Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 5, 2018
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
You know that feeling when you’re so into a book that everything around you disappears? That feeling you get when the characters are so charming that you cheesy grin your way through the entire book? When you finish with a swoony sigh and kinda want to hug the book to your chest? That was The Kiss Quotient for me. It was one of my most highly-anticipated books of 2018 and it was even more amazing than I hoped. Perfection. Loved.
If I’m totally honest, I’m having the hardest time coming up with words to do The Kiss Quotient justice. It was an amazing debut. I’m a big fan of the authenticity that comes with own voices novels and the story Helen told here was one I need basically everyone to pick up. I appreciated the diversity of the characters and the focus on family life and traditions. The romance was spot on and I wouldn’t do a thing to change it. There were swoons and feels and smoking hot sexy times I didn’t really expect. It was basically the perfect book.
I absolutely adored the characters. Stella was amazing — STEM ladies, stand up! She was strong, smart, endearing and sweet. I enjoyed spending time in her head and learning more about her Autism and how she felt as a result of it. (This is one of the reasons own voices novels are so important.) And Michael? OMG. He’s on my all-time ultimate book boyfriend list for sure. He was the sweetest guy and I loved his family. He was so tender and caring with Stella in their unconventional arrangement. Their chemistry was off the charts and they gave me all the feels. What a great romance!
I’ll be eagerly anticipating Helen’s next release. I can’t wait to see what she gives us as a follow up. If it’s even half as amazing as this one was, she has a fan for life right here. In the meantime, I have every intention of rereading this book again soon. Just talking about it makes me want to read it again right this minute.
“You smell really, really good. What is it?”
“It’s just me, Stella.”
“You smell this good?”
“Apparently. You’re the first to comment on it.”
“I want this smell all over me.”
“Girls like you don’t need escorts. Girls like you have boyfriends. You need to get this idea out of your head.”
“That’s completely untrue. Girls like me intimidate boyfriends away. Girls like me have never been asked out by a single boy. Girls like me have to find their own way, make their own luck.”
There was no fantasy playing in his head, and he wasn’t telling himself a new lie every fifteen seconds. This moment, this woman, and his undeniable attraction to her were all real.
“I’m obsessed with you, Michael. I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
She wasn’t a robot or a disabled autistic girl. She was herself. She was enough. She could be anything. She could make herself into anything. She could prove everyone wrong.
Have you read The Kiss Quotient?
If not, do you plan to? (You should.)