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The Kiss Quotient

(The Kiss Quotient #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  19,808 Ratings  ·  4,358 Reviews
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 dati
Kindle Edition, 1st US edition, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Berkley (first published May 30th 2018)
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Helen Hoang I envisioned the heroine as Caucasion, but the hero is mixed race. The next book features a mixed race heroine, and an Asian hero.
Amtsull44 It gets very detailed for sure. I would definitely describe it as graphic (but I enjoyed it!)

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Emily May
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars. Well, this book. I'm not even sure where to start. I guess I'll begin with an overview.

The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.

It's the perfect blend of sweet and steamy. And let me be clear: this is not YA. There's a lot of graphic sex scenes, though I should
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lola by: Rachel Aranda
I am… not impressed.

How lovely that this is an #ownvoices novel. Stella is autistic, as is the author, and so, no one can say that it is not authentic.

But the storyline is not, however, very realistic.

See, Stella is bad at sex, or so she says. She’s also bad at relationships and human interactions in general. So she hires Michael, an escort, to teach her a thing or two.

Or three. *suggestive eyebrows*

I was entertained for the first fifty or so pages, then I became tired of the sex talk. Do we rea

This was my pick for the June 2018 Book of the Month box!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”

Friends, The Kiss Quotient is so deserving of every ounce of hype it has received thus far. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read. Don’t sleep on this on
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Not exactly the wow-worthy read I was expecting.

There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding this novel and I would say, rightly so—for one reason. With this story, Helen Hoang gives voice to a syndrome that until now, has been absent in the romance genre. Through her cast of endearing characters, she explores the importance of self-acceptance and the desire we all have to find that one person who makes establishing an intimate relationship feel effortless. I just wish I had enjoyed the plot as much a
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Kiss Quotient is quite the unexpected romance novel. Stella Lane is on the spectrum and wants to get better at sex so she can, hopefully, find a life partner and start the family her parents so very much want her to have. To get better at sex she hires Michael, an escort with a lot of debt and a few secrets but who, somehow, is exactly the man she needs. Of course he is! That's how romance novels work. But this is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive. Stella is ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-five-stars
5+ Stars!!!


There isn't much better as a reader than finding a debut novel that you have zero expectations for, and it blowing you away. The Kiss Quotient did just that. Helen Hoang wrote a book that is smart, sexy, made me laugh, and gave me just the right amount of feels. There wasn't one thing I would change about this story or the characters. I loved everything about it! 

Stella Lane is a thirty year old econometrician who is smart and successful, but lacking in one area of her life. Relation
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 6/12/18: Hi hello I am still SO obsessed with this book. If you haven’t read it yet, PLEASE READ IT. You absolutely will not regret it.

Original read 5/2/18: I am a swooney mess, oh my LANTA. I haven’t swooned this hard since Joshua Templeman. My heart is so happy right now, I can’t even. WHAT A ROMANCE.
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
lord jesus mama needs a cold shower
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Attention please! This book is going to be a movie soon. OMG I can't wait to see Stella & Michael on the big screen. 😍😍😍
For more info, pls read this article! ❤

One of the best books of 2018 and THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!! :)
I'm begging you, please don't miss out this beautiful story. <3 I highly recommend it. ;)


“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”

Michael <3 *sigh* Trust me, you have to meet with him ASAP!!
things about this that were very good:
- the autism rep
- the fact that while the author was researching said autism rep, she got diagnosed with autism
- this is #ownvoices for autism and asian rep! yay! cool inclusion of vietnamese culture!
- the female character is the moneymaker/works in STEM and the male character has less money/is a creative! employment gender role reversal.

things about this that were not very good, for me, personally, sorry:
- a woman getting f*cked out of some of her autism sy
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, if this wasnt just the most wholesome story i have read in a while. my goodness. this was so pure.

i think romance books have improved so much lately. its been quite wonderful to see romance stories with so much depth to them, beyond just two people in love/lust. not that the swoon-worthy parts arent great, but now i can actually say i read the books for the plot, and mean it. :P

what i really enjoyed about this book, specifically, was getting the opportunity to read from the perspective of
Penelope Douglas
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this Friday night on a plane, and as usual, I suspected I probably wouldn't make it past chapter 3 before just putting on my headphones and opening up my laptop to write instead. Most of my readers know I don't read much romance anymore, not because it's not good, but because I write it all day, I kind of need a break when I'm reading for pleasure. So I veer toward other genres.

It's like a hairstylist, you know? You think their families would constantly be able to get their ha
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was so easy to love; I can see why it's getting all the attention it so richly deserves. The Kiss Quotient is the perfect example of own voices that we desperately crave more of. The author is more than qualified to write this story, and I really appreciate how she accurately portrayed the characters and also how she included a deeper aspect of understanding what Stella's parents have journeyed through as well. Highly recommend the audio version as the narrator was engaging and pleasan ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favs-the-baes
“I’m obsessed with you, Michael,” she confessed.


I confess that I am obsessed with this book. These characters. I had problems breathing properly on several occasions. Why did no one prepare me for the amount of damn, steamy scenes were going to be in this book?!

I could’ve died just by swooning, good lord.

Stella is my hero. Michael is my husband. (Book-boyfriend is too short term) I need this man in my life.

I’m liking that more and more romance novels are coming out now that have substan
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I salute Helen on her first published book! A total winner!


Watch this space, Helen is a going to be one of the top writers so if she writes I will read it!!

The author created a book that is unique according to me, it felt real!!!

The characters are perfect, I learned a few things about woman living with autism and that there is a few variations of autism.



Don't let the cover fool this is smoking hot!!

Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

To sum up my reading experience of The Kiss Quotient, I would have to say it’s like, not love.

I really wanted to love The Kiss Quotient. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. I think the hype ruined it for me, as I had mighty high expectations going into this.

25-year-old econometrician Stella has autism; she’s high functioning but has trouble with social skills and intimacy, amongst other issues. Her mother wants grandbabies and pressures her to date. But Stella does not enjoy datin
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
10 perfect stars!

Review & Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.

All the things that make you different make you perfect.”

I am in love. The Kiss Quotient is a beautiful and realistic debut novel that breaks stereotypes, embraces uniqueness, and makes one think about their self-worth. It’s the kind of book that will make you smile, swoon, tear up, and think. I was on cloud nine when I finished it. It’s been a few days since I finished reading this book, and I’m still on a high! I haven’t read anythin
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to like romances, but never find good ones
Recommended to Tatiana by: PW
The last time I enjoyed a romance novel this much was... hm, I think the word I am reaching for is NEVER. I am always looking for good love stories but rarely find them. This book scratched my romance itch just right. I pretty much loved it.

So the setup goes like this. An autistic econometritian unable to form relationships and under pressure from her mom to start a family hires a male escort to teach how to “be good at sex” so she knows how to attract and keep a man. She doesn’t really like to
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m completely mush over this debut.
Author Helen Hoang moved me to tears ...
( embarrassing to say how much)...

I found it so heartwarming- that even the word heartwarming isn’t big enough.
A love story .... that I loved!
&#x1f98a; Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

“I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you.
I want you all the time.
I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”

Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Asperger Syndrome
- a developmental disorder characterized by severely impaired social skills, repetitive behaviors, and often, a narrow set of interests, but not involving delayed development of linguistic and cognitive abilities

Readers often criticize that there isn’t enough representation of certain characters
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Navessa by: Dahlia
I devoured this in a single sitting. And it was fucking delicious.

For me, this book has everything going for it. It's dramatic, emotional, educational, complex, diverse, and hotter than sin.

This is an own voices romance with a female lead on the autism spectrum, and the entire plot setup revolves around her commitment to becoming better at sex. Because, for Stella, being touched by another human is a tricky, sometimes highly unenjoyable experience.

So what's a modern, successful, driven woman t
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
" I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe."

You've got to admit that this was the most cute nerdy confession you ever heard.

The Kiss Quotient is an outstanding, refreshing, cute, hot romance and i find that very hard to find.

Stella is autistic. she's a sweet, intelligent, precious character whom i love like my own child , and if someone tries to harm her i will cut their fingers and shove them down their throats because how dare they.

I never grew bo
Natasha Polis
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is said to be heartwarming but it took awhile to get there for me. This was an exploration of an autistic women's sexual awakening. Eye opening for me, but still extremely steamy and just a good romance.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
THIS WAS THE BEST. Michael reminded me SO MUCH of my husband and the romance was killer omg everyone go read this!
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

I'm sitting here talking to my book bestie who is attempting to write a review for this book as well and we both are a little intimidated by the task because it's hard to do it justice. So let me get one thing out in the open:


I suppose I could end this review here but I need to explain how awesome this book is and why I'm demanding of you to read it. Even if you don't believe ME, check out the other reviews about THE KISS QUOTIENT.

I have only read one story in the past
chandler ainsley ❁
well i promised myself i wasn't going to 5 star this, but then the author's note at the end made me cry like a lil bitch

this book was so excellent. like the blurb says, it's about a woman with autism who hires a male escort to help her with her own perceived social ineptitude. but honestly it's just a perfectly romantic story about two people who just really get and accept everything about each other.

what did i like: almost everything but here's an actual list
- stella had a typically masculine j
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
5+++++ STARS
I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”

There's only one way to summarize my feelings for this book, and that's to tell you that it's an ABSOLUTE FREAKING MUST READ. The Kiss Quotient was quite possibly the most charming, addictingly satisfying romance I’ve read all year! It was everything. ALL OF THE THINGS. And I’m on cloud 9 after finishing it! I don
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
I can’t tell you how many people recommended this book to me, and I have to say THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU for the push to read this one!!

There are so many stellar reviews out there so I’m going to keep this short and simple. This book, god this book had a little bit of everything. The romance between Michael & Stella was a perfect blend of steamy and sweet as the plot kept you glued to the pages. Michael was all sexy and a smoking hot guy while Stella made my heart explode with so much happin
Whitney Atkinson
This book didn't entirely live up to the hype to me, but I'm still glad I read it.

Mainly, I think this book just lacked a spark. I can't pinpoint if it was the narration or the writing or the relationship's pace and circumstance, but I kept waiting for this story to grab me, but it hardly ever did. When I would put this book down, I really had no drive to pick it back up again, which is usually not the case with romance books. Maybe I'm in some weird slump that this book has nothing to do with,
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

This must be my first romance read in years to come, but the premise behind The Kiss Quotient sounded like the right kind of light and steamy book I craved. The romance also indicates that a lot of the novel depends on feeling and less on rational thought, so the two constant moods I had during my reading experience - courtesy of the male lead, Michael Phan- can be summed up with these iconic vines: #1 For today's forecast; #2 bad boi's.

Also: Why did I choose one of the warmest days of the seas
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Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT. She currently lives in San Diego, California with ...more

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