I had a brief spate of romance novels in July, and The Kiss Quotient is the book that started it all!
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…
I don’t tend to read a lot of adult romances but I picked up The Kiss Quotient after seeing a lot of hype about it on Twitter. And oh boy!
I initially went into this book with some trepidation – I was a little worried about the fact that Stella was being pushed into dating people/learning about sex, rather than wanting to explore it because she was naturally curious. However, as the book went on, this faded away and I got swept up in the romance.
First of all, there is FAKE DATING. I’ve only read this in fanfics before and I was absolutely living for it. This is one of my favourite tropes and it was done PERFECTLY here. Secondly, I loved that Stella worked in econometrics – we don’t have enough representation of women in STEM – and that Michael was a tailor/designer.
I felt that Stella and Michael had a great
I am not autistic or biracial so I can’t speak on the representation of either Stella or Michael. When I read some own voices reviews I will link them in this review. Helen Hoang is both autistic and biracial herself.
I’m definitely going to be picking up the next book, The Bride Test.