Review: The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang


Title: The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: 2018

Pages: 336

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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…

Hello Everyone,

welcome to my review of The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang.

I know that this book won the Goodreads Choice Award for Romance in 2018, and one of the booktubers I follow made it her challenge to read all the winners from the 2018 categories. This, of course, was one of them.

Because I am subscribed to Scribd and this book was included in their audiobook collection, I thought, Why not pick it up! I usually never read contemporary fiction in physical form. I don’t know why I do not enjoy to physically read contemporary novels. I have recently found out that I love listening to them. So I listened to this one in three days.

Overall, this book is enjoyable. It was the first time that I read a book told from the perspective of a character with Asperger syndrome, and I assume the representation was good since the author has Asperger herself. So yes, the strongest point of this novel was definitely the representation. Michael is half Swedish half Vietnamese, and I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the interactions he had with his family. The portrayal of different cultures was very well done.

One of the shortcomings of this novel was the cheesy ending. I am not a fan of cheesiness in general. It makes me cringe. And the ending of the novel was a bit cringy. There is one other element that could bother some readers, and that is the graphic sex scenes. There is quite a lot of sex involved in here, and if you are one who feel uncomfortable with it, this book might not be for you.

Other than this I enjoyed this one, it is an easy and quick read. I rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Let me know if you have read it, and if so, what you thought of it.

Until next time,


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