Happy Release Day to Helen Hoang! THE KISS QUOTIENT is Helen's debut novel and we wish her many, MANY more successes! Marie reviewed the novel and she absolutely loved it! Keep scrolling to check out her review as well as an excerpt from the book!
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...
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When I began this book, I wasn’t impressed. The idea of a woman feeling like she must use an escort service to experience intimacy really rubbed me the wrong way. I know she is in a unique situation, having Asperger’s, but I’ve known plenty of people who share the same situation and have found intimacy and love on their own. I was so irritated by this, that I almost put the book down.
I am SO glad that I didn’t.
This book simply blew me away. The way that the author portrays Stella, with all of her complexities, is beautiful. And as Stella embarks on this journey, it touches home to so many of us who deal with social anxieties and self-doubt. She becomes a beacon of understanding, I would imagine, for people with Asperger’s and Autism, and undoubtedly gives them courage to be who you are and what you want in life no matter the obstacle. It’s just absolutely inspiring.
The man at the heart of this story is no doubt portrayed just as wonderfully. Michael is the escort that Stella hires to help her tackle sexual experiences, and whew! That man is sexy as hell. He is patient. He is kind. He works hard to understand Stella and what makes her comfortable, what makes her open personally and sexually. Not only are all of these moments sweet and incredibly erotic, they are real. And as their sexual relationship matures, their romantic relationship blooms. It isn’t without bumps along the way, but it is the kind of relationship that sticks with you long after you turn that last page.
The Kiss Quotient made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think about my own intimacy and how to better the connection between myself and my partner. But above all else, it made me infinitely happy. This journey is one that I am so blessed to have experienced as a reader and will encourage everyone I know to do the same.
I voluntarily read a copy of the book generously provided by Berkley Romance in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.
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.