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Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 
Series:  The Kiss Quotient, #1
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Chick Lit
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 5th 2018 by Corvus
Helen Hoang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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…

This book was highly recommended by Sophie @ Beware Of The Reader. I have been wanting to read this book since her mental illness post.

I didn’t search a lot of information about this book tbh before ordering it besides her posts and synopsis. It got me a little worried when I realized it has fake dating and an escort. Luckily my worries were unfounded for!

I almost always hate friends to lovers trope but Hoang wrote it in a believable way. It’s not easy to make me like a book with friends to lovers, let alone a book where the hero is an escort. Those male characters are usually so full of themselves and always thinking about their previous ‘relationships’.

I loved most of the book. I devoured it in less than 24 hours. I just didn’t like how insecure both of the characters were. Neither wanted to admit that they liked each other because they felt like the other deserved better. I usually like when characters are insecure since let’s face it we’re just humans but I just wanted them to get their shit together. I wanted Michael to go after her so many times.

4 stars


7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. Well not a total win but still read in 24 hours so …I am still happy to have pushed this one on you Jamsu 😉


  2. Love your review, Jamsu! I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now. I hear so many people loved it, which is probably why I’m staying away for a little bit, because I have super high expectations.


  3. I love the idea of friends falling in love, it’s probably my favourite trope so I might give it a try if the library gets it!


  4. I’m not a big chick lit reader but this genuinely got me intrigued. I love stories that show different types of characters and haven’t read a great deal of books that have an asperger character as a main one. Great review


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