The Kiss Quotient | Book Review

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By: Helen Hoang

Standalone | 336 Pages | Pub. 2018

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The Kiss Quotient at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: She runs the world
  • Dude: We are also obsessed with him
  • Steaminess: Sweaty hands…

  • Emotional: I swear those aren’t tears…no really

Pairs Well With:

The French Kiss

  • 1 bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or Moscato wine
  • 1 package raspberries
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • vodka

 

Beware. Spoilers are coming…


Our Review

I adored this cute little book! This was strategically placed in our Autumn of Agony so that we could read a sweet romance in between books that will rip out our souls. And it worked!

Michael and Stella are an adorable couple that I ship really hard.

Stella is on the spectrum which was a great addition to this book. I never felt like Hoang was trying to get readers to be sympathetic to the condition, more interested in how her brain works. Stella has far more depth than the majority of female romance characters. She is incredibly smart and successful and sets an amazing example for all women today.

Michael was sweet and HIS FAMILY! I am both scared and in love with them at the same time. He will do anything to ensure the best for his family, even becoming an escort.

“How did one not obsess over something wonderful? How did one like something a reasonable amount?”

I was pretty skeptical of the whole escort thing because so many romances turn it cheesy or get too graphic about sex workers. I think that they actually pulled this off well for Michael.

The relationship felt natural and the progression was timed well. Stella becomes comfortable with Michael almost immediately, which I thought was strange at first, but it’s explained later. His cousin is also on the spectrum so he naturally responds and understands some of the nuances that Stella exhibits. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN NOTICE. That might have been my favorite thing about the entire book. He can’t even tell because he sees nothing wrong with her habits or behaviors. She is just a girl with adorable quirks and a bunch of pencil skirts.

“The hero didn’t even have to win. All he had to do to get the girl was fight for her. If he lost, she’d kiss him better.

The other thing that I loved was that he wasn’t scared of her success. Maybe for half a second, but he didn’t let that completely ruin everything for him. His greater fear was not being good enough for her, not that she emasculated him.

“If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.”


Have you read The Kiss Quotient? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “The Kiss Quotient | Book Review

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins

    I LOVE how this one subverts tropes and conventions of the genre! It’s so rare that we see (a) women on the spectrum, and (b) male sex-workers, in fiction, and yet here we are getting TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

    That cocktail sounds delicious, by the way – it’s only 11AM here, is that too early…? I mean, it’s BASICALLY a mimosa, right…?

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  4. Damn! Haven´t read this one, either. But Imma getting it now! I´m not really a fan of escorts in romances ( mainly because they always turn out to be obnoxiously exaggerated, no matter which direction they go ) but I´d be a fan of the escort thingy if they were the way you just described it to be in this book! ❤

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