The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient, #3
Genre: Romance | Contemporary
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 339 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on August 31st 2021 by Berkley
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A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by Helen Hoang.
When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.
That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she herself has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.
I wish I had trusted Renee @ Addicted To Romance when she reviewed this book and called it women’s fiction instead of romance. I’m thankful for buddy reading this book with Ruby @ Bookishly Ruby. You can check her review here when she has posted her review. Without her I don’t think I could’ve finished the whole book.
I’ve come to love this series and maybe I put too much trust in Hoang’s writing after loving The Bride Test so much. You can check my review for that book here. I really trusted that I’d love this book and since I loved the second book even more than the first, so I thought The Heart Principle would become one of my favorite reads of 2021– instead it became one of the most disappointing one.
Ruby and I had the same idea that this book definitely was not romance. Despite this Ruby was able to enjoy the book but I unfortunately can only say few good things about it.
I liked Anna in the beginning. She was sweet and I understand trying to live up tp “perfect” sister but in the end her incapability to say no was just annoying and she ended up hurting more people than she could protect with staying quiet.
I can’t say I loved Quan, even if I would’ve preferred to read more in his POV. He barely was in this book in my opinion and he was the character I was more exited about since he made appearances in earlier books.
I liked the little romance we got but Quan deserved better than all he had to go through to be with Anna. I was so happy when Anna was proud of him and genuinely happy for him but I wished she appreciated him more from the beginning. Quan was also so understanding and there for her.
All in all I couldn’t enjoy this one. This might be something you enjoy but the lack of romance and the family the book focused on was horrible. I could’ve liked reading about a family that was always there for each other but not about the family that the book actually had. I’d recommend this book to someone who isn’t in the mood for romance and instead wants to read something angsty.