The Kiss QuotientHelen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Book Summary

From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018!

“This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive.”—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

“Hoang's writing bursts from the page.”—Buzzfeed

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...

The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang) Book Reviews

GreatI don’t often leave reviews but I was so impressed with this take on the hire-a-boyfriend story. You are rooting for these two for the whole book. Great work bring all Stella’s personality traits out, it really rounded out her character..Score: 5/5

I’m Not Mad, But I’m Also Not in LoveA bit cliche, more than one trope I’m not a fan of, but the premise was somewhat new and there were definitely parts I loved. Overall it was better than I expected but I’m not sure I’d recommend it..Score: 3/5

Still thinking about it!!I finished the book yesterday and I’m still thinking about the story. It was beautifully written. And I’m writing the review because I’m contemplating buying the audio book to reread/listen. Thank you to the writer for such a lovely read..Score: 5/5

ConflictedWhile there are some aspects of the book that are enjoyable (mostly scenes that include interaction with Michael and his sisters/mother/grandmother) there isn’t really anything too exciting about it. There’s no real climax. No exciting plot twists. Sometimes the dialogue is a bit cringe. I mean, it wasn’t horrible. Just not memorable..Score: 2/5

Love itIt was beautiful story It was so great!.Score: 5/5

2018 version Pretty woman great readThis is a 2018 version of Pretty woman, or a modern Cinderella story where both the leading roles were saved. I loved it and almost cried a few times. I feel for both Stella since I studied math. And Michael as an Asian. Just want to pint out some of the statistics detail is a bit off. I think Stella is More of a data scientist and build machine learning model in current setting..Score: 2/5

An easy beach read about loveThis book has a twist on a love story. Easy to read with beautiful rich characters. I would love to see more from this author..Score: 5/5

So good!! Amazing. Would recommendThis book really was so good finished it in a day too Hahah.Score: 5/5

Devoured itI love this book and characters. Devoured it. Michael will forever be a hero of mine, I love him! My only reason for 4 stars is that the ending felt rushed and I wanted more dialogue… and more romance there at the end. And then it felt weird that all of his dreams snapped into place in a matter of months, the epilogue should have more centered on the to of them. But I truly adored this story! ❤️.Score: 4/5

Worth the Read!This is the best romance novel I’ve read in a while. It’s so sweet and brought me to tears several times. It’s completely worth the read. The only dislike I had was the typical storyline where they break it off right before the ending and get back together. I’m kind of tired of books following this exact same plot pattern..Score: 4/5

Breath of fresh airVery unique spin on such a classic. Such a page turner from beginning to end! Loved it!.Score: 5/5

AmazingRead this book in one day. Loved it. Will probably read it again!.Score: 5/5

Loved It!Had no idea what I was getting into but I'm glad I took a chance on this book. I was caught off guard in how steamy the scenes would get. Definitely one of favorite books now and I loved how the author also weaved herself into her character with Asperger's. Sidenote: I now look at dragon tattoos differently..Score: 5/5

Cute bookI enjoyed reading the book but the reviews on it were lacking in the sense that it is smutty. In a beautiful heartwarming make your boyfriend read to get a hint kind of way. It was relatively short but in a good way.Score: 5/5

5 starsI loved this book! Michael was so perfect and I loved him so much. I loved that he was a fashion designer and could make clothes. Such a unique talent for a male lead and to fit him and the story so well. I loved Stella as well and all her quirks. This was a great look into autism and really smashed some of the stereotypes I had when going into this book. I love that Stella wasn’t magically “cured” once she got with Michael. She still had social anxiety and said the wrong things (which I loved). I honestly wish there was MORE to the story. I wanted more about his parents relationship, more about Quan and Kia, more about his sisters. It was such a great book I didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read Kia’s story!.Score: 5/5

One of my favorites!!!This is by far one of the best books I have read! I read the whole thing in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. It was nothing like anything I had ever read before and LOVED how it brought in the perspective of someone who has aspergers..Score: 5/5

So good!!!Initially, my main reasons for reading this book were because I love romance novels and because I’m a math major who felt a connection to Stella. In reading it, I discovered this book had so much more to offer than just another romance book. There was drama and layers and heartache and and true love with all its rough edges. I loved it!.Score: 5/5

AmazingSo good. I finished it in 2 days.Score: 5/5

Sweet and steamy romance!I loved the slow warm up to a steady burn of a perfect love story between two imperfect people! As all people are imperfect- it’s a totally relatable! Oh, I want the name and number of the male escort service that has MICHAEL-like escorts!!.Score: 5/5

Just wowThis book made me have my tears yet I made me believe love is real in some type of way. But I really enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

Unrealistic conflict but a great read nonethelessI liked the book until it got to the point of the conflict between the two main characters. It seemed like Michael was unrealistically hung up on his father and it didn’t are since. I loved Stella and Michaels relationship though and I won’t soon forget them..Score: 4/5

Loved this book!Loved, loved, loved this book! One of my favorites of 2018. I loved & related to Stella’s awkwardness. Loved that Michael was attracted to her because of her differences. Loved the way he made sacrifices for his family. And I especially loved the way Stella & Michael both became better versions of themselves from their time together, while not depending on the other person to make them whole. Highly recommend the audio narrated by Carly Robins who did an marvelous job bringing all the characters to life..Score: 5/5

Easy and StimulatingI hate trashy romance and this is anything but. Stella and Michael’s relationship set me free and I love their character and background. I loved being able to see the autistic side of Stella’s life and that there wasn’t any sugar coating. This book make me feel..Score: 5/5

Fun readCute, light, fun read!.Score: 4/5

Fun read!The author has a knack for translating romantic spark and fantasy into the written word. I’m not typically a big fan of rom com books but this felt like an honest portrayal of one woman’s sexual awakening. Thoroughly enjoyed.Score: 4/5

The Kiss QuotientFirst time reading this author, and I chose it for it’s ratings. I was not disappointed. As I have grown older I tend to avoid books that have heavy sex scenes and the language used to describe them that have become offensive to me. However, the story became so compelling, the characters so endearing, that I couldn’t stop reading. I was amazed that this book turned out to be the authors first book. I will continue to look for future books by this author. WELL DONE !.Score: 5/5

WONDERFUL BOOK❤️A great read for the summer, or anytime really😂. You really fall in love with the characters and their personalities..Score: 5/5

My fav book of the year!I was a bit wary starting this book because I didn't want Stella to be written as a one dimensional stereotype. But I did NOT need to worry....this book was soooo good! Very rarely do I love both hero AND heroine but Michael and Stella surpassed my expectations. The chemistry between the 2 is off the charts but also their day to day connection was very cute too. I rarely laugh out loud reading books but that one scene and Michael's quip with dvds and alphabetizing was hilarious. Michael had just enough Alpha in him but was so sweet with Stella. I also loved the piano duet poignant and sweet on so many levels. Stella was a wonderful honest and game playing. The only negative could be the misunderstanding at the end that seemed to drag on a bit. But that is a small negative when considering how much I enjoyed the book. It will definitely put a smile on your face!.Score: 5/5

Take the plunge!I kept seeing this book pop up everywhere but I was hesitant because I’m very picky with the books I read but I LOVE this novel. It’s has just enough sex, romance, awkward, and sympathy all wrapped up into the perfect read.Score: 5/5

BoringThe book was boring to me I know some people like it but I have read better books I’m supposed to understand the male lead’s reasoning but I don’t and so I end up judging his actions but I don’t know their live story was boring to me.Score: 3/5

Five - It’s - Economics STARSI LOVED this book SO much. I can’t think of a single flaw in this book. Michael and Stella are one of my ALL TIME favorite couples. I have read and reread this book countless times since it’s release a month ago. I would recommend this book the everyone I know! Choosing to read this book would be one of the BEST decisions you will ever make!.Score: 5/5

Amazing Debut!!This is an amazing debut novel!!!!! I read an excerpt and was completely hooked and needed to read more. I was curious how this story was going to play out, how a main character on the autism spectrum would be portrayed respectfully, and how the interactions between Stella and Michael were going to be. Prior to reading, I wasn't aware that the author is also on the spectrum so my concern that respect wouldn't be given was all for naught. From the beginning, I was sucked in and couldn't put this book down. I loved absolutely everything about Stella and Michael, both individually and together. This author has made me completely invested in everyone introduced in this story and I am anxiously awaiting the next in this series. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*.Score: 5/5

One of the best books I have read!!!Absolutely loved this book. I loved how genuine the characters were. Loved their story..Score: 5/5

You’re Going to Love it! It’s Economics 💛Perfect. This book was honest to goodness PERFECT. It was genuine, sincere, and had so much heart. I really cannot believe that this is Helen Hoang's debut novel. I was sucked into this book right from the start and couldn't get enough. I absolutely loved Stella and Michael, both individually and together. Their journey was so unique and refreshing. It made me re-examine myself and my own views through a different lens. Though their relationship starts off unconventionally, their chemistry is immediate and only grows as their feelings begin to blur from professional to more. I was so invested in these characters as well as their families. My heart ached for Stella and Michael when they struggled and it rejoiced in their quiet moments and their connection. I loved that they understood each other and truly saw the other for who they really were. Beyond the masks. Beyond the walls. Beyond the labels. The Kiss Quotient was the perfect blend of swoon and sexy, but it also had just the right amount of heartache. There are obstacles to overcome for both of them, but it made the destination so much more gratifying and fulfilling. The self discovery of both Stella and Michael was a beautiful thing to watch unfold. I also especially loved Michael's family and Stella's introduction to the Vietnamese culture. Some of those scenes had me laughing out loud, while others warmed my heart in their familiarity. Hoang's writing is so incredibly heartfelt. You can just feel how much she poured her soul into this novel and into Stella on every page. The Author's Note at the end only confirmed this feeling and gave me deeper insight into the book. I honestly cannot recommend The Kiss Quotient enough and I will be eagerly awaiting Hoang's next book! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*.Score: 5/5

This is such a beautiful story!I loved this love story between Stella and Michael. This story was so sweet, which I wasn’t expecting given the description letting you know that Michael is a prostitute. I thought that the author demonstrated many of the insecurities that many women have when trying to navigate relationships, and when autism is added in the mix, it made my heart soar. I have to commend the way Stella decided to go headlong into a life experience that for many people can be fleeting. I think many women try to compensate for many perceived insufficiencies to find love. It’s been a long time since I read a book that moved me so much. I had to force myself to put this book down just so I could go to bed and sleep. I can’t say enough good things about this book, and will definitely will be reading Khai’s story!.Score: 5/5

Such a lovely read🥰.Score: 5/5

Absolutely Amazing!!This book is one of my new favorites! I love how the author included a character with a condition, and portrayed her as strong and determined. The relationship between the two characters is absolutely adorable and the way Michael cares for and treats Stella is so incredibly heartwarming. Everything about this novel is perfect. The writing, the character development, emotional appeal, story progression, alllllll of it!! Definitely recommend!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!Thoroughly loved this book!.Score: 5/5

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Sexy, Charming and Addictive!I first saw the Bride Test book in a Relay store while I was at the airport. Written by a Vietnamese! Being Vietnamese, it seized my attention. Then I saw that her first book was The Kiss Quotient. So i downloaded it on my phone to read while on vacation. Couldn’t put the book down. Every little detail, I love! Especially when it was referring to Vietnamese culture. One down and I started her 2nd book, The Bride Test. As great as the first one. Now that I’m done with both books, I can’t wait for her 3rd book. I miss the characters already..Score: 5/5

All-nighter worthyA contemporary romance with a mixed ethnicity Asian hero and a non-neurotypical heroine, both a nice change from the cookie cutter types in Romance! Rather spicy, for sure, but doesn’t rely on that alone, it’s also a very sensitive story. Couldn’t put it down and read until the wee hours of the morning!.Score: 5/5

The Kiss QuotientIt was cute but pretty simple. It also has more sex scenes then I was expecting lol. Overall I thought it was okay.Score: 2/5

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