THE KISS QUOTIENT - HELEN HOANG

 

Title: The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang

Published: June 2018

Genres: Contemporary romance, disability

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

 

TAY'S REVIEW  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Problem: You’re struggling to get through this relentless heat wave.
Solution: Read this book. It’s REFRESHING AF.

Hoang has self-described ‘The Kiss Quotient’ as her take on ‘Pretty Women’ but a gender-swapped version, and it is the progressiveness of this premise that took this book to a whole new level of meritorious for me. You can say goodbye to the ‘rich and successful older white male boss falling for his younger self-effacing white female receptionist’ trope and say hello to a story of a high-functioning autistic woman in her 30’s working in STEM, who meets a biracial family-orientated man who works as a creative in fashion design (mostly) through a very unique set of circumstances. What about that screams conventional to you? No, it’s not devoid of all cliché moments and self-deprecating protagonists, and the conflict towards the end felt slightly contrived. But oh how easily that yielded to Hoang’s alacrity to throw the typical employment and gender roles out the window 👋🏼. The cherry on top? The thoughtfulness in her approach to writing the more intimate scenes was unmistakable; essentially reading like a guide to consent and respecting boundaries.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The buzz around this one is definitely warranted. There were so many elements which I adored. The representation of a protagonist with autism, endearing characters, some sauciness and the facilitation of a tactful and insightful breakdown of stereotypes. It exceptionally explored the beginning of an unlikely relationship between the two main characters, Stella and Michael and intricately followed the progression of their relationship and the development of their new form of normality. It was free of meaningless drama, strong in premise and 100% swoon worthy. The depth in the writing, and the #ownvoices aspect elevated this book from good to great. Everything was neatly tied together to make an exciting, hearty romance and another solid contribution to the reinvigoration and expansion of this genre which we are seeing in recent times.

  

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending us a review copy of this book.

You can find more information about the book and purchase a copy here.

RRP: $14.99

 

OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE

“If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.”

 

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