The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post 's 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and 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...
Publisher: New York : JOVE, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451490803
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoang
Characteristics: ix, 317 pages ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLKim Feb 15, 2019

In this steamy romance, Stella, a woman on the autism spectrum, enlists the services of male escort Michael to help her become comfortable with sex. Michael respects Stella's boundaries and in turn she doesn't judge him for his profession. What starts as a business transaction quickly becomes som... Read More »

VaughanPLDaniela Jan 03, 2019

The perfect book to heat things up on cold winter nights! I found myself immersed in Hoang's debut novel about Stella, a young professional with Asperger's, who is determined to unlock the secrets of love and romantic relationships. Enter Michael, a sexy Vietnamese and Swedish escort who Stella h... Read More »

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STPL_JessH Sep 19, 2019

I chose Helen Hoang’s Kiss Quotient for the “book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse” category of the 2019 Read Harder Challenge. It’s a bit of cross between Pretty Woman and Pygmalion. I have to admit that it was way more romancy than I was expecting. If that’s your jam, you can read both Kiss Quotient and book two out now called The Bride Test.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

Fifty Shades of Wow…this book was everything I hyped it up in my head to be and more. I love a good romance, and I have read many, but it is rare to come across a book that really makes my heart pitter patter. Not only that, but it has a very diverse set of lovers. The heroine, Stella, has Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning form of autism) and the hero, Michael, is biracial (Vietnamese/Caucasian).

I was never a particularly big fan of the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere film Pretty Woman, but this gender bent retelling was both believable and heartwarming. It’s a slow build romance, and even though the outcome seems inevitable, it is still tremendously gratifying to see it come to fruition.

What I particularly enjoy about the book is how the author develops the character of Stella. The author is herself autistic, and the authenticity of her experiences really shines through Stella’s inner dialogue. Stella is both quirky and lovable, and at times the pain and frustration she feels is so raw, you feel it to your very core. You can’t help but root for her and her budding romance with the sensitive, yet studly male escort with a heart of gold.

As a side note, I grew up near the city where the story takes place, so it was very interesting as a reader to experience familiar places in a new and fun way.

Aug 09, 2019

Liked this book - quick and easy, summer read. Fairly predictable and as others have said, pretty steamy.

Aug 04, 2019

Very readable, but essentially, soft porn.

Jul 28, 2019

Perfect from beginning to end.

RomanceAddict Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "I truly loved this book. Loved. It made me feel like a champagne bubble – all fizzy and light. Each page brought about a bigger smile and my anticipation grew with each word. When I think of all the magical feelings romance gives its readers, I will forever think of this book. I’m not saying 'The Kiss Quotient' is flawless, but my experience with it was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I want to read it again and I will forever be jealous of those reading it for the first time."

Jul 15, 2019

Very cute but very steamy.

Jul 06, 2019

Steamy and fluffy modern romance with an autistic heroine. Hot, sweet, and touching all at once.

Jul 05, 2019

Excellent. Well-written with sparkling dialogue, lovable mains & secondary characters that add to the story, & some loving steamy sex. The plot is simple, predictable, believable & the Asperger's added an interesting dimension. Touching, steamy, full of heart!

Jul 04, 2019

A good and quick summer read- however, I would only recommend this book for mature readers.

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Mar 04, 2019

He spread her thighs wide and took in the sight of her beautiful *****. Wet, swollen folds flushed deep pink and blossomed wide open for him. p.198

ArapahoeMaryA Oct 19, 2018

All the things that make you different make you perfect.


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