written by Helen Hoang | narrated by Carly Robins
published by Dreamscape Media, LLC (2018)
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 to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, 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…
This is single-handedly the best romance I’ve ever read. In the past I have refused to read any romance books for fear of cringe-worthy love stories.
I mean look at these covers…
Why? Just why?..
And yes, I know, I shouldn’t judge books by their covers; but look at them. Do they not make you cringe too?
I’m glad that some of the romance books written in the past few years have taken a different approach to their covers. It’s prompted me to given the romance genre a chance.
OH MY GOD!!! I am in love with this book! I want a Michael; he is bae, a stud-muffin, the GOAT. He is all the things, the ultimate book boyfriend. He is an escort with a heart of gold, and a total cinnamon roll (fresh out of the oven of course, ’cause “damn he hot!“).
Michael treats Stella with so much respect, and doesn’t treat her any different once he realizes that she’s autistic.
“She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her.”
This is an own voices novel with autistic representation, which is one of the reasons why I chose to read this romance specifically. I’m glad that I did, because I found a new favorite author.
Next time though, I think I’ll physically read her books as opposed to listening via audio-book. It can get a little awkward if someone overhears certain parts of the book.
“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
The main take away from The Kiss Quotient was self-acceptance. In the beginning, Stella is trying to fix what she perceived to be wrong with her. In truth, it was her previous “lovers” that were in the wrong.
They only cared for themselves, and didn’t care for her in the way she needed. Michael was patient, caring, and attentive; he let her decide her own pace and what she was comfortable with.
The world needs more men like Michael in the world, and to the ones that are out there,