Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Published by Berkley on 06/05/2018
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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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...
I’ve said this a hundred times before, but I don’t read the synopsis of books anymore. I like to go in as blind as possible. I picked this one up based solely on recommendations from friends and because the cover is adorable. I thought it would be a mainstream contemporary romance that bordered more on women’s fiction. I thought it would be mild and sweet, and I was fairly certain I’d like it due to the reactions of so many friends whose opinions I trust. But I was not at all prepared for how much I would love it, how much it would make me swoon, or think, or feel.
This book is a reverse Pretty Woman retelling that will steal your heart. I was so intrigued by Stella’s character and the fact that she’s on the autism spectrum. I’ll be honest – I didn’t even see that coming. (Shocker, considering I don’t read the synopsis, huh?) I was kind of afraid of her in the beginning, to be honest. Maybe more like afraid for her. I was terrified of her getting hurt, being humiliated in some way, forced into uncomfortable situations. And she does, but watching her learn how to navigate them was fascinating.
I really felt for her character. Being inside her head was an interesting place to be. But then, there’s Michael. Ohhhhh, Michael. How I love thee. He’s a wonderful, delicious, sweetheart of a man. I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.
I’ll be honest, this book wasn’t always easy for me to read. For personal reasons I’d rather not disclose, it brought back a lot of feelings from what feels like a lifetime ago that weren’t necessarily happy ones. But the overarching story and the characters carried me through it. And what I was left with was this feeling of lightweight, colorful joy.
The writing is fantastic and I can’t wait to read Hoang’s next book. This was a sweet, insightful romance that I will recommend to everyone. And don’t let the cutesy cover fool you (like it did me), this book is also super steamy. Totally unexpected. Totally wonderful. That basically sums up the book: Unexpected and wonderful. Read it.
The Kiss Quotient was quite remarkable. Even after finishing it a little more than two weeks ago, I can still feel the emotional mark it has left on me. There was not one aspect of this book that I did not fall in love with. The characters were magnetic and dynamic. I loved the gender swap play on Pretty Woman. The writing flowed beautifully and Hoang’s tone carried a gentle honesty that brought awareness to and championed those with ASD.
This is a book I will reread again and again. I loved it.