The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

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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 : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451490803
Characteristics: ix, 317 pages ; 21 cm


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A 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger's tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department.

“A wonderfully sweet and erotic romance featuring an autistic heroine who hires a hot male escort to teach her how to enjoy sex, but learns so much more.”

Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

“A wonderfully sweet and erotic romance featuring an autistic heroine who hires a hot male escort to teach her how to enjoy sex, but learns so much more.”

Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

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ArapahoeAngelina Nov 24, 2020

Romance. Loved the main character with autism.

Oct 30, 2020

“The Kiss Quotient'' by Helen Hoang was an exceptional story which follows Stella, an autistic woman who struggles with relationships until she meets someone who is able to be patient with her, despite the fact that he isn’t aware of her diagnosis. Romance novels are not typically my go to read, considering most focus on cliche romances, and the stories are usually very similar and repetitive. This book, however, left me on the edge of my seat. Every chapter brought with it a new twist that had me hooked, and made it very difficult to put down. It was so addicting that I finished it in one read! This book normalizes autism, and helps you realise that people diagnosed with autism aren’t very different than those without. At the end of the book, the author includes a series of questions that really gets you thinking about how people view not only autistic people, but people who are different from them in general. In this book she manages to focus on the aspect of an autistic person entering a relationship-overcoming her fears, social anxiety, and her intense feelings-and also manages to show that people, no matter their race or how wealthy one may be, can come together and love one another. This novel was easily a 5 star read and I would recommend it to people over the age of 15, considering it does include some mature content. In this ever changing society, we need stories like these to help normalize people who are viewed as ‘different’ if we are to make positive changes for future generations. @academia_fanatic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 19, 2020

I very much enjoy stories featuring a character who has autism, especially Aspergers. Helen Hoang does a remarkable job of getting inside the minds of both the woman and the man in her work of fiction. The only caution I would give readers is that if they are turned off by erotic descriptions of arousal and physical intimacy, they might want to give this story a "pass" because many such descriptions. Other than that, the writing, plot, character development and captivity and progression of the story rate 5 Stars.

ArapahoeTiegan Sep 16, 2020

I don't really read romance, unless it has a paranormal setting. However, I'd heard great things about this one and decided to give it a try. The Kiss Quotient does not disappoint! I was so darn happy that the main female love interest is an autistic woman and so many things about how autism can present were represented wonderfully in her - so many thanks to Helen Hoang for that! The love story was like watching a Rom-Com in my own head, it did have some of that predictability, but it's no less wonderful for that. There's a reason so many Rom-Coms work the same way, they're just kind of a nice way to break from reality and lose yourself in a cute love story. However, there are a few spicy scenes, but I do feel they were important in navigating the relationship and learning more about how the female character lives with her autism when trying to build and maintain relationships. So much was wonderful about this book.

Sep 10, 2020

Loved reading this! Easy to read and I couldn't put it down once I started it. It's a lower-stakes romance novel, with an interesting protagonist. It was novel to see through Stella's eyes her experiences as someone with Aspergers. Reading about Michael's vietnamese culture and famlily, as well as how much he cared about his mom was heartwarming. I think finding non-caucasian love interests in the romance genre is not common, so having a different perspective here was refreshing to read.

Sep 09, 2020

I don't get the love for this book. The main character (Stella) is okay. I understood where she was coming from, because she explained herself pretty clearly. BUT the trope of that only Michael can see that she's actually sexy/interesting/worth girlfriend material is beyond irritating. It was basically a boring story about someone enjoying sex for the first time, but the author tells you they're falling in love. The steamy parts were dull, and the Stella also had ZERO female friends. I don't mind smutty books for the most part, but this story was not enjoyable to read.

Jul 21, 2020

Reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey. Lots of sexy scenes but virtually no plot.

Jul 08, 2020

The characters were interesting, with the exception of a few flat, but minor, ones. I found the beginning of the novel to be the most enjoyable compared to the rest of the plot, and I especially liked the scene where Stella meets Michael's family for the first time, where we get a glimpse of Michael's Vietnamese culture and the impact of Stella's autism in unfamiliar scenarios. The plot consists of many "steamy" (and utterly explicit) scenes like other reviews mention, but ultimately the dialogue and phrasing the author decided to use made me cringe. But I see a lot of other reviewers were into that. I suppose if they're those kind of scenes, then I can't really judge.

Apr 27, 2020

This book was so funny, adorable, and sexy! One of my favorites.

Apr 20, 2020

Helen Hoang writes from her own experience as an Autistic woman, but most importantly, she writes from the heart and created an intelligent main character in Stella. I truly enjoyed the cultural diversity in this story, and the interesting take on Michael's job as an escort, and how that affects his relationship with his family. Sexy and steamy (as in LOTS of descriptive sex scenes) yet a story that is smart, charming, and clever, Kiss Quotient delivered in every way. I could not put it down. It was a quick and enjoyable read.

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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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