The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Updated: Oct 24, 2018
A quick review of one of the best summer reads of 2018! I promise it's quick, to the point (duh, read it), and no spoilers!
Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. —Malorie Blackman
Hayley's review: 5 stars. Honestly, I could not put this book down, and finished it within a day. The love I had for Stella was unsurpassed; she was trying to figure out life the only way she knew how: numbers and logic. Her innocence is something we can all sympathize with, and it also gives you a look into a life where social skills don't come easy. Until reading this, I had been avoiding romance novels for no other reason than they weren't keeping my interest. This one brought back what I had missed: sex. (I mean, come on! Who doesn't love a fiery, consensual (!!), sex scene?) This was done so well, and not at all 50 Shades-like if you were not a fan. It was enticing, teasing, and wonderful. It had me hooked right through to the very end, where I was left wanting more and wondering how Stella was doing. Does anyone else become friends with book characters? No? Just me?
What it's about! I'll give you the run-down briefly, because I assume I'm not the only one who likes to create my own adventure while I'm reading. (#nospoilers here!)
Stella Lane is a 30-year old woman with Asperger's syndrome, looking for love with all she knows: numbers and logic.
Stella Lane is an intelligent, 30-year old who just also happens to have Asperger's syndrome. She crunches numbers and uses algorithms for a business to help them figure out what customers are looking for. (Read: she has loads of money in the bank). She wants to learn how to navigate her love life, so she hires a professional male escort. Enter Michael Phan. She wants him to teach her how to be in a relationship, kiss, and frankly, 'be good at' sex. Stella has a list of things she wants to check off, and as they work through it, she finds she wants more from him than just his how-to lessons. (How could she resist? He is of mixed race, Vietnamese and Swedish, and is described as a hotter version of Daniel Henney. Um, hello. Say. No. More.) The sex scenes are fire, and little teases along the way leave you wanting to read it all until the very last drop. I'll let you take it from here, because what unfolds is some of the most heartwarming, wonderful things to hit the shelves. Get yourself a copy of this book and find out why Stella is one of my favorites of all time. - Hayley