Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

All the things that make you different make you perfect

I picked up The Kiss Quotient because it was a recent release and I wanted to read something set around Asperger’s. The idea sounded interesting and the first chapter was good. But then the rest of this novel, omg.

Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


Title & Author: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release date: June 5 2018
Series: The Kiss Quotient
Publisher: Berkley


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…

I give The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang two out of five hearts, but I am still having doubts to give it one heart. Because I really felt I was reading a softer version of Fifty Shades of Grey. And I hated Fifty Shades of Grey.

It is not that The Kiss Quotient is written badly, the scenes are detailed and the story line is interesting as are the characters.

Stella has Asperger’s and is worried that if she tells anyone they will judge her for it. She lets herself be ruled by fear and when Michael comes along and he teaches her how to deal with her issues, except for the biggest one.

Michael lives with his sisters, mother and grandmother because their father ran away and his mother had cancer. He is giving up his life to help them and even his body.

The characters do grow and in the end of course all the issues were solved etc. But those were the only positive things. Stella’s Asperger’s seems realistic, rules her life, but not in such a way that it alienates the reader.

The biggest thing however was that almost every times that Michael and Stella come together there are very detailed sex scenes. Which I didn’t care about. Which is about 60% of the book and it wasn’t even a thick novel or anything.

Overall this novel is well written but I am the wrong person to read this. I didn’t care for the whole Fifty Shades craze and not for this either. I felt it was a serious waste of my time.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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