another human is a tricky, sometimes highly unenjoyable experience. So what's a modern, successful, driven woman to do? Hire a male escort to give her sex lessons, obviously. Enter Michael. He's half Vietnamese, and half Swedish, and described as looking like Daniel Henney, only hotter. YES, PLEASE.He also comes with a lot of (understandable) baggage. His dad is an epic douche, and because of how he treated Michael and the rest of his family, Michael is left feeling like he's never going to be good enough. For himself, for his mother, and also for Stella. From their very first interaction, it's obvious that these two have some serious chemistry, and the pages practically smoldered beneath my fingertips as I was reading. This is definitely one of those romances that could be listed as an erotic one, so for those of you who like your love stories without the physical act of love in them, be aware of that. But this is also so much more than smexy times. Stella has never had a boyfriend before, and as their relationship changes, she has to learn how to navigate through all the social interactions that come with that: meeting Michael's friends, his family, going out to strange places with him. For someone on the autism spectrum, that can be a living nightmare. The social anxiety, the sound sensitivity, the potential for stimulus overload, it made for some tense and suuuuper awkward situations. I felt so much for Stella because of her unabashed way of relating all of the above. And for Michael as well, because, like I mentioned before, he comes with his own set of issues and is brutally honest about them to himself. This whole story just felt so real, if that makes sense. Most romance drama always feels borderline OTT to me, like, just TALK TO EACH OTHER AND RESOLVE THIS SHIT. The kind of petty misunderstandings and stubborn lack of communication that makes me want to rip my hair out. This book, while definitely heavy on the internal conflict toward the end, never felt like that. Because Stella and Michael's voices are both so separate and unique and relatable that I got why they were having trouble communicating. This is a romance, after all, so in the end it all works out. And, for me, it’s one of those refreshing, modern, feminist, cathartic books that I can see myself re-reading every time I start to lose my faith in this genre. So, yeah. That should tell you everything you need to know about how much I loved this.This review can also be found on The Alliterates.
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    5+++++ STARS I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” There's only one way to summarize my feelings for this book, and that's to tell you that it's an ABSOLUTE FREAKING MUST READ. The Kiss Quotient was quite possibly the most charming, addictingly satisfying romance I’ve read all year! It was everything. ALL OF THE THINGS. And I’m on cloud 9 after finishing it! I don 5+++++ STARS I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” There's only one way to summarize my feelings for this book, and that's to tell you that it's an ABSOLUTE FREAKING MUST READ. The Kiss Quotient was quite possibly the most charming, addictingly satisfying romance I’ve read all year! It was everything. ALL OF THE THINGS. And I’m on cloud 9 after finishing it! I don’t even know what I’ll do with myself now because nothing could ever compare to the ultimate perfection that was this unique and wonderful story full feels and steam. Nothing I could say could possibly do it justice, but I'll try.The heroine: Stella LaneHow I loved her. Here's a female that's the very antithesis of your typical romance heroine and she was PHENOMENAL. When I first read the blurb and saw that Stella has Asperger, I was so curious to see how the author would depict her. And I can tell you that I couldn't be more satisfied. There's just something so incredibly endearing and ultimately just...real, about Stella. She's full of quirks, but she's also vibrant in her own way. She has a fulfilling and successful career, but relationships and sex are such a foreign subject to her, that she continually suffers through terrible dates and unsatisfying sexual encounters. With her family's constant pressure for her to finally settle down, she knows that she needs help. And so she gets that, when she hires an escort to guide her through the art of dating and relationships.The hero: Michael PhanGah! JUST GAH! This man. I can't even begin to describe all of the ways I adored him. Forced to work as an escort in order to help his family, Michael doesn't exactly brag about being an escort. As a matter of fact, it's more of his shameful secret. Used to women seeing him for just his looks, he's almost jaded on relationships....until he meets beautiful and sexually clueless Stella. There's just something about her that makes him question everything he thought he knew. Their connection is instant and so potent, I felt the energy of it sizzle on the pages. Here's a man that's not a playboy (escort aside), he's not an a-hole either. There was also something so real about Michael to me. I adored his relationship with his quirky and colorful family. But I absolutely loved the way he was with Stella. He's the perfect gentleman with a filthy mouth. God but I loved him. I loved him so freaking hard.This book was simply amazing. It was unique and fresh and full of heart. It was unlike any other romance I've read and I couldn't get enough of it. Helen Hoang has got an instant mega fan in this reader. I will blindly read ANYTHING she writes, no blurb required. She's a talent that EVERYONE needs to discover and this book one that EVERYONE needs to fall in love with. Because that's exactly what will happen when you meet Michael and Stella; you'll fall head over heels for them same as I did. This romance will stay with you, it will engrain itself into your memory and make your heart feel full with it's emotion. In a nutshell; read it, read it, JUST READ IT!!ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5-steamy stars rounded up**This book filled my heart and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did! My cup runneth over. Thank you, Michael Phan. I love you.Focus, Meg, focus!Feeling pressure from her parents, Stella Lane, decides she needs help in the relationship department. She's of a 'certain age' and they, especially her mom, are expecting things from her.Stella, who has Asperger's, finds direct contact and intimacy extremely difficult. She is hoping with some professional **4.5-steamy stars rounded up**This book filled my heart and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did! My cup runneth over. Thank you, Michael Phan. I love you.Focus, Meg, focus!Feeling pressure from her parents, Stella Lane, decides she needs help in the relationship department. She's of a 'certain age' and they, especially her mom, are expecting things from her.Stella, who has Asperger's, finds direct contact and intimacy extremely difficult. She is hoping with some professional guidance, she can at least learn well enough to make it work with an appropriate match. Therefore, she hires a male escort to teach her. As you do...Introducing Michael Phan, who I literally fell in love with in the first 20-pages of the story. Instalove much?The reader gets taken on a journey through Stella and Michael's sessions that will leave you thinking, maybe Stella is on to something. Michael was so kind and had such patience with her, I dare you not to find him attractive.The scenes were steamy but still tender in an oddly compelling way. There is a lot of dirty talk though, so if that is not your thing, you maybe want to avoid this but otherwise, give it a shot!Obviously, towards the end, I did get frustrated a bit with the lack of communication between the characters, but I understand you need some drama. Ultimately, I was very pleased with the conclusion!I would definitely recommend this to other Adult Romance readers, although I feel like I am actually the last one to read it. I am really looking forward to continuing on with the companion novels in this series.
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