THE KISS QUOTIENT

Author: Helen Hoang
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Berkley

IMG_4607 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…

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Refreshing, real, romantic.  Those are the three words that come to mind when I think about THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang.

Stella Lane spends her days with numbers. She’s rich, successful and happy with her life. That is until her mother continues to try to set her up with random men.  Stella has Asperger’s and is determined to find her own way and her own happiness. She just needs a little lesson. So what does someone do when they need help with sex and men? They hire an escort to teach them, of course. Michael Phan is the perfect man to teach her, but will he accept all her eccentricities that come with her diagnosis?

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He took a half step toward her, and his jaw worked for a moment before she said, “Girls like you don’t need escorts. Girls like you have boyfriends. You need to get this idea out of your head.” 

Burning anger pulsed through her body, immobilizing her. He didn’t know anything about girls like her. “That’s completely untrue. Girls like me intimidate boyfriends. Girls like me have never been asked out by a single boy. Girls like me have to find their own way, make their own luck. I’ve had to fight fo revery success in my life, and I’m going to fight for this. I’m going to get good at sex, and then I’ll finally be able to entice the right person into being mine.”

Every so often I find a book that breaks the mold on the typical romance genre. I find a book that completely captivates my attention and makes me want to do nothing else except read it. THE KISS QUOTIENT was that book.

Stella Lane will be a relatable character to many. Despite her diagnosis I think there are so many people that will connect with her struggles and her awkwardness when it comes with meeting and keeping men.  In most romance novels, the women are confident and secure with their approach to find men, but Stella’s honesty on her lack of skill was refreshing.

I also found this story to be extremely informative and genuine. Before I started this book I knew a little about the storyline and knew that the author is also diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. So I knew that what I would be reading would be personal. I knew that the struggles or some of Stella’s eccentricities that come along with the diagnosis would be as close to real as possible.

5/5 ORIGNAL STARS!

 

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