Monday, February 25, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Release Date: June 5th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Carly Robins
My Rating: 
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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 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
I'm not really one who reads a lot of adult romance books, mostly because I prefer "fade to black" romances, but this book had been recommended a lot so I thought I would give it a try. The concept is almost like a reverse Pretty Woman, so I kind of dug it.

I haven't read a lot of books that have autistic or on the spectrum characters, and I definitely want to change that. It was certainly refreshing to read about a main character who is neurodiverse. I also loved that the main character Stella loves math and it's the only thing that makes sense to her. I don't know if the representation is good being not a person on the spectrum, but it felt really authentic to me and I know that a lot of Stella comes from the author herself. So this one is an #OwnVoices that I think is important to engage with.

This is not a typical book I would listen to rather than read, mostly because it's hard for me to listen to someone else say the word for of a man if you understand what I mean. 😅 I don't usually have a problem reading these type of books, but it's kind of a different experience. Especially when you are sitting in traffic on the way to work! I know a ton of audiobook lovers read a lot of books like this, but I'm not sure if they are quite for me. At least not yet.

I want to stress that this is an ADULT book, because I feel like when this came out a lot of people confused it for YA. It is DEFINITELY not YA! I'd say it's more in line with an adult rom-com, and there are sex scenes in this one that might be too much for people that just aren't into that sort of thing. It didn't really bother me, but these types of adult romances that describe a lot are not always my thing. I like to read them from time to time, but I definitely am a reader that prefers to use my own imagination. No shade to anyone that likes these things, this is just my personal preference.

This is a cute romance, in which I mean I wanted to straight up strangle both Stella and Michael for being so stupid. I just wanted to scream, "YOU BOTH LIKE EACH OTHER, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?" Why can't the characters in books listen to me for once??

This is a cute love story and if you are looking for a happy ending and fun, sexy read, I'd recommend it.

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