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

Blurb:

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)

Book Review: The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

I loved my previous read by Ellen Berry so much that I had to visit the book store in order to pick up the next novel in her Rosemary Lane series – The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane. This story centres on Della’s younger sister, Roxanne Cartwright, who is a fashion editor at the top of her game. Her job is her life, until a new boss is brought in shake things up. With her career in turmoil, Roxanne goes back to the quiet Yorkshire village she grew up in. She has braced herself for boredom but soon discovers that Burley Bridge has changed. Lively shops have popped up, including a new bakery that fills the village with the delicious smells of cinnamon and baking bread. She finds herself drawn to the bakery and to Michael, the baker. Roxanne adjusts to village life, and begins to wonder whether her heart really does belong to fashion.

I enjoyed this read and the insight into the story of a woman who comes to the realisation that she may have to change the direction in her life to become more fulfilled. This tale was not as humorous and riveting as the first in the series, but I still enjoyed the story. I did feel as though the ending were a little rushed and wished the writer could have spent more time on it.

I am still a fan of Ellen Berry and look forward to reading the next in the series – which will come out in July 2018.

Do you enjoy reading tales that are a part of a collection?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 25th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Book Review: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

After reading two psychological thrillers in a row, I decided I needed a change of genre. I made the decision to read one of the novels that I had picked up during a sale at a bookstore: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry. I chose this novel as I liked the blurb on the back – especially the character’s wish for a cookbook titled Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You.

The story centres around Della Cartwright whose mother leaves her hundreds of cookbooks when she dies. Wanting to share all these recipes, she decides to open a bookshop in Rosemary Lane in the village where she grew up. The story is not only about opening a bookshop though. Instead it is a story about a 50 year old woman whose daughter has left home to begin university, and who does not seem to have a close relationship with her husband. Della’s story is told with sensitivity and humour.

“They (the cookbooks) did though – three days later – not because Mark and Sophie had granted permission but because Della had decided she didn’t need anyone’s approval to assume custody of her mother’s books. They were hers by right, for goodness’ sake. Easy As Pie was related to her by blood. The Avocado Handbook and Elegant Catering were moving into 57 Pickering Street and, short of armed security being installed at the front door, nothing was going to stop them.” (p34, AVON a division of Harper Collins Publishers, 2016)

Throughout the novel, Della comes to the realisation that what she wants is important – as important as what others want. I enjoyed reading about her journey as she makes the decisions that embrace her taking back her life. I was definitely on her side and cheered when she successfully opens her bookshop despite criticism.

I enjoyed reading this tale and could not resist giving it 5 stars on Goodreads. I loved it so much that I visited the book store to buy the next story in this series.

Have you read any of Ellen Berry’s Books?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 24th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)