Book Review: The Kiss Quotient

Rating: 4.0/5.0 Stars

Author: Helen Hoang

**Disclaimer, this book is an ADULT book. There are some very mature scenes, proceed with caution**

Okay so, this book was cute. It was my first time diving into a genre that I have never read before. Not once have I ever picked up a romance novel before. But I did, because my organization is now hosting a book club, and this month the book was The Kiss Quotient. I was scared, to say the least. I wasn’t sure if I should be prepared for a book on the same level as Fifty Shades of Gray, or if it would feel like it was written by someone who had never experienced anything. I was also scared it would make me think of FanFiction, cause FanFiciton writers looove to write steamy scenes. But I was pleasantly surprised. The book had a nice mix of steamy scenes and a nice bit of actual relationship scenes. It was adorable and much more than I ever expected.

The synopsis intrigued me and is probably the only reason I read it, and I’m so glad I did. It is:

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…

It sounds like such an interesting book so I took the plunge, and I am giving it a definite 4.0.

Spoilers:

The only other book that I have read that follows someone on the autism spectrum was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I adored this book. It was so heart wrenching, and it felt so real. I was so excited to find another book that has a protagonist with the same disorder, even better that the person was an adult. I got EVEN more excited when I found out the author had recently been diagnosed with being on the spectrum. I was pumped. I couldn’t wait to read such a diverse book.

And it did not disappoint. It was so cute to read about how Stella and Michael fell in love with each other, but could not admit it to the other because of fear. Money brings so many worries, and for them, it was the biggest. But reading about their love was adorable. I loved how protective Michael was, and honestly, I had him as a mix of Harry Shum Jr., Ross Butler, and Charles Melton. AKA beautiful.

Anyway, it was beautiful to read how one person had such an effect on Stella. Because of him, she was encouraged to go out of her comfort zone, and break her routines. While that is normally nerve-wracking, she did it because she liked him and it was beautiful.

Now the plot aside, the sex scenes were pretty much what I expected. They were graphic, but not so much so they were gross. They were also realistic. They didn’t happen on a hot beach in the middle of the ocean, or on a train going off a cliff. They happened in beds and one time a couch. Very normal.

I will say though while reading it, there were a couple times I almost had to put it down. I do not like the fact that she would say “my sex.” It felt weird, and out of place and honestly slightly cringey. Other than that though I enjoyed it. I don’t know how much detail I can go into, but it was great and an amazing way to introduce myself to romance.

 

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