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message 1: by Lynn, Moderator (last edited Mar 31, 2019 01:41PM) (new)

Lynn | 4021 comments Mod
Romance Winner

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient

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 dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

message 2: by Vicki (last edited Apr 04, 2019 03:55PM) (new)

Vicki (goodreadscomboobooper49) | 66 comments I actually read this one on March 18 and I loved it. It was so cute, and I enjoyed reading about Stella's Asperger's too, especially because I have a grandson who was diagnosed with it years ago. I first heard of it when America's Next Top Model was on TV and one of the contestants had Asperger's.

Michael and Stella's (view spoiler)

Michael Phan is (view spoiler) So they actually mutually got needs filled by the other.

Much of the book is predictable, not so many surprises/twists, but it still will touch your heart and the fact that it's predictable doesn't take away from its good story line because it's unique.

I do wish that the author had gone into the subject of Aspergers a bit more and I'm not sure if she gave any books or resources in the book because I had only the audio version. I hope that she did include some.

message 3: by Lynn, Moderator (new)

Lynn | 4021 comments Mod
I read this a couple of months ago and enjoyed it too. I agree with you Vicki that it was predictable but I had a lot of fun reading it.

message 4: by Geoff (last edited Apr 05, 2019 11:47AM) (new)

Geoff McCausland | 27 comments I picked up the book a short time ago but held off reading it until this month. Yes, I do agree it was predictable. Still a couple of surprises for me. Also couldn't help falling in love with both of them and feeling every emotion along with them.

message 5: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 7 comments I really liked this book as well. I wish I could link to my review, but I forgot to write one! Very strange for me, especially since I gave it 5 stars! I remember finding it humorous, as well as romantic, smart.

Anyway, I agree with your updates/comments. I recommend it!

message 6: by Reija (new)

Reija | 101 comments I haven't read much romance so I didn't know what to expect. Basically I keep wondering why she was crazy about boy when even her job sounded more interesting. I mean, love is great but could you something else in your life too. Well, it might be just genre issue for me.

Marythios (AkaSusanne ) | 296 comments I really love this story so much. It makes you feel good inside for Stella. Her awkwardness around other people or taking the chance to get to understand how relationships work. I loved the concept that she paid an escort to teach her no strings attach and at least she is getting someone hunky as Michael. I was surprise though how there relationship blossomed from a working one to something more. I am not done with it close so i do not know yet how the relationship works for the long run but I love this book so far.

message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather | 72 comments I rated this book three stars, really a 3.5 which is what I consider a good, solid read.

Here is my review: A racy, romance-style read is not my normal choice, and I would classify The Kiss Quotient as a racy beach read, EXCEPT the main character, Stella, has high functioning autism. Despite rather simplistic writing, I really like the message the author conveys about Stella.....that she is good enough to be loved the way she is! And I like how the author reveals what it is like to be autistic, the little everyday annoyances and details that Stella deals with, and the bigger idiosyncrasies that make Stella herself. It’s not a common fictional theme, and it makes this read memorable.

(I will likely read the author's new book, The Bride Test.)

message 9: by Jenna (last edited Apr 26, 2019 07:49PM) (new)

Jenna | 81 comments I listened to this on audio back in November and thought it was cute. Romance is not my favorite genre but since it was getting so much attention, I figured I'd give it a go. I really liked Stella's character but (view spoiler)

message 10: by MJ (new)

MJ (The Book Recluse) (bookrecluse) | 13 comments I do not typically read romance, however I ordered this book as soon as I found out about it. I personally have Asperger's and work as a data analyst - so Stella was very relatable to me.

(view spoiler)

I have also picked up her second book and loved it even more than the first. I know it is a romance, but I burst into tears several times.

message 11: by Lynn, Moderator (new)

Lynn | 4021 comments Mod
Glad you enjoyed it MJ, despite it being out of your comfort zone for reading.

Thank you for giving us an insight into how authentic it was or not.

Maggie the Muskoka Library Mouse (mcurry1990) | 40 comments This was a great change from the usual type of romance I read. It was fresh and funny, and you couldn't help but like Stella and Michael. :) The racy scenes were done very well!

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