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The Kiss Quotient

(The Kiss Quotient #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  69,272 ratings  ·  11,818 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
Paperback, 1st US edition, 317 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Berkley (first published May 30th 2018)
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Reggie I know the the author expressed her feelings on this but I couldn’t help thinking of Stella as Asian or half Asian half white. I think it was her…moreI know the the author expressed her feelings on this but I couldn’t help thinking of Stella as Asian or half Asian half white. I think it was her parents who had such high expectations of her (totally stereotyping in my head) and also the fact that she was aware of wuxia and Asian actors. Or maybe I’m getting their POV’s mixed up in my head.(less)
Dale I feel like there are definitely some steamy moments—and agree that it's graphic, but it's so well-written as well as in my opinion, it wasn't like…moreI feel like there are definitely some steamy moments—and agree that it's graphic, but it's so well-written as well as in my opinion, it wasn't like there was a sex scene every other page. So I felt like, despite the novel revolving around the fact that the hero is an escort, the story was less of about that and more about their relationship.(less)

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Emily May
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Chaima ✨ شيماء
This book had the nerve…the audacity…the unmitigated gall…to come into my home…where I pay the bills…and let me down.

On the bright side, however, at least it’s not a Percy Jackson movie.

I relish stories that give voices to cultures and experiences that are unfortunately too rarely represented on page or screen, so when I heard this book is an ownvoices story about a woman with Asperger's, I immediately added it to my TBR.

Although this novel isn't as winning as I expected it to be, there's certai

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
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 as
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Joce (squibblesreads)
lord jesus mama needs a cold shower
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.
“I’m obsessed with you, Michael,” she confessed.

I want to hug this book. But since I don't have the physical copy of it yet, I'm going to have to be satisfied with hugging my kindle.
The story was even better the second time round. I remember the miscommunication bugging me when it happened the first time I read it. Now, I'm realising us humans do have a major issue with communicating because we're uncomfortable with being vulnerable.

I appreciated even more how unapologetic Stella became. How
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 The Kiss Quotient ★★★★★
#2 The Bride Test ★★★★☆

Sometimes, you hear so much hype for a book that you reach the point where you’re almost afraid to read it, because your hopes are so high that you just know, if it disappoints you even an iota, you’re going to be totally crushed… right? It’s the worst feeling and it can make it so hard to finally pick up that superlatively popular read, because nobody wants to be the only person who hates a book, right?

“All the things that make you different
Penelope Douglas
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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
YESSSSSS! 2018 GR Choice Awards - Best Romance - Winner :)


Even Sarah J. Maas recommends this book! Pls watch this video clip. :P


Attention please! This book is going to be a movie soon. OMG I can't wait to see Stella & Michael on the screen. 😍😍😍
For more info, pls read this article! ❤


One of the best books of 2018 and THIS BOOK I
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is a 2018 Berkley publication.

A real charmer!

Stella, an Econometrician, has intimacy issues, perhaps a symptom of her Asperger’s. With her mother growing impatient for grandchildren, and after absorbing an ugly comment, which took aim at Stella’s lack of sexual experience, she decides to hire a male escort to ‘teach’ her everything she needs to know about dating and sex.

Michael Phan has never had a client like Stella. She touches a part of him, he keeps barrica
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
C.G. Drews
Aww how cute is this?! I wanted to read this because of the #ownvoices autistic storyline, but hesitated for ages romance is not my thing lmao. But I was too curious not to try, so here I am and my opinion is seriously: AWW HOW CUTE IS THIS.

It almost reminded me of Lara Jean x Peter Kavinsky...with the fake dating. But grown up. And with a lot of sex. And he's an escort and she's an autistic and works in economics instead. \_(ツ)_/ So um nothing alike but the FAKE DATING. It's a f
Elyse Walters
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update.. This is going to be a feature film!!!!
If you haven’t read this charming book yet...
consider it!!!!!

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!
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
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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
4 1/2

f your looking for a romantic, sweet & very steamy (seriously this is definitely an ADULT book) please kick up #thekissquotient by @helenhoang
I fell in love with these characters and the plot and flew through
It in a day! So addicting! So romantic and swoonworthy!!
Also loved that our main character was autistic, we need more rep like that!

Would highly recommend!
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Also again this is a very mature adult book so definitely a lot of adult times...if you catch my drift.

Huge thanks to
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favourites
THIS WAS THE BEST. Michael reminded me SO MUCH of my husband and the romance was killer omg everyone go read this!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Natasha Polis
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Okay, you have a choice here.
You know you are going to have to buy a used car because all of the cars are used these days. So, you're gonna have to put up with something. Maybe have to spruce it up a bit.

or a lot.

But the main thing is that you want it to have low mileage. Maybe not too many previous owners, right?

Well, if our hero, Michael, was a used car, he'd be this:

That's right, he'd be a soup kitchen. Because of that, I had a hard time finding it plausible that a girl who couldn't even hand
Khadidja ~on hiatus~
I just want to fight the old me who rated THIS book 4stars. That wasn't me, really.
People, i just reread this book and i swear i want to reread it AGAIN i think i understand Stella's obsession now. I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK

Read this book please, and now that I'm beside you squealing when you do so. (In a fangirling way, not a creepy way i swear)

Original trashy review :

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

You've got to admit that this was
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
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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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“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.” 113 likes
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