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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One of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018
One of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018

"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

I'm just going to start off by saying that I totally enjoyed this book and read it in one day! I loved both of the main characters, Stella and Michael, and their chemistry was fantastic. Also, the author did a wonderful job with Stella's character and showing what it's like to be on the autistic spectrum. Stella's parents are pressuring her to pursue a relationship even though she has a very successful career as an econometrician, a job that is perfect with her high functioning autism. Unfortunately, her experience with men have all been terrible and so she hires an escort to teach her about sex and relationships. Michael hates that he is stuck in his life as an escort, but feels he has no other choice. His first meeting with Stella lets him know she is not like the other women that have hired him. They quickly start feeling a burning chemistry between them but they both have a hard time knowing what's real and what's been paid for. This book has all the feels and I would love to know what happens next in their story.

This book was the most wonderful romance I have read in quite a while. I felt like Stella and Michael just oozed sexy and I wanted to know if everything was going to work out for them. This book had me so hooked and I did not want to stop reading ever. IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD! I would love a second book to see how Stella would deal with other bi-products of their relationship.

Quirky and fun! The author managed to highlight Stella’s struggles that come with having Asperger’s and show that her character is still relatable to everyone.

This book was so entertaining! The one thing I did not like was Philip, the coworker. I do not see how his character would actually be someone you would run into in real life. I thought he was used to create the plot quickly and was pretty much useless otherwise and I did not appreciate his behavior at all at any point of the story. It was never fully explained why he was so aggressive. Other then that, I really loved Michael's character and the way he was so patient and understanding with Stella. It was an extremely quick read if not the best work of fiction it was highly entertaining and that is all I needed from it.

I did not expect to enjoy this as I often feel put off by the use of disabilities. I LOVED this book however. It has everything in a romance I love. I loved that this book is own voices, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

I did not care for this book. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it didn't really capture my attention and seemed like a stale read. I liked the concept of this book but not the end result so much.

A very interesting and entertaining novel. Definitely well done. I liked the plot and the characters was pleasantly surprised by it overall. I would definitely recommend it.

4/5 ARC provided by Penguin Random House via First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Okay, let me start off by saying this book was a surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! I had no idea Stella was going to be on the spectrum. I always just assumed she was a nerdy girl really into economics. I loved that there was was representation in this book because it is not something I have seen in a lot of other books. That being said, this was so much fun to read. And it was a debut! I have a hard time wrapping my head around these amazing stories that are from debut authors. It’s incredible! Stella and Michael and incredible. I am so in love with Michael it hurts. I loved every second of this book and I honestly cannot wait for the next one. My only complaint is that everything wrapped up too perfectly. While I loved that Michael and Stella ended the way they did, I do wish that there was a little less happily ever after. Overall, I really loved this book!

I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to see a character on the spectrum as the main character of a novel. The relationship between Stella and Michael was very sweet and endearing, and I thought did a good job showing that everyone whether or not he/she is on the spectrum experiences social awkwardness. As a romance novel, I think it did exactly as it claimed it would and focused on the two main characters falling in love, but I think I had hoped that the book would have explored how their relationship may have functioned differently. The focus on the mother wanting grandchildren and essentially forcing Stella to seek out a "normal" relationship made me feel slightly disconnected from the characters.

I received the eARC from the publisher Berkley thru Netgalley and Read It First. With this, my review and opinion is on my own. Sexy, funny, and a heartwarming story that will surely melt your heart and will swoon you off your feet. The story revolves around Stella Lane, an econometrician who has Asperger's or simply  Autism. And Michael, the escort that Stella hired to teach her to be better at sex. It is a story where both characters has their flaws. Having that flaws didn't let them to be a hindrance to their relationship but instead it is the main ingredients to make their relationship stronger and unbreakable. Stella in the book is kinda naive. She wasn't a fan of talking to others, noises and self-confident as she have what we call Asperger's or Autism. When her mother told her to have a relationship and children already she hired Michael Phan, an escort that will help her to come up on her own shell and teach her about sex. Michael didn't fancy the idea at first as he only allowed one client to have one and only session with him. And one session with him will not allow Stella to learn all the things she need to know. Later on, Michael had the heart to teach Stella as he learns that she really needed the teachings and she have Autism.  As they goes by and their relationship is going into something, Michael broke up with Stella as he have lots of baggage in his own that he knows that Stella didn't need. But Stella on the other hand was really devastated as she didn't mind what bad things Michael has as she love him already. I adore the writing style of the author as she really write the book in a way that readers will enjoy and be swoon off with their feet by the steamy scenes in the book. Helen also depicted in the story that people who have Autism has the right to be in love, be free with what they love and be respected by others.  With regards with the sex and kissing. You don't have to worry as it was narrated in a wholesome way that readers will not feel awkward. That's also the thing that I love in the story. The erotic scenes didn't let me feel awkwardness, but instead, let me feel the love of love-making in a beautiful relationship.  I'm giving the book a solid 4 stars as it really gives me the joy and fun in reading it.

Stella is 30, single, and her mother is pressuring her to give her grandbabies. That would be overwhelming enough for most of us, but Stella is also a high functioning autistic. She has Aspergers. Stella has dated and had sex, but didn't find much of it enjoyable. She decides to call a male escort service to set up a date. The escort she chooses is Michael and he was great love interest for Stella. He was perceptive and took things slow, not knowing of her condition. This book was fun, sexy, and insightful. Unexpectedly sexy, actually, but it was well done. It was interesting to see how someone with Aspergers navigated the dating world. The Kiss Quotient was a delightful read from start to finish, even if it is a bit predictable. Surprises are overrated anyway.

I received an advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This book was more steamy than I was anticipating. I was thinking it would be a sweet love story, but it was more adult romance. This is the first book I've read with an autistic main character. Reading things from Stella's point of view and how her Aspergers affects how she interacts with the world was eye opening. It was difficult to get through the first couple chapters, but the story soon had my full attention.

5 Stars! I was seeing this book everywhere on the internet, so when an opportunity to get an ARC through the Penguin First to Read program came up I jumped on it! And what a good choice that was, this book is great. It’s got a totally adorable love story and the sex scenes are super steamy. I’m not on the spectrum, but I could absolutely relate to the female lead Stella and her social awkwardness (even though some scenes made me cringe). The male lead Michael has all my favorite qualities in a romance hero: he’s kind, cares about his family and his heroine, and is always striving to be the best person he can. Totally swoon-worthy!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang ??????????(5 out of 5) Release Date: June 5, 2018 When Stella decides the best way to beat her Aspergers and awkwardness at intimacy she does what any normal person would do......she hires an insanely hot male escort named Michael to help train her at sex. As we all know sometimes you just can't have sex and not develop feelings but being autistic that shouldn't be a problem for Stella. Then when she realizes that maybe she needs to learn more about the personal aspect of dating and changes Michaels's a whole new ballgame. I'm totally in love with this story of Stella and Michael. I've always been an awkward duck myself so to see Stella stumble through personable interactions and try to learn how to have an actual relationship with someone is endearing and sometimes even a little on the funny side and totally adorable. This story has been compared to a reverse of Pretty Woman and I totally agree with a little spice. I was in need of a cold shower after reading this book but it also warmed my heart in ways only a great love story can.

I've been looking forward to reading this book for awhile and I was not disappointed. I liked the two characters equally and they both have attributes that you don't typically see in the romance genre. Their interactions were sweet and there was an honesty about their relationship I really liked. Also, I like the reversal that she has a lot of money and he is struggling. Typically it's the other way around so that role reversal was refreshing. There were a couple of plot points were a little cliche, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I'm really glad I read this and would recommend it to those who like contemporary romance novels. I'm looking forward to her next book.

5 Stars. This book was an utter delight to read. It has some great characters that you truly want to see achieve their goals and succeed in their mission. This is an own voices book, which helps make both Stella’s and Michael’s characters feel extremely authentic. If you enjoy the fake relationship with a dose of heavy “adult” scenes, you will love this book. I loved it so much that I immediately preordered a signed copy!

I have been obscenely busy at work - we're talking 17+ hour days, 7 days a week, all friggin month. Ugh. I only say this to put my next words in context. After staring at data on a computer all day, I still couldn't wait to get home to Kiss Quotient. I was literally holding my eyes open to get in a few more words before I passed out from exhaustion each night. It is the ultimate feel-good, slump-buster, breath-of-fresh-air I so desperately needed in my May. I think Kiss Quotient was so successful for me because the main characters, Stella and Michael, and their surrounding families and coworkers feel immensely authentic. Stella is my first MC on the Autism spectrum. As a person with my own triggers for other disorders, I had some worries before I picked this up, but at no point did I feel anything other than honesty for Stella's characterization and Helen Hoang's delicate yet thorough care of the people she created. There was no gimmicky illness like in other books I've read (and mostly DNF'ed). No shtick. Stella's character and disorder had purpose and merit, and there was also a real beauty in the truth she exemplified. In the afterword, Hoang talks about her experience with her own diagnosis, adding all the more credibility to the work. And now Michael. Wooooooooooooooooeeeee. Talk about sexy. I'm a sucker for escorts with a heart of gold - I have seen Pretty Woman a million times after all. And let me tell you, I am all here for the gender-reversal on that classic that we get in Kiss Quotient. I want more hot Michael, more hot hotel sex, more hot...Vietnamese food. I want it all. The book has certainly set the precedent for my summer reading, and might even make my shortlist for best of the year. Ok, I seriously want some pho now while I swoon all over again thinking about this delicious read.

This wasn’t the light and fluffy read I was expecting, and while things got steamy, there was a really sweet love story unfolding. I really enjoyed the characters and the story overall.

I adored this book! What a look into the mind of an autistic woman. Helen Hoang's portrayal of Stella and her thought processes is positively brilliant. This closer look at what makes an autistic person tick has been a true eye-opener. For thirty-ish Stella, there is a direct correlation between personal success and independence. It’s essential to her that she’s in charge of her own life’s path. Years of pressure from her wealthy, socialite parents to find a man and the few awkward and distasteful sexual encounters she’s managed to have on her own have led her to make an extreme decision. She’s decided to procure the services of a male escort. This is a logical option by Stella’s standards. If one needs help with an important problem, one hires an expert. Said expert must be not only willing and able to help her improve her sexual prowess, but also to instruct her in the ways she is expected to interact in a relationship. The decision may be tough to swallow upon first glance, but at this point, the author has already developed Stella's character so expertly that it seems like something she not only would do but something she should do. Stella is gorgeous. She doesn't see it, but not in that “I’m damaged on the inside and/or I’m so humble that I don’t see how beautiful I am to anyone with eyes” way that is so often written into romance plotlines. Her regimented mind keeps her focused to the point of obsession on the ways she feels she doesn't fit into the world around her. Her physical appearance doesn’t qualify for that list. I think she has an awareness that she’s appealing enough aesthetically, so that box has been checked where this particular exercise is concerned. She’s brilliant, an econometrician. Numbers, statistics, and equations with their predictable outcomes and consistent presence in her life both soothe and ground her. Unfortunately, outside of work, she finds herself frequently stumbling through a social minefield. Stella feels connected to Michael so instantaneously upon their introduction that she immediately starts to worry that she’ll become obsessed with him and won’t be able to leave him alone when the arrangement ends. For Michael, a beautiful Asian-American man, the pull toward Stella is like a punch to the gut. He finds her physically stunning, but more importantly and even more worrisome is that indefinable something about her that causes him to actually feel something, too deeply and much too soon for his comfort. That said, this wonderfully compelling story is neither neat nor tidy. A gifted clothing designer, Michael has put his career on hold to help his very sick mother run his family’s dry cleaning business. His decision to take a second job as an escort by night has perpetuated an inner struggle to keep a beast called self-loathing at bay. That he took the job to keep up with his mother’s exorbitant medical expenses is no help in that struggle. It makes him feel more trapped than honorable. Still, it’s clear that family is everything to Michael. It’s a strong theme throughout the story and is the foundation on which Michael’s understanding of Stella rests. Working hard to keep his business and personal life separated has always been a non-issue for him-until Stella. He’s faced with a maelstrom of feelings and he’s not remotely prepared for any of them. He adores the inner workings of her unique mind, but those same qualities that endear her to him also terrify him. He sees the havoc they can wreak in his own life and in the lives of those he loves. He tries to keep his carefully constructed walls up, at times against Stella herself and at times to steel himself against the heartbreak that is sure to come when her “lessons” are done. Almost simultaneously, though, he finds himself trying to tear those same walls down in order to be as close to her as he can. Some who read this book may call insta-love. I’ve come to the conclusion, however, that although there may have been a bit of it, as well as a few minor blips in the story’s rhythm, they’re far outweighed by the fun I’ve had following this couple down their own crazy road of self-discovery. Some of Stella’s interactions with others, especially Michael’s family, are actually cringe-worthy! Her heart is so good, she wants those who are important to her to be happy and to like her and she feels so deeply. Her struggles to relay those feelings in her encounters with others made my stomach drop and my heart swell with their various outcomes. There’s just enough humor sprinkled throughout to make it light when it’s needed. I can’t finish this review without giving props to both Michael’s inner monologue and the bedroom scenes-very, very sexy. I was invested in these characters when I finished the story. I really want to know how they’re both doing right now. In this reader’s humble opinion, you can’t ask for a better indicator of a great book.

Um, can I just say this book is swoony and steamy and I love it? The day after reading I immediately met someone as obsessed as I and I can't get over it. The Kiss Quotient i one of those books with endearing characters whose chemistry makes your swoon and whose scenes make you sweat. Let's tick some other reasons I loved it off - Hello Vietnamese love interest and a heroine who is intelligent and has Asperger's. Michael is dreamy and McSteamy. This is the love interest I've been searching for. He's so much more than just a body or a romantic interest. There's a depth to the characters, all of them - even Stella's parents - that I really appreciate. It didn't feel like our two protagonists were the only real people surrounded by cut out people.

4.5 STARS "All the things that make you different make you perfect." This book has been the most hyped/talked about book from my friends this year. I went in with the highest of expectations and was left feeling completely smitten and giddy with excitement; absolutely adored it. On the surface, it appears to be a role reversal of Pretty Woman, however it didn't take long to see the depth and thoughtfulness that went into this storyline. It is refreshingly different from anything on the romance market; a wealthy/autistic heroine, a minority/financially struggling hero, and an outstanding cast of secondary characters. The author does a fabulous job with Stella's autism. "People called it a disorder, but it didn't feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was." In the beginning, it felt this would be instant romance, but I was wrong. It turned into the slowest of burns, and I could not get enough of Stella and Michael. In addition to the romance, there is compelling familial story. I adored Michael's family, especially Quan. (Fingers crossed he will have a book.) The love and loyalty between Micheal, his mom, and sisters melted my heart. In this case, I didn't mind the hero being a mama's boy. There will be additional books featuring secondary characters, but this book can be enjoyed as a complete stand-alone. I cannot wait for whatever Hoang writes next and after one book, she's become an auto-buy author for me. If you're a romance fan, this is one you cannot miss; HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

I didn't think I would like this book at all. I struggled through the first chapter. I wasn't enjoying Stella, her dynamics with her parents and while I enjoyed the premise of the book I couldn't see myself getting into it. Well, I was dead wrong. I am so grateful to myself, lol, for continuing on with the book, because by chapter 3 I was hooked. I fell in love with Michael. I wanted to get to know his sisters (please continue with their stories!), I am curious about Quan, and I just wanted to see Michael and Stella get rid of their baggage and fall in love. It did get a bit steamy, which was fine with me, but other readers might not enjoy reading the graphic sex scenes. Thank you for the perfect beach read and for keeping the old saying "there is someone for everyone" alive!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this book. It was only after that we heard of Helen's journey of discovery while she was writing this book. I am a mother of an amazing son with autism and I found many of the experiences that Stella went through to be very realistic and true point. I also loved the idea that this awkward girl had a chance at true love!! At first glance, people may think this is just a great, smutty novel. It is! Also, it is a tale of love, acceptance, and dreams fulfilled. The author does an amazing job making you fall in love with these characters by making you feel vested in them. Thanks to Penguin for the chance to read and review this advanced copy.

This is easily one of my favorite reads this year! The Kiss Quotient was everything I wanted and more! Helen Hoang did a remarkable job conveying Stella's personality and how having Asperger's shaped her life. Her routines and methods for getting through a single day seemed exhausting, but she was more frazzled when something was done out of order. This made having a relationship difficult and overwhelming. Stella's perspective was incredibly interesting to read from. She doesn't want her autism to define her, or be the only thing someone sees when they look at her. She chooses to hide that aspect of herself away from the world, so very few people actually know the real Stella. Thank Thor for Michael! I was a little concerned about his motivations for escorting in the beginning, but we quickly learn the reasons behind his actions. He may be an Adonis, but he lacks confidence in himself. His self-deprecating thoughts would crush my heart, because it was obvious how genuinely good he was. He would do anything for his family, even if that meant putting his own dreams on hold and keeping secrets. These two were absolutely adorable together! I wish they could have seen what we did, but then the book wouldn't have lasted as long. Stella doesn't think she's good enough because of her Asperger's, and Michael doesn't think he deserves Stella because of his past and the demons that lurk there. Their connection is immediate and consuming, but they both choose to keep their innermost thoughts to themselves instead of sharing them with each other. I had to fan my face during some of their more intimate "Only in his line of work was blindness by nipple assault a true hazard." The Kiss Quotient is about a beautiful and brilliant econometrician, and a dashing designer that can cook while wrestling with one of his sisters. Their relationship was unconventional and quirky, but immensely enjoyable to watch. I was on the verge of violence a few times (because assholes), but most of the time there was a smile plastered to my face. I really cannot say enough good things about this story or how I felt about it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it again! Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on May 29, 2018.

I absolutely loved this book. Stella hires an escort to help her learn to become intimate with a boyfriend. She wants to learn everything from sex to just having a boyfriend. She hires her escort Michael to help her with this. Where this relationship was to be a practice relationship it turns out to be more. What set this book apart from others is that Stella autistic and you were able to see how she deals with relationships. You couldn’t help but cheer for her throughout the book. Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Kissing Quotient by Helen Hoang.

I LOVED everything about this book! The author captured my attention with the first 2 chapters and held my attention throughout the book. I enjoyed seeing the progression of the relationship between Stella and Michael. I think the author did a good job portraying the things that Stella sometimes struggled with and how she and Michael navigated some of the social situations they encountered. I appreciated the way that Michael was able to expose Stella to new experiences and that he did it with sensitivity in most situations. I also really enjoyed when Stella learned about Michael’s real life and the scenes with his family. I liked that Stella and Michael connected to each other on a variety of things, things that most authors don’t do with their couples in most of the romance books I’ve read (e.g., their love of tailored clothes and martial arts movies). I loved that their relationship helped them both find the motivation to get out of their comfort zone and do the things that they didn’t think were possible for them to do. A few minutes ago, I went back to the book to check on a detail that I wasn’t sure about it and I ended up rereading parts of the book and experiencing those same giddy feelings and happiness that I experienced when I read this book the first time. I honestly can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book!

A story about an autistic woman, by an autistic woman, who understands the often exhausting methods such women use to socially blend in. This masking often means they are mislabeled and misunderstood. Stella Lane is autistic, and though she's excellent with numbers, she's not so good at people--which is why she decides she needs a practice 'boyfriend' to help her learn how to form a lasting relationship. As it goes in romance, sparks fly, and events go awry. There's plenty of chemistry, and the characters are well developed. It's clear why they do what they do, mistakes included. I found myself really warming up to Stella, who is not perhaps, the usual heroine, but is still easy to relate to. Everyone has moments where they're not quite sure how to deal with another person, even if not to this degree. She's not broken, just determined to learn more things. An enjoyable read.

I loved the book. It was refreshing to read that someone with Asperger's syndrome is a major character in a book. I enjoyed learning about the Vietnamese culture and Michael's culture. It was a good read.

I wasn't sure about this book at first but I ended up loving it. Helen Hoang won me over with Stella as the heroine of the story and with the relationship between Stella and Michael. I also enjoyed meeting Michael's family and the dynamic they brought to the story. It was so refreshing to see a Vietnamese family depicted in a story. As for Stella - you so rarely get a see a woman with a disability as the heroine of a story and even less so where she ends up accepted, successful, happy and with a happy ending of her own. It was so great to see Stella work through her disability on a daily basis - it gave me such a better understanding of what those with Asperger's must go through. I must admit that i didn't know much about Asperger's before reading this book and I have a brother with Asperger's. This book gave me so much insight as to what my brother must deal with on a daily basis. I just love how Stella & Michael's relationship progressed and was so happy when they got their HEA in the end. I can't recommend this book enough.

I loved this book!! I loved Michael, I loved Stella, I even loved Quan. There wasn't a character in this book that I didn't love or love to hate! I am not usually a huge fan of romance in any shape or form but this was everything that I do like about romance without all of the junk I hate. I loved the fact that Stella had Asperger's because I have read a few books about men with this high functioning form of autism and I was always interested in their stories but this was from the perspective of a female with the disability and I loved seeing into her world. I loved the way that Helen Hoang explained why she wrote the story and the kind of research she put into writing this story and why she ultimately wrote it. It made me love the story even more. It was fun, entertaining and even a little steamy and I enjoyed everything about it! It is everything that you loved about Pretty Woman, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and much much more!

It was really nice to see a portrayal of autism in the media that isn't about how difficult it is or how "other" it makes a person. Stella is a full fledged person and her anxieties over her autism are well written and nuanced. Showing her figure out how to live her life and expand her opportunities really gave the book a nice depth. Also great to see was the peek into Vietnamese culture. Meeting Michael's family and the fact that they weren't portrayed as stereotypes as well as the embracing of the culture to add an added nuance to the story was really gratifying. As for the story itself - well, Michael and Stella were incredibly hot, but even more than that, their respect for each other and the care they take of each other makes the story one of romance and becoming oneself just as much as it's about really good sex. While there were some issues that I had mostly centered around Michael and the fact that a lack of communication is what the plot hinged on, but on the whole, I enjoyed.

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:* 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, 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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