Wednesday, 11 July 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - Book Review

I have been waiting for another 2018 book to really hit it out of the park, and I've finally found one! The Kiss Quotient, is the debut novel by Helen Hoang, and I cannot recommend this romantic story highly enough!

Here's the premise. Stella is autistic. She has Asperger's Syndrome and sucks at intimacy. Relationships with her family and her co-workers are not easy to navigate and romantic relationships? Well, those are even worse! One thing that does work for Stella is logic. So, logically, Stella hires an expert/escort to teach her how to be good at sex. When Michael arrives for his evening with Stella, he is completely thrown for a loop by his new client. Can he help her? Will he be able to let her go in the end? Will she be able to let him go?

I'm fairly certain I had a smile plastered on my face the entire time I was reading this book. It made me so happy. The first night where Michael and Stella meet is completely adorable, and I loved how understanding Michael was with her.

As Stella and Michael continue to meet, the contrast between erotic and sweet in their relationship is refreshing, emotional, and so very heartwarming. Never before has consent been so sexy. The Kiss Quotient is unputdownable, and I did not want this book to end.

Helen Hoang said that a gender-swapped Pretty Woman was part of her inspiration for this book, and it totally shows (in the very best way!) If you are a fan of that classic movie, I promise you will fall in love with Stella and Michael as well.

Between The Kiss Quotient and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, I can say without a doubt that the two best romance novels I've read so far this year have featured diverse characters and were written by diverse authors. (Helen Hoang herself has autism, and Michael is biracial). I sincerely cannot wait to see what these two authors write in the future, and which new authors will come after them as these women prove again and and again that different voices matter to us all.


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of The Kiss Quotient courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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