Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkely Romance
Published: May 30, 2018
The story is about the enigmatic econometrician Stella who is bad at relationships and especially being intimate with a man. She hires the escort Michael Phan who is half Vietnamese and is very good looking with an 8 pack. Stella immediately forms a connection with him because of how patient and understanding he is with Stella. Stella slowly starts to relax with him and he teaches her the art of being in a relationship. Stella relaxes in his presence and together, they overcome their own fears and mature and grow in character development. They also of course, end up together.
This is my first Helen Hoang book and I read it because of all the hype it’s been getting. A lot of people keep posting about this book and about its companion novel, The Bride Test. Stella and Michael showed a unique type of love story that’s very realistic and unlike other romance contemporary books. Stella is flawed and some women might even be able to relate to her in some way. I find her really lucky to have a man like Michael who had patience all throughout their relationship. Modern romance books that I’ve read don’t feature patient men anymore so I feel like the patience that Michael had throughout the book is what makes The Kiss Quotient so endearing. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fresh romantic read for the summer.
Onto more details about the romance, Stella is very complicated and particular in everything she does and more so on how she dresses. She’s very rich from her successful career and Michael is opposite to her attitude. He’s very patient with her fears and struggles with a relationship yet he continued to pursue her throughout the book. Their courting is very realistic and it also happens to some in real life. It was no instant love story which is refreshing because some modern love stories right now skip the waiting part and just go all in. There were also steamy parts but I can say that there are hotter scenes in The Bride Test (also by the author and also set in this world).
The plot also featured interesting family drama and internal crisis like insecurity that all of us can probably relate to. Stella was just afraid of entering a real relationship which is completely understandable. I could completely put myself in Stella’s shoes and the writing style also helped a lot because it was told in a straightforward way and it had a good pace.
Writing style: 5/5
I would highly recommend this book to fans of realistic romance stories. With a really swoony and patient Asian man, much like Nik in Crazy Rich Asians.