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The Bride Test

(The Kiss Quotient #2)

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,286 ratings  ·  1,903 reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart...

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions — like grief. And love. He thinks he's defecti
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Berkley
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    Emily May
    May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    He was ignoring everyone, including her, at this expensive wedding. So he could read a novel about alien demon things.

    My soulmate!

    I am going to share this again closer to publication, but after my experience with The Kiss Quotient and how it quite literally changed my life, I just couldn't wait to read this. And I gave a lot of thought to my rating. Five stars for a cute smutty romance? Really? But these books are very special to me and I think, deep down, they are actually a lot more than cut
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    Melanie

    ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

    “It felt too big. At the same time, it didn’t feel like enough.”

    The Bride Test is the most anticipated sophomore novel from Helen Hoang, AKA: the goddess who we do not deserve and who gifted us The Kiss Quotient! And this book is following a couple of characters who we originally met in that debut! I didn’t love this installment as much as I did The Kiss Quotient, but I still think that this book is a treasure and that Helen Hoang is a
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    Cristina | CristiinaReads
    A romance with characters that express so much more than just physical attraction, but also grasps the heart of the reader with the tender emotions that are portrayed...



    Once this beauty landed in my hands, I knew that there was no backing down of putting everything to the side and start it. That's what Helen Hoang does to you once you get a small glimpse of her writing. I remember last year how hesitant I was about reading The Kiss Quotient because of all the hype and love it kept getting. Whe
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    Christy
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019-five-stars
    5 stars

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    The Bride Test proves that Helen Hoang is not a one hit wonder, ya’ll. This one was so good! Did I love it as much as The Kiss Quotient? Not quite, but that was a really tough act to follow. Still, it was wonderfully written, delightful, and swoony.

    If you’ve read TKQ, you know Khai, who is Michael’s cousin. His mother is a bit bossy and wants him married. She knows how Khai is and knows he will never go after a woman on his own, so she finds the perfect girl for him while visiting Vietn
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    Warda
    Helen Hoang is becoming such an important part in my own bookish world to me. She writes romance stories that matter, that have substance, value and are a treat to read at the same time.

    This story was such a delight to read. There wasn't one part about this book that I disliked. I loved the characters and getting to know their backgrounds, why they were the way they were and how their circumstances shaped them. I couldn't get enough and I never wanted this story to end. I'm still craving for mo
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    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Helen Hoang has done it again! Similarly to The Kiss Quotient, this perfectly balances a mix of charming romance and deeper topics and I loved the heck out of it. The only thing that really kept me from giving this a full 5 stars was the weird power imbalance between Khai and Esme. I never doubted them or their feelings for each other, but it did just feel a little weird as a reader knowing the stakes and the secrets that were being kept behind the scenes. With all that being said I still HIGHLY ...more
    Meredith
    Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    Ugh. No. Not for me.

    So many issues, so little time.


    I appreciated the author’s note at the end.

    I’ll just leave it that.

    I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Tatiana
    Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: romancelandia, ppb, 2019
    More serious, less smutty, equally sweet, compared to The Kiss Quotient.

    So, mail-order bride scenario in romance is not exactly my idea of a good time. (And neither was a male escort one in The Kiss Quotient). But what Helen Hoang undoubtedly has a talent for is creating characters that are kind and empathetic.

    Esme is recruited by Khai’s mom to seduce and marry him, so that he finally can have someone to be with. He is on the spectrum, and isn’t good at relationships, for obvious reasons. Now,
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    Jennifer
    The Bride Test is the second installment in Helen Hoang's collection of adult romance standalones titled The Kiss Quotient. As opposed to many other readers, I personally enjoyed The Bride Test much more than its predecessor. Hoang continues to be inclusive with a high-functioning autistic primary character. Subtle education about this amazing population shatters ignorant stereotypes as we witness internal processing, growth, and love. Yes, love. Doesn't it look and feel different to us all rega ...more
    Angelica
    ok, so despite my average rating, this book was actually super cute!

    Last year I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It was enjoyable and cute and oh, so unique. Never had I read a book from the point of view of a character on the autism spectrum. To be honest, its something I never even thought about, especially not when it came to romance novels. I really do wish that more authors take that POV into account in the future as it was definitely an interestin
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    Kaceey
    The story is sweet, kind, loving and gentle. And did I mention steamy?? Oh my!

    Khai’s mother is desperate to find him a wife. Khai’s problem is not that simple – he is autistic and just has no interest in personal relationships. Well, time for MOM to step in!
    On a “bride seeking” trip to Vietnam, she crosses paths with a beautiful young woman working at the hotel. After a brief, but far from subtle conversation, she gives Esme a most interesting proposition.
    Come to America, and win over her love
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    Larry H
    May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5 stars.

    "Khai didn't hurt. He felt nothing most of the time. That was exactly why he steered clear of romantic relationships. If someone liked him that way, he'd only end up disappointing them when he couldn't reciprocate. It wouldn't be right."

    Khai Diep is handsome, successful, a devoted son and brother. He has his routines and he likes everything in its place. He thinks he's broken because he doesn't feel emotions the way others do, and it has caused his problems. But his family knows it's j
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    Azrah
    I legit had a huge smile on my face from start to finish (okay, okay, I did cry at certain parts!). Along with almost everyone who read The Kiss Quotient I have been anticipating this book for a year. After loving Helen Hoang's first book I was super hyped for her next work AND IT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS!!

    Esme is struggling in Vietnam to support her family. They rely on her and when the opportunity to go to America is presented — by a woman who is desperate to find a good Vietnamese girl for h
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    Susanne  Strong
    3.25 Stars.

    A Light-Hearted Rom Com with several blush worthy moments!


    Khai’s mother is desperate to find her son a wife - so desperate that she travels all the way to Vietnam! There, she discovers Esme (My) who she knows is the perfect match for Khai.

    Khai however, doesn’t want a wife. He doesn’t feel things like others and has never felt love. Khai is autistic, dislikes being touched and doesn’t really like being around people. That said, when he sees Esme he has an intense and immediate reacti
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    Katie B
    I'll admit I was disappointed when I finished this one because I did enjoy The Kiss Quotient and had high hopes this would be a good read as well. Lack of good chemistry is the main issue I had with this book and why it was only an okay read. Once again the author has featured characters that are underrepresented in fiction which is awesome but given romance is such a big part of the story, the fact I wasn't really feeling it, was a significant problem. Other readers really connected with the ch ...more
    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Right then and there, Khai decided green was his favorite color, but it had to be this specific shade of seafoam green.

    Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    My never thought about anything bigger then living her life, working as hard as she can so she could see her daughter happy.
    Yes, she got pregnant pretty young. But she would do it again just so she could have her wonderful baby girl by her side.
    Then My meets a strange rich lady that searches a husband for her son - Khai.
    Even though My refuses, after talking to her
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    Lola
    May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I did not like The Kiss Quotient. I thought it lacked… life. Emotion. Vulnerability. Sweet romance. And I did not feel connected to the characters one bit. From what I remember, I didn’t even push past the halfway point. That’s how much I did not care.

    All that to say that I only gave this one a chance because I am a sucker for cutesy covers and can’t help but give authors who have disappointed me in the past a second chance. As I admit this, I realize it applies to people in general, too, so now
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    Brenda ✨Delirious, Disjointed, Digressive, and (highly) Dramatic Rambles✨
    Okay.
    Whom do I have to beg to have this book right in my greedy hands?
    I can do kneeling if required.
    I'm great at kissing feet too.
    (okay that sounded weird, I don't know how to un-weird me)
    Heather
    May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I didn't love this one as much as the Kiss Quotient sadly but still overall really good book!
    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    *****FIVE STARS*****
    {ARC Generously Provided by Berkley Publishing Group}


    He could give her everything she wanted, a green card, real diamonds, his body, but love? Stone hearts didn’t love.

    She knew why he couldn’t love her. She could go to school, change her clothes, and change her speech, but she could never change where she’d come from.




    I didn't think I could love Khai & Esme's story as much as Michael & Stella's, but I did! I'm officially fangirling hard over Helen Hoang! This was a sto
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    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    🥰 The Bride Test is a sexy and sweet romance story with substance. 💖

    Khai Diep is handsome, successful and autistic. He doesn't feel things like others and believes he is incapable of the emotion required for love. Khai's mother wants nothing more than to see her son married, even if it means going to Vietnam and finding his future bride herself!

    Esme (My) is a hardworking, single mother who only wants to provide the best for her family. At her mother's urging, she accepts the offer to spend the
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    Gabby
    This book was super cute. This story follows Khai (Michael’s cousin from The Kiss Quotient) and Khai is on the autism spectrum and doesn’t think he’s capable of feeling love. His love interest Esme is this Vietnamese woman his mother finds him and she arranges a marriage for them because she’s afraid her son will never find anyone.

    So we get this amazing fake dating trope that I love, on top of Helen Hoang’s adorable cute writing. I always really enjoy her writing - it’s so fluffy and cute and m
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    Eryn
    2 / 5 ~

    Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC! After finishing The Kiss Quotient a week ago, getting approved for this arc was amazing. I started it right away. And, sadly, I realized it was going to be nothing like The Kiss Quotient.

    The Kiss Quotient characters had chemistry, whereas in this book, I felt like there was little-to-no chemistry. Obviously, that’s my opinion and some of you will disagree when the book is released. But, I wasn’t a fan.

    I’ll write more when the book is released in May;
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    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    Simply amazed!!! These two books that I have read by this author..... Speechless......



    I seriously can not wait for more from her!!! Her books consume me, make me fall in love, not just with characters but this authors writing more and more!!! The emotions, yep, this book you will definitely feel them. Laugh, smile, be angry, and cry real tears, but ohhhhhh soooooo worth it!!

    If you want to be swept away in a good book, a beautiful memorable romance, this is it!! Khai & Esme are such a sweet
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    Berit☀️✨
    Sweet. Steamy. Diverse.

    So over this past weekend I read both The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test. Helen Hoang completely stole my heart with her delightful characters and enchanting storylines.The Bride Test was so charming it read like a fairytale, a more diverse much steamier fairytale. I like my romances with strong males and sassy females and this book checked both those boxes off. I also like my romances to be more than just a romance (if you know what I mean) and this one definitely wa
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    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    5 STARS

    At the beginning before start reading The Bride Test I wasn't sure if it could be as good as The Kisss Quotient so I'm so happy to say this was absolutely fantastic!The Brite Test is a heartwarming and sweet story.

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    I adored Esme and Khai, their story was unique and full of emotions.The romance was sweet and so cute , my heart *sigh* I was swooning with these two!They are two characters from different worlds but somehow they were perfect for each other! Esme is a strong heroine and I like
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Four compassionate girl loves boy loves girl stars!

    I loved this book! I love Khai and My/ Esme’s story more than Michael and Stella’s story! Their story is sexier, more passionate, more real, poignant, genuine and emotional.

    Khai might think he is out of feelings, he cannot connect with people, it’s impossible for him to love someone. Well, it’s so wrong ! Because from the beginning even he resists to change and he is irritated to live with Esme, blaming her push him out of his comfort zone, he
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    Kristen
    Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I don't normally publish reviews for ARCs this early but since First to Read is shutting down, I know I will forget to grab my reviews before they disappear so I'm doing it now.

    Ok. I imagine it is ridiculously hard to write a second book after your first was so successful. As a reader, it's hard not to have high expectations or compare the two. Like many people, I adored The Kiss Quotient and I'm sure a lot of that was because I went in with zero expectations. The cover was cute, the description
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    peachygirl
    Another sweet, sexy winner from Helen Hoang.

    The protagonist Khai Diep is Michael's cousin from The Kiss Quotient. He is autistic, nerdy and would rather spend time at a tax convention than a concert. Ever since the death of his bestfriend in a freak accident at 15, Khai believes himself to be incapable of emotions, which prevents him from forming any meaningful relationships outside of his family. His perpetually single status forces his overbearing but well meaning mother to find a bride from V
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    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth


    TITLE: The Bride Test
    AUTHOR: Helen Hoang
    SERIES: The Kiss Quotient #2
    RELEASE DATE: May 7th 2019
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance
    RATING: 4 Stars
    CLIFFHANGER: No

    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG

    The Kiss Quotient was one of my top favorites last year. Helen Hoang was such a beautiful surprise with her quirky, refreshing, crisp writing voice and this wonderful story about a woman on the autism spectrum. I remember that Michael told Stella about his cousin, Khai, who was autistic too - The Bride Test is his stor
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    “Please, don’t let me make you cry,” he whispered in her ear. “If something is wrong, tell me so I can fix it. Please.”

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