The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)by Published 05 Jun 2018
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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...
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) Reviews
10 perfect stars!
Review & Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.
All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
I am in love. The Kiss Quotient is a beautiful and realistic debut novel that breaks stereotypes, embraces uniqueness, and makes one think about their self-worth. It’s the kind of book that will make you smile, swoon, tear up, and think. I was on cloud nine when I finished it. It’s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I’m still on a high! I haven’t read anything since. It took me so long to articulate my thoughts, and I still don’t think I gave this book justice, but let me try.
Stella Lane may be a well-paid and successful econometrician, but for her mother, nothing would be better than for Stella to finally give her parents some grand-babies. Babies mean intimacy and sex, two things Stella isn’t particularly well-versed. If she’s going to take her mother’s request seriously, she’s going to need to learn the ins and outs of sex. No pun intended.
Who better to teach her than Michael? The beautiful man who can give Daniel Henney a run for his money definitely knows sex; he gets paid to seduce women and pleasure them. So she hires him to teach her. What Stella doesn’t consider is that maybe she’s looking at it the wrong way. Maybe it isn’t just sex she needs to learn, but relationships itself.
Michael only sticks to doing his night job on Fridays, and never with the same client more than once. Stella’s request breaks so much of his personal rules, but he can’t help but say yes. The effect he felt the short time he spent with Stella was unlike anything he’s ever felt before. But those feelings need to get out of the way because he can’t have her. Stella is smart, rich, and beautiful, and she deserves so much more. Not a man with a past he continues to escape.
As they go on with Love and Relationship 101, Stella and Michael learn so much more than what’s in their lesson plan. They learn about each other, and they both like it very much. Now, they just have to decide whether to pursue the real deal or not.
This book is heartwarming, sweet, and angstier and steamier than I expected. And I’m not mad about it at all. This book made me tear up more than once because of Stella and Michael and how perfect they are for each other. To see two people so in sync and see how much they’re helping each other is heartwarming. It isn’t one-sided. Michael needs Stella as much as she needs him.
I love Stella and Michael so much. Words aren’t enough to express my feelings about them. Stella is strong, endearing, and so precious. She’s a genuinely nice person, thoughtful and nurturing to others. As a person on the autism spectrum, she has issues with social interactions that can sometimes give the wrong impression to others; worse case scenario, it hurts or offends them. It’s not something she does on purpose, and she tries her best to be aware of her words and actions to keep it from happening again. My heart went out for her that she had to hide her condition, afraid that people might see and treat her differently.
Sweet Michael. He’s everything I want and more. This man is hard-working, loyal to the core, sweet, and oh my Lord is he hot. This man will make your heart and panties fall, you guys. Such a cinnamon roll. And the tongue on this one. I am fanning myself right now!
And I just have to say I love his family. It was such a delight to see the Vietnamese side of his family, their interaction with each other so genuine and fantastic. I’m looking forward to getting to know Khai in The Bride Test!
With an engaging writing, amazing chemistry, and relatable characters you’ll fall in love with, The Kiss Quotient is a book you need to read. A perfect summer read. A perfect read for any time of the year, really. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my year! The Kiss Quotient is something I will never forget and will forever cherish in my heart. You need to read this book. I promise you won’t regret meeting Stella and Michael.
Tropes: Escort, Fake Relationship
POV:Third Person, Dual POV
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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What a book!
SO steamy, romantic & just overall wonderful!!!
I just finished this & already want to reread it!!!
5 AMAZING STARS
The Kiss Quotient is a heartwarming,sexy,sweet and fun read!I fall in love with the characters and the plot!Everything is perfect and the writing is fantastic!I seriously didn't expect to like it so much!From the first pages I have a smile in my face!
I couldn't get enough of Stella and Michael!I love every minute of their relationship and I find the concept so brilliant!They are cute,funny and hot together!They have an amazing connection and I love their passion for each other!I couldn't imagine Stella with another man!Stella is amazing,so sweet and I love being in her mind!Such a unique and smart heroine!
If you are looking for a refreshing, sweet and beautiful story this is the best book!The Kiss Quotient is the book that will make you swoon all the time!It has amazing characters and the romance is so sweet,steamy and romantic!
I'm sitting here talking to my book bestie who is attempting to write a review for this book as well and we both are a little intimidated by the task because it's hard to do it justice. So let me get one thing out in the open:
READ. THIS. BOOK.
I suppose I could end this review here but I need to explain how awesome this book is and why I'm demanding of you to read it. Even if you don't believe ME, check out the other reviews about THE KISS QUOTIENT.
I have only read one story in the past that involved an autistic main character, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley, which is one of my most favorite books of all times. Autism is rare in books so I had to have this debut novel by Helen Hoang.
Stella is a shy, gentle-spoken, and so so brave, young woman. As an autistic woman with a brilliant mind she needs her routine. She also thinks that she's bad at sex and that practice with a professional might fix this problem. What she didn't anticipate was the connection she makes with the hired escort at their first meeting. The way Stella reacts to Michael shows how lonely and excluded she often feels and that's all kinds of heartbreaking. Stella's pain and struggles left me raw and had me tear up.
Uninvited touch is more often than not unwelcome, it makes her feel highly uncomfortable, but Michael's touch soothes something inside her. Her fear of being labeled is so deeply seated that she can't tell Michael about her disorder even when they become close. He would see her in a different light, would treat her with kid gloves and she doesn't want that.
She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.
Stella's courage is inspiring. I loved the things that came out of her mouth just because she doesn't have the filter that society insists on. I found it charming, funny and sweet. Her way of looking at problems is unique, brilliant and fascinating. She shows the clarity that children often portray. While her train of thought is often complicated the results are simple and logical.
Michael needs his job as an escort. It pays the bills he shouldn't have to pay. At the same time he feels guilty for his dreams of having his old life as a designer back. He never meets a client more than once - being stuck with a stalker he has learned the hard way but right from the start he feels that Stella is different. He knows he shouldn't get close to this woman, whose thoughtfulness and desire for him as a man and not an escort slay him. Feelings for a woman and escorting don't go well together, things can get messy fast. But how can he resist her plea for help when being close to her is all he wants?
Her eyes shot to his face, and Michael lost his train of thought. Those sexy librarian glasses showcased the most stunning pair of soft brown eyes. And her lips— they were just full enough to be tempting without detracting from her overall air of sweetness.
If Michael doesn't make you swoon you must be dead inside. He is intuitive, patient and kind and understands Stella on a level only soulmates do. He teaches her that she was never awful at sex, that she only had douchebag lovers who didn't care about her pleasure. Through his eyes she learns her own sexuality and sensuality. He knew when to push and when to give Stella space. The tenderness he feels for this sweet, smart, special woman accompanies you through the whole story. Everything she considers a flaw is perfection to him. But he can also be demanding and sexy and I loved how he flustered Stella with his dirty talk.
The story packs a surprising and very welcome amount of steam. These are some of the most erotic scenes I've read in a while. Plus, it has some really good grovel towards the end.
Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite.
Michael's family is pretty special too - as it is with big families his mom, sisters and cousin are all up in his business. I loved his cousin Quan, who gave it straight to Michael, there was no sugar-coating. When he is mad, Michael knows it but Quan forgives fast. I'm hoping he will get his own story.
As somebody who doesn't have anyone with autism/Asperger's in her life the disorder is an abstract medical term I know the definition of. I know the symptoms but at the end of the day it it's hard to understand what's going on in the mind of somebody who processes emotions differently. THE KISS QUOTIENT gives you a glimpse into the brilliant workings and emotional world of somebody with this disorder (and I hate to call it that) and an understanding beyond the medical concept. The lessons you will take with you after closing this book are fundamental, integral and authentic.
She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn’t feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was.
When you open a book and you have that gut feeling that tells you this book will end up being an all-time favorite, one that you'll go back to and re-read multiple times, then you've found book gold. It's how I felt right from the beginning and the farther I got the more this conviction manifested itself. Stella and Michael will take you on a journey of self discovery and self appreciation, of accepting that autism is just a word for saying somebody is special and just as valuable and wonderful as somebody without. If you had only one more book to read in your life, this one should be it. Helen Hoang poured her very soul into it.
Can you imagine that this is a debut novel? I think we will hear a lot from this author.
PICK THIS UP AND BE WOOED!
4 1/2 stars. Well, this book. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess I'll begin with an overview.
The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.
It's the perfect blend of sweet and steamy. And let me be clear: this is not YA. There's a lot of graphic sex scenes, though I should also say that the author builds up to it really well; she knows how to tease us. It was just so nice to read a book where sex is actually sexy and not political, cold, a form of manipulation, or not sex at all because consent went out the window.
This is an ownvoices book about Stella, who has Asperger's syndrome. Convinced she needs lessons on how to be good at sex and relationships, she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her. Michael is mixed race - Vietnamese and Swedish - and described as a hotter version of k-drama star Daniel Henney. In a gender-reversed Pretty Woman scenario, the two inevitably end up developing feelings for one another.
Stella's autism makes it difficult for her to know how to behave around other people, and she also struggles with being touched. Through this, the author explores the importance of consent - Michael is deeply respectful of her boundaries and always waits for her to be 100% ready. Perhaps it sounds less sexy than the spontaneous grab-and-go on the office desk sex but it actually isn't. It's kinda wonderful.
Okay, and here's the weird thing. I don't know how to talk about this or if I really should, but I think it is worth mentioning. We talk about the importance of diverse books all the time and the way voices by POC, LGBT+, and those with disabilities are absolutely essential. They foster understanding and help a lot of people realize they are not alone. Well, I got a lesson in just how important books like this can be.
As I was reading about Stella, I started to make some comparisons. I was so affected by it that I made a list. This list:
• Extreme social anxiety
• Loss of focus; frequent "zoning out"
• Fanatic obsession with a small number of interests
• Difficulty reading verbal cues and understanding sarcasm
• No interest in playing with others as a young child
• Avoiding eye contact or overcompensating and staring
• Clumsiness and poor spacial awareness
• Called "quiet" "shy" "weird" and "odd"
• Outbursts of anger when losing or unable to complete a task
• Deep levels of frustration and anxiety when routine disturbed
• Practicing "conversation trees" in head
• Facial tics
Um, yeah. So this is me. Some of these are behaviours I exhibited as a child, but many I still do. It turns out I probably have high functioning autism, formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome. I currently only have a self-diagnosis and a score of 35 out of 40 on the Cambridge autism test (over 32 is high probability of autism) but I am pursuing a professional diagnosis.
Honestly, this book just made me feel so... understood. Everything that I've worked so hard to hide and bury about myself is normalized and even celebrated. So yeah, it is sexy as hell and really sweet, but it's also so important. Seeing as so many women and girls go undiagnosed, this book could offer validation to so many who need it.
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