The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

Helen Hoang

With little experience in dating, Stella hires an escort to practice. However, their no-nonsense partnership starts to make a strange kind of sense.

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"This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

"Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.


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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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...


Advance Galley Reviews

This was an enjoyable book overall, its a nice easy read. I wasn't sure what to except after reading the first few pages, in which Michael says he got his STD results and was clean...that just made me rethink wanting to read this book, but it did get better for me after maybe 1/3 of the way through. After Stella and Michael became more comfortable with each other, the book became more enjoyable and less gross. I really liked the ending.

This book gave an insightful look at both life and love with a mental illness. I was engaged the entirety of the novel and the storyline is astoundingly magnificent. The uniqueness of the plot is what hooked me from the start and the gripping plot and entrensic writing made me stay throughly spellbound throughout the whole story. One flaw I encountered through the book is that the relationship between Stella and Micheal worked too perfectly to a point that the whole flow of their interactions seemed entirerly idealized and essentially perfection - which isn't how mental illness works exactly. I wanted more of the perspective of what it's like to experience the types of hardships that occur externally to the character that does have a diagnosis.

I enjoyed reading this title a lot. I can't wait for more from this author! I appreciate reading a romance with Asian characters because they are underrepresented in the market.

The Kiss Quotient is a cute, steamy read. I was anxiously awaiting it's release from the second I heard about it. For some reason, I just began losing interest shortly after the halfway mark. I found Stella incredibly relatable and I love how understanding Michael is regarding Stella’s needs. However, I will say that I wasn't fond of some of Michael's actions - or should I say reactions? - and found the romantic back and forth between them slightly irritating. I felt they were both pretty obvious in regards to their feelings so the fact they kept assuming the others feelings weren't genuine was a tad bit frustrating. Moreso on Michael's part than Stella's - her uncertainty is understandable.

This was a unique take on a romance novel with very real characters. Stella's struggle with Asberger's and the romance that develops between her and Michael is both steamy and sweet. I really enjoyed it.

A cute, fun read. :) I enjoyed this one! Thanks for the opportunity.

Steamy! But also, super sweet. I fell in love with Stella right away and even though Michael seemed a bit too perfect in the opening chapters, I fell in love with him, too, as he took care of our Stella. #ownvoices in multiple ways and real issues that affected both characters and their relationship.

This book just made me so completely happy. Both of the characters are multifaceted, so sweet and really good together. It is really nice to read a story about an autistic woman, written by an autistic woman and I hope that this encourages more women authors to write about their own experiences. I thought this was a wonderful contemporary romance.

I was caught from the very first two chapters. I was interested that both the author and Stella have Asperger's and that this book was about the authors' experiences leading up to this discovery. It's refreshing to read an adult romance that is consensual, doesn't rush, and yet is still sexy and very contemporary. The whole book reads kind of like a soap opera and it was done in excellent taste. I enjoyed the fact that I was able to differentiate between Stella and Michael's POV's. With some books, not necessarily just romance novels, I'm not able to differentiate between the two love interests and the characters are usually pretty bland. With Michael and Stella, however, it was very particular with their own likes, dislikes and the experiences that were happening at the time were unique and I was able to pick up on the tone of their character parts in each chapter. Michael describes himself as looking like the Korean drama actor, Daniel Henney. I liked this little tidbit because it was easier for me to visualize what he looks like and simultaneously found a new man crush. He's really sweet and though he knows he's attractive he doesn't act on it or use it to his advantage. He has a troubled past and a few situations landed him away from his dream career and instead to where he is now as an escort. Stella is a quiet woman but has her quirks and funny dialogue. Her view of the world is different and she reminded me of Eleanor from "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine". I suppose the similarities are that both of them are in the Autistic spectrum, but there's also a tone of voice that I found similar in the both of them. I feel that though Stella is a quiet and rather introverted woman, she truly blossoms as she interacts with Michael and figures out how to explore her sexuality and how to feel comfortable in her skin, something she was really struggling with at the beginning of this novel. One of the things I really enjoyed about the book overall, among many things, was the fact that the setting was in the Silicon Valley in California and mainly focuses in Palo Alto, CA., which is pretty close to where I live. It was easy to imagine the locations they were at, especially when they dined out or hung out together. I love when books are set in locations I've been to or know of for visual effect. The sex scenes were very steamy and are quite graphic. I found myself blushing at a few parts because in one hand I expected the book to be a fluffy romance novel so the sex came in unexpectantly. In the other hand, when I figured out that there was going to be sex scenes, I didn't expect them to be written so well. In some romance novels I've read, it is usually that sex is written hastily or sex that is written like Fifty Shades where it's dominating and kind of gross, to be honest. In this book, however, I felt like the sex was tasteful (albeit a little frequent), it was consensual, it was sensual and it was just right. The author didn't use weird terms for their private parts and they always had safe sex even when the situation seemed like the characters were going to forego it. I loved this and felt so refreshed reading it and was delighted, to be honest. Very contemporary and also mutual and not one-sided. Now, there was a small part about 2/3rds of the way into the book that I didn't really like. Something happens to Stella to the point where Michael gets upset and the way it was handled was a little possessive and awkward because I don't think the outcome was true to what would happen in real life, per se. It felt a little forced and out of character a bit. I don't know, it just left me uneasy but I continued reading because I had loved the plot and characters up until that point. The rest was okay, so I feel like it was a minor part which maybe if left off, would have had me giving this novel a gold medal and a standing ovation. I adore this debut author already and would love to read all the books she wishes to write.

This was a sweet, quirky, steamy romance. I was not expecting how steamy it was going to be. I thought this was going to be a little more like, The Rosie Project. It was not. This was more like Pretty Woman in reverse, which is okay. I love Pretty Woman! I thought there was a lot of humor and the characters were good I really enjoyed the autism angle, with Stella. I feel like there's been a few books lately, shining a light on autism. I really enjoyed Michael's family and it added some diversity to this book. The food they were always talking about made me so hungry! His sisters were pretty funny and a great addition! Although, I enjoyed the story, I had some issues. First, I really felt like it was so predictable and the story just fell short for me. Secondly, I was really annoyed about how they felt with each other was so obvious, and they were just so adamant that the other person didn't care. This lasted so, so long and I was getting really annoyed. Several times, they both give hints to how they feel. I understand it more from Stella but come on, Michael knows better! It's just miscommunication, talk to each other and stop trying to guess what they feel!!!  This was a cute book and for some reason I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would. I enjoyed it but there are definitely books that I've enjoyed more. Also, not to be weird but I really expected way more math in this book. haha! Come on, look at that cover!  Thanks to First to Read -Penguin Books USA for a free e-ARC of this book!

I’ve been anticipating this book for a long while, and I was not disappointed. This is a beautiful and diverse romance (own voices too!). You don’t see many autistic leads in romance, and the story overall is refreshing. It was a lot sexier than I was anticipating, but I thought that worked very well in the story and with the characters. Michael and Stella were a delight, honestly. Highly recommended.

I really enjoyed this story! It had many refreshing and unique elements, and the romance was developed very well. Stella’s Asperger’s plays a central role but does not subsume her other character traits. As a warning, though, there are several moments that are tough to read for someone with or someone who knows others on the spectrum. Seeing the reactions of other characters who don’t fully understand the situation adds to the tension and drama but is also heartbreakingly realistic. Michael’s family and their cultural traditions add other interesting elements to the story that aren’t often explored, at least in mainstream romance. His struggle between pursuing his passions in life and supporting his family — whether or not they need his support — made him a very compelling character. Thank you to the Penguin Random House First to Read program for providing an ARC for review!

This book is cute and romantic and sexy all at once! I thought this was a romance but it’s definitely a romance erotica and I’m not complaining. This book is the fire emoji times ten. I love that Stella is autistic because you don’t see an autistic heroine 99% of the time. It was so refreshing. She’s kind and caring and loyal. I like how dedicated she is to math and economics, and I like her sense of style. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. And one of those things is learning to be better at relationships and sex, so she hires Michael. Oh man, Michael. Is it hot in here? He’s charming and sexy, which is great because he’s an escort, but I like that when Stella gets to know him we see that he’s also caring and loyal to his family and friends, and a talented designer. SPOILER: The one thing I didn’t like was when Michael got too “alpha male” and aggressive about Stella and Philip. He mentioned it felt like one of his balls was being ripped off and he felt like being violent towards Philip. I get it, you’re a man and you’re manly, blah blah blah. It just felt like too much in that moment. Men can be jealous without having to feel like they’re not men anymore. Anyway, I loved this book, how autism was portrayed, the romance, the erotica, the family aspects, and the underlying theme that’s it’s okay to be who you are.

I wanted this book before I read a sample. The sample had me convinced I needed to read it. I am mom to two boys with high functioning autism, a voracious reader, and a lover of romance books. I read this is one sitting. The author’s portrayal of Stella was absolute perfection. The book did have some ego and misunderstandings that I found frustrating but they fit with Stella’s autism and Michael’s insecurities and only enhanced the story. The story had steamy scenes that were incredibly well done. Michael stole my heart from the first page. I adored his family, and Stella’s reaction to his grandmother. I liked Stella’s vulnerability mixed with her competence. She did an amazing job of representing how people with high functioning autism react in society.

Stella Lane is not your typical romance novel heroine -- she is beautiful, yes, but she is a whiz at math, losing herself for hours in the econometric work that she loves, and suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, which causes her to feel uncomfortable when people touch her, has kept her clueless about how to be in a real relationship, and makes it incredibly difficult for her to relate to much of the world around her. One thing she knows for sure: She wants to be loved by a man and, since she has more money than she knows what to do with, paying for a professional male escort to teach her a thing or two seems like the perfect plan. Enter Michael Larsen, a gorgeous man with a complicated life. Escorting to pay for his mother's medical bills is not something he enjoys, but Michael's dedicated to his family and is willing to work days at his mother's alterations/dry-cleaning shop, weeknights at the dojo, and Friday nights working women to help his family in any way he can. He refuses to turn out to be the man his father was, leaving his family when they need him most. Then Stella hires him and his world is completely turned upside down. He's smitten by her charm, her wit, her beauty, and her intelligence, and he is dedicated to being the only man to give her lessons in love. What started as a simple lesson in lovemaking has both of them falling in love with one another. Can they get out of their own way to express how they truly feel, or will their vastly different worlds pull them apart? Thoughts: I devoured this book in just a few hours. I absolutely loved it! The characters were adorable and the feelings they have for one another are so well written that it left me breathless at times. Stella tries so hard to be "normal" and truly cares for those around her, even if she's not sure how to express her feelings or read social cues. Michael is heartbreakingly sweet, deeply caring for everyone around him and handling all of his responsibilities with such poise and determination. His dedication to those he cares about makes it easy to fall head-over-heels in love with him. His sensitivity to Stella's Asperger's, even before he realizes she's autistic, is so incredibly sweet it will leave readers with a toothache. Michael is so patient with her and so attuned to her wants and needs that readers can't help but fall in love right along with Stella. The sweet yet passionate dynamic between Michael and Stella is one that readers will remember long after finishing this beautiful novel.

I just couldn't really get into this story. I got bored with it; there was nothing really interesting or unexpected and the characters felt stagnant. It wasn't completely terrible, just something about it didn't work for me. I wound up skimming more chapters than actually reading them, in an effort to get through it more quickly.

This book was a bit more than I expected. I loved that it had an Aspie as a main character, especially since this runs in my family, and the author did it justice. It's well written but unfortunately, it was a bit too spicy in the romance department for me. That's my fault for not realizing the hot factor of this romance and in no way is a reflection on the author because she did an excellent job bringing Stella and Michael to life.

I really enjoyed this book although its provocativeness surprised me! Stella was an interesting character and I thought the author did a good job portraying her uniqueness caused by her Asperger's. It was a quick and easy read and I found myself not wanting to put it down!

I really loved this book. Stella was a delightful character. I felt like her autism was handled well, probably because the author is on the spectrum. Michael was also great. His chemistry with Stella was off the charts and I adored the way the love scenes were handled. It felt very realistic while still being hot. The supporting characters were also well-developed and they helped give insight into the main characters and their motivations. I look forward to future books by this author hopefully involving some of the supporting characters from this book.

This was a funny, sweet, enlightening story about a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who sacrifices his own happiness to help his family, and how they fall in love and find acceptance for themselves. I really liked both Stella and Michael's characters, and Michael's family was quirky and awesome. Helen Hoang's writing was great as well. As usual, my one issue with a lot of romance books - this one being no exception - is the completely frustrating and avoidable miscommunications and misconceptions that cause the characters to break up and suffer unnecessarily. I know this is supposed to drive the plot but it drives me nuts - just freaking talk to each other already! But all in all, a nice read.

When I read a romance, I typically am drawn to the historical ones. However, I have been seeing this book all over Facebook and Instagram and became curious about it. Once I read the description I knew I had to read it. Intelligent, socially awkward heroine? Gorgeous, thoughtful, and sensitive hero? Twist the roles of Pretty Woman? Ummm - count me in! And boy, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. It is a fantastic romance. Just the right amount of conflict, internal angst over what the other is thinking, and sexy time. And there is definite humor in it all - I love, love, love, when a book can make me laugh out loud. Stella really grabbed me. She is intelligent, highly structured, yet is desperately lonely. the scene where she and Michael have their first encounter and he leaves - made me want to cry with her. She wants a relationship but doesn't know how to get it or enjoy it. Michael is a smart man trying to pay the bills for his family- trading on his looks and skills in the bedroom to do so. By working as an escort it has changed his perception of himself and not for the good. I really enjoyed watching them come together and slowly realize the beauty of each other and their relationship. It is clear that together they bring forth the best of each other - and are happier for it. I absolutely adore this book! And really hope that Helen Hoang writes many more. I received an e-arc of this book from Penguin First to Read. And while I appreciate the opportunity all thoughts and opinions are mine.

5/5 I am going to start this off by saying that I’m a huge lover of romance novels. They line my room and clutter my bookcases. I’ve been in a bit of a romance slump lately but I think that the Kiss Quotient definitely catalyzed a new obsession. This book was intoxicating, addictive and I spent my entire Saturday devouring this book. I was unable to put it down and whenever I was forced to, I felt like I was being pried away from a newfound lover. Helen Hoang’s debut novel certainly tugged on my heartstrings (still is actually!) and I haven’t had a book make me feel like this in so long. This plot is so captivating, the characters so relatable and the love so enrapturing. The dramatic irony nearly killed me but the resolution was everything I ever needed (you’ll see). I definitely love this novel and I can’t wait to own a hard copy of it! This book takes us along an emotional rollercoaster with Stella Lane, a highly affluent and successful econometrician with Asperger's, and Michael Larsen, an endearing and charming Swedish-Vietnamese escort. After being pressured by a haughty coworker, Stella hires Michael to teach her to be more “effective” when it comes to sex and relationships. Of course, as the usual romance trope goes, Stella and Michael develop feelings for each other, though, of course, there are ups and downs (which I shan’t spoil). This story was lovely and it was exactly what my lovesick heart needed most. It hit all the curves; the drama and suspense were absolutely perfect and I found myself laughing, smiling, crying, and sniffling in various parts of this novel. I really found myself in Stella. Although I don’t have Asperger’s myself, I have a few family members that do, and Hoang’s depiction of it was stunning and genuine. I’m exceedingly glad that this work was created because I think a lot of people will finally be able to understand Asperger’s a bit better! Stella in herself is very engaging and she reminded me of myself: awkward in social situations, unintentionally blunt, anxious, work-obsessed. I love the way she grew throughout this novel and I’m sure many other people will too. I have an anxiety disorder which is, of course, a bit different, but I connected with Stella and felt all of her rampant anxieties. Her Asperger's was depicted with so much clarity; it wasn’t dramatized or made a spectacle (the way I’ve seen other disorders portrayed in other books), but instead, it wasn’t something that completely defined her. Michael was also very lovable. Being sweet, charismatic, attractive and actually concerned about consent makes Michael the epitome of dream boys (I was falling in love with him just as Stella was). I loved the way his heritage was depicted; I’m Asian as well and I love the representation and the way he’s not just a stereotype. I particularly loved the chapters surrounding his large family and culture; I found a lot of my family members in his mother, grandmother and sisters. Every other character felt so dynamic from Michael’s smart-talking cousin Quan, to Stella mother, the pugnacious badger. Stella and Michael’s relationship is definitely one of my favorites and I can’t wait to relive it again! This book was steamy in a few parts (okay, maybe a lot of parts..) and it was perfect actually. It lacked the cheesy Fifty Shades of Grey sex lingo (Thank God) and it was very sensual and romantic instead of being absolutely carnal and animalistic. I keep saying this but it was genuine! It was like I could feel the love emanating from the pages. Hoang seems to be an expert of making the reader feel things. All in all, I love this book and I’m now going to hold it very high on my top 10 list of favorite romances. It’s definitely the kind of book you’d want to curl up with on a rainy day. It’s plot was expertly blended with originality, sweetness, raw realness, emotion and a very good, heartwarming ending. It deserves all the stars!!!! Please read this book!

First things first: I had this ARC for weeks (WEEKS!!!) before I finally started reading it. What's wrong with me? If you have this book, please pick it up right now because it's honestly amazing. I wish I had the funds to buy every romance fan on the planet a copy of this book because it's just so well-written and witty and sexy and unique. I think this book might have actually killed me. But anyway. Moving on. I've never read about a heroine with Asperger's before. I've also never read about a hero who moonlights as an escort. The grand total of books with heroes quite this swoony and romances quite this perfect is... very small. Just a handful, maybe. If Helen Hoang's debut is this good, I can't wait to read her sophomore novel. How long do I have to wait for The Bride Test?

What a wonderfully entertaining book! Stella is a very focused econometrician who is also highly functional autistic; she thinks she is awful at dealing with people, relationships and sex because so she hires an escort to teach her and help her get used to being touched. Michael is a handsome half Swedish, half Vietnamese who is working as an escort to help pay off family bills. When the two meet, their business deal rapidly turns into something more. The Kiss Quotient is sweet, sexy (some very steamy scenes), romantic, quirky, sensitive and overall delightful. I enjoyed Stella, Michael and even his mom and grandmother; I hated for the book to end.

I must admit I picked this book based on the title and cover. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book proved to be a sweet and steamy modern romance. Stella is a hard-working econometrician convinced that she is not a person who is skilled at relationships. In order to learn and practice skills, she hires an escort, Michael as her tutor. Feelings grow quickly on both sides, but each has something they are hiding. There are definitely a few slow spots on their way to happiness that could have been condensed. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Helen Hoang.

Wow wow wow. Okay. So first off, I know they say "don't judge a book by it's cover". But in this case, I just had to. The cover and the title are FABULOUS. I am so tired of being bombarded by half-naked hairless men and cheesy titles on romance novels, that something like The Kiss Quotient grabbed me. Everything I didn't like about this book was purely because of my own personal preferences of what I like to see in romances. I tend to want them to be completely fun and carefree with "drama" that's usually just created by some miscommunication between the characters. Some of the situations the characters were in in this book made me feel uncomfortable and took me out of the fun love story. I loved the representation of autism and non-white characters. It was fascinating to read about two characters with these different backgrounds and personalities. Overall, it was a fun, tasteful, and interesting book and I would definitely recommend to someone interested in something a little different within the romance genre.

This was just ok. After getting to the end and realizing the author is on the spectrum, it made the way she handled the material somewhat less condescending but it was a little trite.

The Kiss Quotient is one of my favorite reads this year! I read about it on a couple of blogs, but once I actually started reading it I couldn’t put it down! However, this is not your typical romance book. ?? . Stella, the lead character, is an autistic econometritian that is having trouble dating so she hires Michael, a hot half Swedish/half Vietnamese escort to teach her about sex and dating. A modern day Pretty Woman, or I guess Pretty Man. . This book is full of hot sex, funny/quirky moments, autism education, and even what real consent it. . What makes it even more spectacular is that the author, Helen Hoang, realized that she was on the autism spectrum as she was writing it. As I was reading some goodreads reviews last night, I noticed MANY women identified so much with Stella that it brought tears to my eyes. I love that @hhoangwrites wrote this character for that community and I love that people with high-functioning autism get much needed representation. It’s so important to be able to read a book and be able to recognize yourself in a story! ?? . So excited for y’all to read! It comes out June 5! #spiveys??club #bookstagram

I couldn't even get past the second chapter. The characters seemed like caricatures and the plot was just laughably unrealistic. It sounded cute, I really wanted to like it, but ultimately this was a DNF for me.

*review originally posted on my goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/notgarycooper* The fact that The Kiss Quotient both lived up to, and exceeded my expectations is the reason I'm going to have the strength to get through my finals this year. I don't even know how I'm going to be able to write a coherent review for this one like, oh my god. There aren't enough words in the English language to describe my overwhelming, obsessive love for this book. Most people who know me know that The Hating Game is the book that I use as a measuring point for every other book, considering it's my all-time favorite and I've reread it like four times. So when I say that I loved this just as much as I do The Hating Game, know that that is like,, the highest honor I could bestow upon a book. Oh, where even to begin with this glorious little book? Firstly, I'd just like to express how much I worked my ass off to get an advanced copy of this, okay. Three request sites, a message to Berkeley Romance, and a Penguin First Readers lottery entry, and I FINALLY managed to get a digital arc. And let me tell ya-- there were screams when I found out I got approved. It was the best pre-finals miracle a girl could ask for. Do you ever start those books and from the first page alone, you just know that it's going to be magical? The Kiss Quotient started off like that for me, with the hilarious first scene, and fantastic introduction to the main character Stella, who hires an escort to help her practice being in a relationship. Stella is an econometrician (three cheers for STEM girls in books !!), and is such a sweet, caring, and awe-inspiring woman. Her intelligence was astounding, and I love how passionate she was about her work! I'm not a math person (like, at all), and yet I adored how excited Stella got about numbers and patterns-- it was super nice to see a female lead in love with her work, and to learn about her profession. One thing I absolutely adored about the book is Stella's autism representation, and the fact that the book is #ownvoices. Stella isn't a caricature of what people believe those on the autism scale to be; her disorder is apparent in her personality, and yet it doesn't consume her character so that she appears to be only that one thing. I'm always wary of books that tackle mental illness/disorders, own voices or otherwise, because I've read numerous ones where a character's disorder is their one and only defining trait. But I instantly knew I didn't need to worry with The Kiss Quotient. It's apparent from the get-go just how well-developed Stella's character is (along with all the rest of those in the book). Her character progression from believing her autism is a social hindrance & something to be ashamed of, to her acceptance of it at the end of the book, is one of the most raw and emotional character arcs I've read in a long time. And then we have Michael, who made me blush throughout the entirety of the book. Soft boys who are also terrific at dirty talk will forever by my number 1 weakness in books, and Michael fit that specification to a T. Between his love of designing clothes to the way he interacted with his adorably large family, and took care of his sick mother, I fell head over heels for him. I also loved that the love interest wasn't some typical, average white guy; Michael was Swedish-Vietnamese, and his culture was apparent throughout the book, which was so well done, and fascinating to read about. Michael also stole my heart by the kind way with which he interacted with Stella, and the slow progression of him viewing her as a client to seeing her as something more. The chemistry between those two was so incredibly palpable from the get-go, and honestly? I don't think I've ever read sex scenes that were as hot as the ones in The Kiss Quotient are. Consent being apparent every time and Michael's dirty talk had me in a melted puddle on the floor. Every scene between the duo was perfect and I'm just going to be over here flailing about it forever. Aside from the fabulous main plot and characters, I have to take a second to blab about how much I love Michael's family. Hoang's characterization is truly something that I felt at awe with all throughout the book. Even those who had little page time, such as Stella's parents, felt so three-dimensional, and I'm amazed at how well Hoang was able to flesh out such a large group without dedicating excessive paragraphs to each person. Michael's mom was a sweetheart who I felt for immensely, and each of Michael's sisters had distinct, identifiable personalities that were so fun to witness when everyone sat down and interacted together. Janie was particularly adorable, and I love the special bond she and Stella formed. I could go on and on about the absolute joy that was The Kiss Quotient, but I'll try to wrap this up as succinctly as I can before I continue to spout off rainbows. Bottom-line, this book has flown its way to my favorite book of the year, and I'm pretty certain it'll stay there for the reminder of 2018. With incredibly realistic characters, fantastic autism rep, terrific family dynamics, humor galore, and a romance sure to make you swoon, The Kiss Quotient is a book that is utterly perfect. You can bet I'll be championing this book and hyping it up far past its release day. It's a story that is extremely unique, and utterly beautiful, and I can't wait for everyone to read it. *5 out of 5 stars*

ust as Stella is obsessed with Michael (um...hello?!? Who wouldn't be??), I was obsessed with this book. I loved it and I thought it was wonderful. Stella, a girl who is a high functioning autistic, hires an escort so that she can learn how to be in a relationship. Sparks ensue and wonderfulness happens. I will caution that this is not for the faint of heart. This is a romance novel and there are romance scenes, but they just made me smile and wish that things would last forever. I loved the story, I loved the ending, I loved the entire book. Like I said... I was obsessed. And that is high praise coming from me :-)

I really fell in love with the relationship between Michael and Stella... I was rooting for them the entire book! Some of the miscommunications were frustrating and predictable, but overall it was a cute love story. It was awesome to read a story with an autistic heroine, but what was even more amazing was that she was easy to relate to! Bravo to Helen Hoang for going somewhere most authors don't even consider. 5 stars from me!!

I am in such a book high and now book hangover after finishing this one. It made me feel so much...joy, giddy, laughter, sadness...and just so many feelings. I never wanted it to end, and I so desperately wanted there to be more books by this author to binge. I love when an author can make me feel so deeply a part of the characters’ world and journey as this one did. The writing style had me devouring the book every chance I got. I look forward to future books.

I really enjoyed this book. Loved the plot, loved the characters. Utterly charming and just... lovely.

I started this book with little knowledge about many things - including the book itself - but ended it with a sort of apprehension. One thing I loved about it is that although the book was romance, there was more to it than the sex scenes. And the sex scenes were great. It was a well rounded book (ha!) because the author created content in and out of the bedroom. This way, the conversations didn't seem like they all led to sex, but to more information about the characters. And also sex. The book also tells a lot about autism and made me respect autistic people a lot more. This is a really good book, and I look forward to more from the author.

This book I was able to read early in thanks to first to read program by penguin.?Going into this book I'm in a book slump haven't read many books that I enjoyed. But this book helped out its about a women Stella Lane who is near 30 has a steady job and such own place and think all is good only down fall she has no boyfriend or had one and her family is asking for grand kids. Only issue though is she doesn't like sex like at all, she doesn't enjoy it and she thinks it shows. Other she is not afraid to tell people but doesn't want to be treated differently is she has aspergers. So to get better at sec life so can appease a guy she hires a escort to teach her how to get better. This is where Micheal Phan comes in who is half Vietnamese half Swedish. This story is told in both perspectives which I always love more than one side. But slowly thru the story he helps her in her own ways to learn. But like any friends with benifts or this case paid feelings get involved. But what is nice besides the love interest mike helps Stella see more of the world and get out of her routine she has since all she wants to do is work and sleep pretty much. Though some of these can be distraous I can say from first hand from being special ed like myself to my friends who have aspergers to many things at once or to loud can lead to huge melt down. One person needs to have a support system so thru this cute story you learn their story & to those that don't help the case. So a cute little story I enjoyed for a debut novel from Helen that I loved and is 5/5 stars from me.

This is a cute and quick read. I wasn’t expecting it to be as steamy as it was. I really loved the book and I thought the plot was refreshing. This would be a great summer read.

Stella loves math, she works as an econometrician (someone who uses statistics and calculus to help formulate recommendations to customers after they make a purchase online) has Asperger's, is thirty years old, hates french kissing, and hates sex. It doesn't help that her family is pressuring her to settle down and start having kids. So, in the most rational way she decides that in order for her to find the right person and settle down she needs to be good at sex and kissing. And just like that, she decides to hire a professional. The Kiss Quotient is a delightful story that reads very much like a male version of "Pretty Woman". What is really appealing about this book is the fact that the author, Helen Huong, also suffers from Asperger's and has a real insight into the mind of people, especially adult women, who suffer from this syndrome. The result is that Stella is a character that never seems fake or impossible. Huong gives us a glimpse of what goes on in the mind of someone who suffers from Asperger's, and by doing that she creates a character that jumps out of the page--someone you can relate to even if you don't have the same condition.  This is really a delightful book and a pleasant read packed with lots of romance, humor and great sex. This is a sizzling romance that won't disappoint fans of the genre. I received an early copy of this book for free from Penguin Random House First To Read in exchange for my honest review.

This book was certainly not what I expected it to be. The concept, a woman with Aspergers struggling with the world of dating, had me anticipating a more touching exploration into the characters themselves, rather than just their sexual relationship. I'd call this a beach read, it's very quick-paced and you really do not need to pay too much attention to what is going on. Personally, I skimmed several chapters, finding a lot of the "will they or won't they" tiresome as it was obvious from page one that they would. The characters, to me, fell kind of flat, especially the attempt to add some "twisted" depth to the male character. If you like the idea of empowered women, this might also not be the book for you. The entire concept is that Stella thinks she has to be good at sex to win a man, and the story doesn't tell her otherwise; except we just find out, surprise, that she's great at sex, and has the perfect body. The sex scenes were steamy, but after five or six of them, it was honestly kind of tiresome. I personally do not feel much attachment to this book. It's not a terrible read, if you're looking for something quick, easy, steamy, and slightly outdated in its depictions of women. I was just hoping for so much more.

This was an okay read and pretty steamy, but I couldn't really get on board with some of the characters' sexism and dated comments. The sexual harassment that's just brushed off at work, Stella's parents telling her she needs a boyfriend, and the almost instalove between Stella and Michael just didn't work for me as much. It was light and quick, but not really my favorite.

STEAM ALERT! This book was extremely steamy off and on the pages! I loved Stella's awkwardness with Michael and Michael's patience with her. The chemistry between the two kept me engaged until the very end. These are two very different people placed together by a chance. It just so happened that Stella needed more experience with men and Michael turned out to be the perfect find/ escort. Micheal falling for Stella in the beginning stages was super cute and unexpected.

This is a quick, cute read. I adored the main character. It is a good diverse romance.

I read this in one sitting, which is a really rare thing for me these days. I fell in love with both characters. It's a romance, yes, but it's also a celebration of what makes us unique and a story of becoming comfortable in our own skins. Both Stella and Michael had to learn to love themselves. Also, hooray for a diverse romance which includes a heroine with Asperger's and a bi-racial hero. That made me very happy! A really fun read with a characters I rooted for from the first page. It's one of my favorite reads so far this year.

A very cute, very quick read. Perfect for the beach or an evening of escapism. Stella and Michael are wonderful characters with their own motivations and their own hangups. And since it is a romance, all works out well, and quite easily, in the end.

This was a good very quick read. Romance with some interesting twists and a culture that I am not as familiar with to add some color. I agree with the other reviewers that the love scenes were hot and very well done. The main problems were worked out maybe a little too easily but ... its romance after all. I'd recommend it for beach reading.

This book was wonderful. It features a main character with Aspergers and talks about her struggles to find love because of this. Stella is a brilliant mathematician but struggles in the matters of romance. She searches for a way to study or learn the ways of sexual intimacy. The Kiss Quotient is honest, real, and wonderful. Stella was a wonderful main character, she was vulnerable, honest and lovely. Michael was an incredible match for her, he was patient, kind, and selfless. Their chemistry was off the charts! The love scenes in this book were so intense and loving! I was absolutely blown away by this story! I loved the diversity in the character and how wonderfully the story played out!

Stella Lane is an econometrician with Asperger's who decides to hire a "professional" (Michael Phan) to teach her about dating and sex. As expected in these romance novels, the business agreement turns personal. Fortunately the author's is able to put a new spin on this predictable plot with quirky characters to make this an enjoyable read (including such hot sex scenes!). Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

I really loved this book. It was very "The Wedding Date" meets "The Rosie Project" (except I liked it more than "Rosie.") Stella Lane is brilliant and successful in every way except relationships---and she sees her Asperger's as the reason for this failure to find a mate. Stella, being very scientifically-minded, decides to hire an escort to teach her how to be in a relationship. This "dating experiment" with the escort, Michael, turns out in a way that neither of them saw coming. It's a delightful, charming, thoughtful, reverent, and funny story. Stella and Michael are both incredibly insecure but incredibly likable characters, and I rooted for them every step of the way. I'll be reading future installments in Huang's "The Kiss Quotient" series for sure.

Stella is an expert in her field of econometrics but she is a bit clueless when it comes to romance. As someone with autism, she feels awkward in most social settings and has had poor experiences when it comes to her love life. So she makes the obviously logical decision to hire a male escort to give her some sex lessons. Despite his better judgement, Michael agrees to help Stella and soon the unlikely pair develop a connection. Will their insane chemistry lead to something more meaningful? I have to hand it to the author, she managed to bring something new and different to the romance genre. The author was diagnosed with autism as an adult which no doubt helped in letting Stella's unique perspective shine throughout the book. The whole hiring an escort for sex tips sounds really weird but for whatever reason it worked in this book. This is definitely an adult romance as it does go into graphic details but in no way is it some trashy romance novel. I'd definitely recommend this book if you like romance books that have a little substance to go along with the spice! Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I LOVED this book. I read it all in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I loved that this book featured a protagonist who was on the autism spectrum, but that wasn't the main point to her character. Stella is funny, smart, strong, and caring. I loved her as a protagonist. I also loved how fleshed out Michael's character was and that it really did go beyond the physical chemistry for them. This book is the best romance I've read all year. I look forward to reading anything else that this author writes!

Wow. This book blew me away! It was so unique and suprising and just plain wonderful. Getting to glimpse into Stella's life and to journey with her as she grows was incredible. Her relationship with Michael was mesmerizing and I loved watching it unfold. Hoang's writing drew me in from the first page and I literally could not put this book down. I fell in love with the characters and couldn't help but root for them at every turn. I will be longingly looking forward to Hoang's next book.

Very unique, very warm, sweet and tender hearted love story. Simply wonderful. I loved it. Thanks to the publisher for this arc in exchange of an honest review.

oh my gosh this was ADORABLE. i meant to wait until closer to the release date but it was just calling my name. i thought this would be a cute fluffy read but it was so much more. i adored the characters, especially Stella, loved the story, loved everything. One of my favourite things - tropes, I guess - is when the two main characters misunderstand each other - yes, sometimes it can get annoying but when it's done right, it is done. right. you know? and this book just killed it in that area. i felt for both characters and just wanted to smoosh their heads together to kiss.. but i was also happy following them along as they figured it out on their own. loved the writing, read it in one sitting. Highly recommend and cannot wait for more from this author.

Could not put this book down! Loved the writing. For myself I found a connection with Stella instantly and the same with Michael. Both character are crazy relatable. This is definitely a book I will be recommending.

 


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