26 Aug 2019

#Review: THE KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang


Author: Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
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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 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...
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This wasn't a bad book but it also wasn't a good book. It was mediocre. And that's fine! It was a cute enough romance even though I had my issues with it but everything was too neatly packaged for my preference.

I thought that there were amazing sex scenes in this, which is always preferable when I'm reading romance novels. But those aren't enough to make a great book. I would have liked more from the insta-lust/love than the sex because both characters immediately were like "yup!!! I'm in but I don't want to tell the person!!!" and I am not here for that. I dislike miscommunication used as an angst plot device.

I've read that this is an #ownvoices book and that's great! I liked the representation in this! I have no idea if this is great representation but you can read Cait's review to see what she thought of it.

But there were parts that made me question a lot of things. Such as the idea that stalking could be sexy???? Let me tell you, it is not sexy at all. In fact, it is quite terrifying. There were a lot of aspects that were played off as "romantic" and falling under the guise of "well the character is autistic" that were questionable such as that. And I have an issue with that.

A lot of the romance was superficial at best but I am glad that I read this. This definitely wasn't for me, but I know that will make some people pick it up since I'm so romance book adverse.

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?


  1. I read this book and I actually liked it. I have an autistic son, so I guess I related to the MC in that aspect. I focused more on the autism than the flaws, but I can see how this wouldn't be for everyone. The autism was actually right on point, and they are actually socially awkward like this in many aspects. So, what we find as strange, they find as normal. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I haven't read this book, but I read the second book and was really underwhelmed by it. I did like learning a little bit about a different culture, though, and the autism rep seemed pretty spot on.

  3. Sorry you didn't love this one! I've heard amazing things about it from other bloggers, so I can't wait to try it for myself. Great review!


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