Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

Rating: ★★★★☆
"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."

Steamy and instantly a classic!

One of the most hyped romances in the last year! I can definitely see why, now. It was, in its strong moments, purely delectable and captivating. The amount of representation in it alone is what makes this novel so satisfying and worthwhile to read. I loved so much in it: the romance, the steaminess in said romance, the characters, etc.

It was definitely one of those books that snuck up on me. I'm smitten. I loved that Hoang took several overused romantic tropes (!!!!) and spun them around; weaving them into the story a bit different than her contemporaries. My favourite parts of The Kiss Quotient include (but aren't limited to) the autism representation, Vietnamese culture and gender stereotypes being reversed.

The Kiss Quotient has so many wonderful qualities to it and provides reader with a much more diverse romance. In short? The Kiss Quotient not only invigorates its readers, it gives the genre a much needed push into representing more types of people and romance.

That being said, there are some flaws in the book. I don't necessarily think that it takes away from the story. While this may put the brakes on the reading experience for some readers, I think that it is definitely one of those modern day releases that are destined to become an indulgent classic.

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