2019 Book Review #9: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Finished Feb. 21, 2019, took 4days to read
4 Stars on Goodreads
Rating 4/9 for 2019 overall, 1/3 for Romance
Well this was a fun and fast read! I came across The Kiss Quotient from one of my favorite bloggers, Grace at The Stripe. She is an avid reader and I knew this would be a good fluffy romance read based on her recommendation.
Stella is a very successful econometrician (whatever that is) in Palo Alto, California. We learn early on that she is on the spectrum, and has not had a successful relationship with a man in her life. She wants to be in relationship, but she knows she is bad at sex. So she does something logical and hires an escort to teach her how to please a man, which will help her in a relationship.
Enter said escort, Michael. Michael has been in the escorting business for several years, thanks to some money troubles. He and Stella click right away, but the nature of their professional relationship and Stella's struggle to connect with people plagues them at many turns. In addition to Stella's struggles, Michael is keeping secrets about his family. The pair also needs to overcome cultural differences, socioeconomic differences, and the list goes on and on.
But this novel WORKS. The point of view switches back and forth between Stella and Michael. The reader clearly feels Stella's pain at not understanding how she hurt someone, and Michael's pain at not being his true self with Stella. The romance is real, and very passionate.
One note: there is a ton of sex in this short little book. I'm not shy about reading sexual situations, but this was over the top. Honestly it got a little boring and repetitive at times…but it was part of the plot so I went with it.
I recommend this book if you need a quick little pick me up romance story. The author, Helen Hoang, has another book coming out soon (The Bride Test), which I will likely end up reading since I enjoyed her style of writing. The author has Asperger's like Stella, but Helen was not diagnosed until she was an adult!