the kiss quotient | review

The Kiss Quotient

written by Helen Hoang | narrated by Carly Robins

published by Dreamscape Media, LLC (2018)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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…

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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.

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the marriage clock | review

The Marriage Clock

written by Zara Raheem | narrated by Ariana Delawari

published by HarperAudio (2019)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around.

Finding the right husband was always part of her life-plan, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high? So Leila decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

She makes a deal with her parents: they’ll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, they’ll take over and arrange her marriage for her.

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This was a super quick read, which is exactly what I was looking for because I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time. However, I found the cultural aspects of the book more enjoyable than the romance, and the ending left me disappointed.

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finding audrey | review

Finding Audrey

written by Sophie Kinsella | narrated by Gemma Whelan

published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (2015)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

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I’ve had this book on my shelves for a few years, and I had such high hopes for it; but ultimately, I was let down. I got the book because I heard that the main character has social anxiety, and the representation was good. The mental health representation was okay, but there were other parts of the book that made it impossible to enjoy the book.

If someone were to ask me for a book with anxiety representation, I wouldn’t recommend this one.

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