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December 2018: Geek Reads > The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - 3 stars

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Booknblues | 5493 comments I used to read romance novels quite a bit, well medieval romances to be specific and sometimes western, but it has been some time. I picked up Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient, because it sounded cute and light and definitely a bit geek and that suited me to a tee. I would describe it as Romantic Geek Soft Porn.

The idea is cute and that is what I was attracted to. A successful young woman with Asperger's syndrome wants to learn all the ins and outs of a relationship so she hires an escort to instruct her. She loves her work and describing it to her parents says:

“Our newest client—a large online vendor who shall remain nameless—provided the most amazing datasets, and I get to play with them all day. I designed an algorithm to help with some of their purchase suggestions. Apparently, it’s working better than expected.”

Michael the escort has issues of his own, but he of course is oh, so sexy. The story line is predictable and if you were to cut out all the sex scenes relatively short.

I enjoyed Michael's family and both the main characters pretty much except when they were too cloyingly sweet.

I found it interesting that the author was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and found the main character easy to write because she modeled her after herself.

Reflecting on the book, I will probably keep my reading of romances to one every 5 years or so.


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Jgrace | 2748 comments ...on the spectrum, do you ever wonder if this is becoming an overused label? I'm sure we've both worked with children whose needs are obvious, but this label has really expanded in the years since the first time I heard it applied.

Anyway, thanks for this review. I don't mind a little romance in my literature, but I want something more than that alone to carry a plot.


Booknblues | 5493 comments Jgrace wrote: "...on the spectrum, do you ever wonder if this is becoming an overused label? I'm sure we've both worked with children whose needs are obvious, but this label has really expanded in the years since..."

It is basically Pretty Woman with genders switched.

Well you know with autism, ADD and ADHD , they all seem a bit overused. When I hear about people diagnosed later in life I wonder about it and what benefit it has. I've certainly met children who I wondered about the diagnoses of all of the above and then I've met some who I thought it fit.

The author's child had been diagnosed and then when she looked at it closer it seemed she met some criteria, so must have consulted physician.

It is important to the story and well there isn't a whole bunch to the story (besides sex). My favorite part was Michael's family.


Booknblues | 5493 comments Judith, I really wouldn't recommend this for you though. It doesn't seem to be in your lane....

unless you are in the mood for a little erotica. It exceeded the level I enjoy.

I guess I am an old fuddy duddy.


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Jgrace | 2748 comments Booknblues wrote: "Judith, I really wouldn't recommend this for you though. It doesn't seem to be in your lane....

unless you are in the mood for a little erotica. It exceeded the level I enjoy.

I guess I am an old..."


Oh, I'm not opposed to erotica, I am a Gabaldon fan. ;) It's just that it becomes very boring ( or very funny) quickly if there isn't something more substantial. Even with the Outlander books, where I'm very invested in the characters, I sometimes wish the author would give them a bit more privacy.

But you're right, I probably won't read this one.


Booknblues | 5493 comments This is way more excessive than Galbadon. If Galbadon had this much her books would be 500 pages more.

It does become boring. So let's just say I skimmed over a fair share of this book.


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I have seen this book everywhere and it seems to be one so many love. I enjoyed your review.


Booknblues | 5493 comments Rachel wrote: "I have seen this book everywhere and it seems to be one so many love. I enjoyed your review."

Thanks, I can see that some people may like it, but it really isn't a book for me.


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