Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Group
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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…
When romance won for the genre for the month of March I once again recommended The Kiss Quotient. I think I have recommended it at least 4 times. Every time romance wins I suggest it and hope that maybe this will be the time. Imagine my delight when it actually won this time around. I couldn’t wait to read this romance book.
Firstly, I need to apologize to all my book club ladies. I did not realize that it would be that steamy of a book. I just assumed that it would be a nice sweet romance that was clean and reader-friendly, something that I would give my mother to read. However, that was the best participation we have had for a book in a while so maybe you all enjoyed it?!? Stella is brilliant. She is an Econometrician. She also has Aspergers. She hires an escort to help her with sex then later just changes it to learn how to have a relationship. Michael, whom she hires, doesn’t plan on falling for her. OMG, this book was really good. I enjoyed every minute of it. I was left wanting more at the end. I know that it’s a series but it’s not with the same characters. I loved all of the characters and how they evolved through the book. Stella learned that all of her quirks are lovable and not something that she should hide. Yes, she probably could take some social cues in some situations but that is fine. Michael learned that he is not his father and that he is capable of love.
The way the author wrote her autism was amazing. She seems like she has a working knowledge of it. Perhaps someone close to her has it and she is able to write it from experience. I love that Stella learned things as she went. That she actually liked French Kissing, if it was with Michael. She loved going out of her routine as long as it was with Michael. She found her person that completed her and I think that she knew it. She just needed to figure out how to show him. The fact that through her work she realized that buying him underwear was the way cracked me up. I will definitely be reading the second book in this series. I actually already own in and will probably be moving it to the top of my to be read pile. Seeing as how I have some free time recently it won’t take me long to get to it.
STAR RATING: 5/5
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