The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient, #2
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 7th 2019 by Berkley
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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
The Bride Test is the second book of The Kiss Quotient and I loved it even more than the first one. This book has autism rep just like in the first book but also some language problems between hero and heroine. Both speak both languages but the heroine isn’t that good at speaking English and the hero isn’t that good at reading Vietnamese.
My works in a hotel as a maid and when Khai’s mother visits Viat Nam to find Khai a wife, she asks My to move to California for the summer and give Khai a chance. My isn’t sold by the idea at first but she wants to be something more than a maid for her daughter, so she moves to Khai’s house and changes her name into Esme. I love how strong willed Esme is and that while she might want Khai to love her, she also knows her worth.
Khai isn’t happy when he finds out about this arrangement his mother made with Esme but he wants to make her happy. Khai likes things certain way, so it’s not fun for him when Esme starts changing how things are. Khai doesn’t want to want Esme but unfortunately for him, he isn’t immune to her smile and her being in his bed with him. Khai is an example why I love clueless characters so much. He doesn’t try to be mean; he just wants to be honest and he doesn’t always realize something isn’t right, like what he said to his cousin on her wedding day.
The romance is slow burn but it doesn’t make me want to hit my head in the wall. It actually had the perfect pace considering all the character and relationship growth. Esme had some secrets and I’m glad Khai didn’t over react when he heard about them, even if his behavior sometimes felt different to Esme. Khai doesn’t think that he can love after he lost his best friend but you can clearly see how much he cares about Esme by little things, like how he drives her everywhere or how jealous he can get.
Besides the romance I love how their families were in the plot. His brother, Quan was so supportive and team Khai/ Esme all the way. Esme’s mother supported her to leave the country and his mother wanted them to marry each other but didn’t try to push them too hard. Michael even made an appearance (hero from The Kiss Quotient) and tried his best to help Khai.