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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Book Review

36199084Goodreads blurb: 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 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…

“She didn’t know how to be semi-interested in something. She was either indifferent . . . or obsessed.” -Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

In a world of a thousand romances, The Kiss Quotient is different. While there is still plenty of spicy romance, the main character Stella is autistic. Stella lives a protective bubble and is fairly content with her life sticking to her comfort zone. It isn’t until her mother’s insistence that she marry and start a family, that we are given a front seat viewing as Stella navigates the minefield of her social awkwardness in the dating world.

Once you get past the idea of a woman hiring an escort to coach her through sex and having a boyfriend…(because that happens everyday, right?) the precedent is set for believability.  It was interesting having insight into Stella’s thought process; I can’t imagine how exhausting her life is, constantly preparing her next move and planning conversations. From her point of view, it makes sense why she’d hire a teacher boyfriend!

“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”

As for Michael, right off the bat we realize he doesn’t enjoy his weekend job, but it’s good money and THE BILLS! (There’s so much mention of the mysterious bills) As far as Michael believes, he must be just like his dad because…genetics? I don’t know. I mean, I like to think we aren’t all doomed to become our parents (unless your parents are those cool parents that you like being best friends with…) just because you share some DNA. I hurts my heart a little that Michael doesn’t give himself any of the credit he deserves. During the book, there are quite a few annoying times where he wastes SO MUCH TIME by assuming one thing after another. To be honest, I started to become exhausted by his whining. I really do enjoy Michael’s relationship with his family. You can tell he feels a huge responsibility to take care of all the women in his life and it is very endearing.

Now, the sex is hot, even blushingly so, but let’s be honest, we need more than that to have a good novel. While I was intrigued by the premise and the spin on your typical romance, I found the story-line a bit lacking. We didn’t learn very much about Stella’s family, which is disappointing because I think it could have really added to her storyline.

Overall, I’m giving this book 3.5 stars. I’m rounding up because it obviously means so much to the author and her journey of self discovery, but I feel that it could have been…more. Quick and feisty, this is a great book to pick up for a weekend getaway or if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun! Grab yours today and be sure to let me know your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

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