Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Published by Berkley on 05/07/2019
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.
I’ve been looking forward to this book since the minute I finished The Kiss Quotient. Helen Hoang’s debut novel blew me away and I knew right away that she was something special. That book continues to top the charts as one of my favorites. I eagerly awaited the release of The Bride Test; I couldn’t wait to read it. And then life got in the way, and here we are exactly a month after it’s release and I’ve finally finished it.
But you know what they say – good things come to those who wait. The Bride Test was just as lovely as I expected it to be. It had all of the charm, charisma, sweetness and steam that I loved about the first book and infused it all in a totally new way.
I really enjoyed Esme’s character. She was very flawed and didn’t always make the best choices, but she was also trying to navigate her way through a completely foreign country entirely alone. I admired her courage and work ethic, and really enjoyed getting to experience her journey with her. I cannot imagine what the experience of immigrating must be like.
And then there’s Khai. Also a very complex character, though I hesitate to use the word flawed with him. Khai is on the autism spectrum and learning about the way his brain works and processes things differently made it difficult to know what was “normal” for him, and what was something tied solely to his past traumas. I loved him so much though, and regardless of the root of any of his roadblocks, I really enjoyed watching him overcome them.
Both The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test are just beautiful books. And while I think it will be very hard to ever top the first book for me, I cannot recommend either of these books highly enough. Do yourself a favor, and read these books if you have not. You will fall head over heels in love.