(EN) Review: Helen Hoang – The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)

A few months ago, back in summer 2018, you couldn’t open social media or Goodreads without seeing stuff about The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Everybody seemed to love this book. However, I didn’t get around to it until just now, so I had no idea what the hype was al about. I chose to read this book in Dutch though as it didn’t get much attention. However, I want to post more English reviews so here is my review in English.

(EN) Review: Helen Hoang – The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1)The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Published by Berkley on June 5, 2018
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Pages: 317
ISBN: 0451490800
Goodreads
four-stars
five-flames

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...

Expectations

Before I started reading The Kiss Quotient, I had no idea of what to expect. I read really positive reviews, but on the other hand I heard reviews saying that the story is the same throughout the entire book and not much is happening. On which side would I end up to be? I didn’t know. I knew that the main characters are diverse, but I cannot judge about the representations. I have no experience with neither autism, nor can I judge whether the Asian representation has been done properly.

Story

It was not hard to get drawn into the story of The Kiss Quotient. The writing was light and fluffy, which made it easy to fly through the whole story. The story was cute and fluffy, but for this book it was not too bad. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of cute and fluffy, but for The Kiss Quotient it’s alright. Why? Because the characters have deeper layers to their stories.

Stella has Aspergers and experiences day to day struggles regarding social interaction. Therefore, she hires Michael to help her. Eventually the two just have a contract regarding sex an relationships, but they grow closer to each other pretty quickly. Stella develops herself throughout the story. She was a little stiff in the beginning, but when the storyline evolved, she started to feel at ease when with Michael. Michael has had a tough past, but that could have been excecuted better. We get a glimpse of what happened as readers, but not the full background. Maybe that will be explored more in the sequel? At least, the title suggests that more books about Stella and Michael will be published. We get some explicit sex scenes and although they belong to the story, I didn’t expect these. Be aware of these scenes when considering picking up this book, because when you do not feel at ease reading some sex scenes this might not be a book for you.

Conclusion

The Kiss Quotient is a really nice book to read. However, be aware of the sex scenes. If you don’t like reading explicit scenes, this might nog be the book for you, despite it’s cuteness and fluffiness. Both Stella and Michael showed amazing growth during the story and this was overall a great read.

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