The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
First published May 30th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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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 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…
This was the sweetest, most addicting romance I’ve read. I was completely glued to the pages and I loved every second of it! I tend to not read romance novels, especially adult ones. I do like ya contemporary books but I just never tend to go for adult or new adult. But when I heard about this book, I just had to get it.
This is an amazing own voices book about Stella. She has Asperger’s syndrome, and she feels that she is socially very inexperienced. She puts in her mind that she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, and that leads us to Michael, her new escort. Michael is Vietnamese from his mother’s side and Swedish from his father’s and he is considered to be extremely hot (apparently pretty much a doppelganger of Daniel Henney). But what starts as a training for Stella, and a job for Michael evolves into something else…
Stella is an AMAZING person! I absolutely loved her. She is also incredibly relatable for me in more things than I knew possible. I don’t think I ever connected with a character as much as I did with her. Plus, we freaking have the same birth date! (That freaking made my day!). She is a really unique character and I loved to know her.
The thing about Stella is that her autism makes it difficult for her to connect to the outside world in the way other people do. What is for many a normal thing – to interact with others – for her turns into a minefield. What to say, what not to say, how much eye contact, touching other people, being touched, it’s just some of the things she struggles with. She made me feel so understood! I have a 38 out of 50 in the Autism Spectrum Quotient, where 33-50 range indicates significant Autistic traits. I don’t believe I am autistic by any means, but I do have certain traits, that sometimes make my life a bit difficult… And that’s what made me connect with Stella so much.
And that’s also why I loved Michael. He is the most caring, respectful, amazing being ever. He always made sure she was feeling good, that she was okay with how things were going, everything. He just had the utmost respect for her and that really touched me. I loved seeing them together and it really managed to touch my heart. Plus, this book was for sure steamy and I loved it!
They end up helping each other along the way, sometimes not even noticing. Stella becomes much more confident and Michael becomes a lot more positive. I loved how their relationship processed. How slow, caring, and natural it felt. It’s difficult for me to describe it, but this is one of the most beautiful, emotional and sexy books I’ve read and I can’t wait for the next one!
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