Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I was in the mood for some Romance reading and while browsing at our local bookstore, I came across a book that came highly recommended on social media: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. They synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up.

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction


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…

My thoughts:

I was in the mood for a feel-good romance and Hoang delivered! I love that Stella is a heroine with a difference and that she is not portrayed as perfect. She makes mistakes, mistakes that are believable as we know she has Asperger’s. As I read Stella’s story, I gained a little understanding of how someone with Asperger’s would react to changes in her life and routine. Her reactions only endeared me more to the character and made me invested in her story.

Not only does the reader get to know Stella’s side of the story, but also gains insight into Michael’s thoughts – a man who works as an escort one day a week. The reader slowly understands why he is a perfect fit for our heroine – and why she is for him. The stories of both characters are told with insight – especially the experience of Stella. The slow pace of their falling in love is exquisite and one that had me rapidly turning the pages.

The Kiss Quotient is not a cheesy romance – though it is steamy and sexy. The sex scenes are described in detail so, if these paragraphs are not for you, skip them and immerse yourself in a wonderful story that will make you smile. This novel was such a fun read for me and perfect for an afternoon of reading on the sofa. I will definitely be reading another romance by this author.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 23rd in my book pledge for 2019)

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