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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Synopsis: 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… 

Author: Helen Hoang

Publisher: Berkely Romance

Published: May 30, 2018

Genre: Romance

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

Plot: 4/5

Romance:

🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

Overall rating:

Rating: 4 out of 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.

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