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…
My Mini Thoughts
Helen Hoang is the Queen of Steam. I read The Bride Test first, and even though you don’t have to read The Kiss Quotient first, I wish I would have waited. Some of the characters are the same.
This was a fun read, and I applaud Hoang for bringing autism and aspergers front and center in both of her books I have read. This is refreshing to see since most tend to tiptoe around the subjects. Hoang also creates very likable characters. I liked Stella and her way of thinking. She’s so innocent. The fact that she hires Michael to help her improve her sexual game made me laugh. Of course you know one of them is going to get attached.
Michael is perfect for Stella. He understands her quirks and humor more than she thought he would. However, like all great romance books, the characters don’t come without their struggles. It’s how they believe in one another that they come out on top together.
All in all this is a fun/cute/fluffy read. This also goes along with reading romance in February and takes a book off my backlist.
Book Rating: 3.5/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with Rosé All Day 2017.