Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 28th – 29th January 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Yet.
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make you heart tick.
It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle downa nd find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. to overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.
Faced with mounting bills, Michael decides to use his good looks and charm to make extra cash on the side. He has a very firm no repeat customer policy, but he’s tempted to bend that rule when Stella approaches him with an unconventional proposal.
The more time they spend together, the harder Michael falls for this disarming woman with a beautiful mind, and Stella discovers that love defies logic.
This book was completely amazing. I’ve only ever read one other story which features a woman with a social learning disability. In the last book, I thought she was mildly autistic, but that was never actually stated. In this, a lead who is autistic? It actually hit a little bit too close to home for my comfort. But that’s something that I need to figure out. Mostly, I just love the fact that this gorgeous romance is about someone who is a little off-kilter and different. Not the typical trope of a lead woman.
This story was sassy, pithy and filled with humour. Although there are some pretty serious issues and experiences dealt with throughout, it’s more so about finding your perfect fit. That one that works so well for you, even when you’re not really sure how you fit into the world. That’s the part that worked best for me – I’m different, I got to read about someone who is different but still finds the man that she loves and who loves her. For exactly who and what she is. It’s just so much lighter and nicer than most of the books I read which feature a person who is not considered “normal” by mass populations.
I finished this book late last night, and then couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But, now, in the early hours of the next morning when I’m trying to sit down and write about what I experienced? I seriously can’t find the words. This book is just freaking amazing. It fits my current obsession with romances but is so much more. It’s relatable. It’s almost impossible to forget and it takes some very intense experiences and creates a narrative that makes you feel happy and light-hearted at the end. What more could you want?
Anybody who likes contemporary novels should read this. It is one of those books that is impossible to forget and get away from. In the best way possible. To top that off, it’s a totally unique storyline. Alright, it’s a little reminiscent of Pretty Woman, but it’s modernised and uses a hurdle that so many people have to overcome. Honestly, everyone just needs to read this. It’s impossible to put down.