Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 7, 2019
Format: ARC, 320 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
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.
In Review: My Thoughts
OH EM GEE. The Bride Test. It’s been like two weeks since I finished reading this book and I still can’t even with how much I loved it. I’m not sure I can put my love for it into coherent sentences. Basically all I want to do is shriek and squeal and tell everyone to read it. I still have all the heart eyes, shouty caps and feels for this one two weeks later. It was absolutely delightful from beginning to end.
Esme and Khai were EVERYTHING. Seriously, these two made me melt all over the place. Even just thinking about them right now, I get this huge grin on my face. Esme was amazing. She was so sweet and determined to give her loved ones a better life. Selfless is one word that comes to mind. But, she wasn’t a doormat. She had her own dreams and goals and it warmed my heart to see her go after them. Khai was a complicated and unique character, but I absolutely loved him. I basically just wanted to give him a giant hug through most of the book. He really came into his own during this book.
I could go on and on about all the little things I loved about The Bride Test, but I won’t. I don’t want to spoil anything for you. These characters and this story are best just discovered. I’d say you should savor them, but heavens knows I didn’t. I didn’t want to put it down. There are just SO MANY fantastic scenes that delivered SO MANY feels. At least one of those scenes features Stella and Michael from The Kiss Quotient and it made my heart so happy. But, so did all of this book if I’m being honest. It’s sweet, romantic and sexy, with unforgettable characters. Basically everything I want in a romance and exactly WHY I read romance.
The Kiss Quotient was one of my favorite books of 2018, which left The Bride Test as one of my most-anticipated reads for this year. With that anticipation came a healthy dose of nerves because what if it didn’t live up to my expectations? They were sky high, after all. No need to worry on that front. It more than met my expectations, it exceeded them. And for the second year in a row, Helen Hoang is destined to be on my “best of” list at the end of the year. Oh, and she’s hit auto-buy author status, too. I can’t wait to reread this book!
Nothing gets to you. It’s like your heart is made of stone.
Happiness, like grief, was not in his personal emotional card deck. But minor emotions like irritation and frustration were. He was feeling those in healthy measure right this moment.
He was a puzzle she never would have been able to solve if he hadn’t shown her how.
“They don’t talk about the ‘clitoris’ in health class at school.” It didn’t even sound real. For all he knew, it was an urban myth, like the Chupacabra or Roswell aliens.
His heart wasn’t made of stone, after all. It just wasn’t like everyone else’s.
Lips to lips, hearts melting together, no distance between them, not even an arm’s length.
Do you plan to read The Bride Test?