I’m adding two covers for this book. I had a book with the UK cover, but I absolutely don’t get this cover, it doesn’t suit the story at all. Why didn’t they use the US cover which is perfect for the story?
Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Pub Date: June 2018
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.
Faced with mounting bills, Michael decides to use his good looks and charm to make extra cash on the side. He has a very firm no repeat customer policy, but he’s tempted to bend that rule when Stella approaches him with an unconventional proposal.
The more time they spend together, the harder Michael falls for this disarming woman with a beautiful mind, and Stella discovers that love defies logic.
The love story like many others but unique at the same time. The Kiss Quotient stands out thanks to its main characters – Stella, a brilliant econometrician who doesn’t have experience with relationships and Michael with night job to feed his money problems that he’s not proud of.
I found it so easy to relate to Stella’s experience with relationships. Like her, I don’t have much experience, and I feel awkward about it all. But unlike Stella, I’m not keen on changing this. She, on the other hand, decided to work on the issue that was bothering her. Unable to find a partner with whom she’ll feel comfortable, and because of her work colleague comment that she should practice her sex skills, Stella decided to hire an escort for help. This gives us a set-up for the reverse Pretty Women story. What makes it somehow charming, is Stella’s nerdy attitude to the whole ‘sex lessons’ plan. At this point, it’s fair to point out that Stella has autism, which has an impact on her love of rituals, stats and numbers, and makes her sensitive to smells and noises, and what is most important in the story – intimate relationships are tough for her.
The romance between Stella and Michael is just so, so perfect. I couldn’t stop reading this book, I needed more of the awkward and nerdy Stella and confident, sexy Michael. And extremely smart Stella and vulnerable, caring Michael. They both had so many different faces, we got to meet them in various aspects of their lives, and thanks to that I knew them and I cared for them. Their relationship is hot and steamy. Be prepared for great sex scenes!
I finished this book I a day. I couldn’t just put down the book and do other things when there were more pages of Stella and Michael’s story to read. The author created loveable characters and gave them a story of a lovely romance.