The Kiss Quotient Review
Title: The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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...
Man oh man, did I enjoy this book! It was sweet, funny, endearing, and oh so steamy!!!
I went into this book completely blind. Of course, I read the blurb but I received the ARC and had little to formulate any outside assumptions about what this book held inside. I was blown away. It was such a fun and enjoyable read. Literally read it in one day. I just had to know what was going to happen. I mean, I knew what was going to happen- it's a romance after all. But the journey was so worth the back pain I'm currently feeling from reading it all day.
I throughly enjoyed the fact that the female had the amazing job and the money while the male struggled and was barely getting by. That is something that we hardly see in romance and I loved the flip. I also very much enjoyed the fact that the female had a "disability". I've read other romances with a main character who had autism and really liked them- Shay Savage does an amazing job in her book Win Some, Lose Some. I don't have autism so it was so interesting to me read a book with a character who has such a different world view from mine. I could relate to her in some ways, I'm OCD in my need to have my home a certain way and pretty horrible in social situations but her fears and anxiety were so real and sometimes so un-relatable it made me connect to her, if that makes sense...?
Also, Michael was amazing! He was just such a real person to me. He was dealing with stuff that everyone deals with- family pressure, bills, insurance, money, cancer, siblings, putting dreams on hold. He was just such an every-man character but with added sexiness. Having Michael be the escort was so refreshing!!! The trope reversal was fantastic! It was also pretty cool to have a main character that had a completely different culture than mine. Like with Stella, I got to experience a different piece of the world with Michael. Having Michael's POV with his family and his close ties to his culture was so interesting because it's so different from my own (if you want to know my own culture watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding- that tells you everything...).
This was an amazing first novel by Hoang and I honestly can't wait for more by her. Her writing style is unique and wonderful. I relished this story (and not just because it was very, very steamy). This was just such a surprising like for me that I can't help but gush. I highly recommend this book. Especially if you need to laugh and want to feel a rush of heat. Warning- this book will make your glasses steam. The passion is intense and very delicious.
Luckily, this is not the end but the start of what I hope will be a long and very fun series. The second book is set to be published next spring and I'm not sure I will be able to wait that long....
Hoang has made a lovely addition to my automatic buy list. I literally can't wait for next spring! It can't come fast enough!!!