Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Published June 5, 2018 by Berkley Books
Contains 317 pages (paperback) classified as adult romance
My Rating: 5 out 5 stars


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 crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. 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.


Holy smokes! This book was really fun and steamy and so freaking adorable! I picked it up because of the buzz surrounding it in the book community and because it won the Goodreads award for best romance last year (check out my reading challenge). I listened to the audiobook during the 24in48 readathon. It was such a pleasant experience and I can attest that it does, in fact, live up to the hype.

This book is kind of Pretty Woman-esque. Stella is a successful woman who doesn’t have a lot of experience with relationships and dating. Michael is an escort with financial issues. Stella hires him to teach her how to successful navigate relationships and sex. And boy do they cover everything.

Helen Hoang did a fantastic job writing the characters, plot and of course, the smut scenes. The smut scenes are graphic, but not distasteful or vulgar. Aaand the teasing was great. I loved that she doesn’t shame sex work or gloss over consent. Michael asking for permission and stopping when Stella was uncomfortable was probably the sexiest part of this romance. Consent is sexy y’all.

Overall, this book delivered. I liked Michael’s family and their dynamic. I loved the way they quickly embraced Stella and made her feel welcome even though, unbeknownst to them, the relationship was fake. This is such a sweet novel and I walked away with a desire to find a $15 million trust fund man. Hahaha. I’m joking. I can’t wait to pick up Helen Hoang’s next novel.

If you’re in the mood for…a fun romance novel with great characters and smut, you’ll enjoy this.


Have you read The Kiss Quotient? If so, what are your thoughts? What are your favorite romance novels? Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. A book that does live up to the hype and smutty scenes that are not vulgar… sign me right up! I’ve been hesitant to pick this up because of all the hype that the book community have surrounded it in and a lot of books never live up to the hype which tends to put me off reading hyped books. I definitely think I’m gonna have to make an exception for this. It sounds amazing. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! This was such a surprising read. I didn’t expect to live it as much as I did. I read a similar hyped romance book and didn’t quite love it as much as other people did, but this one was so much fun.


  2. Love your review and so happy you liked this! It was one of my favorite romance reads of 2018. 🙂

    I especially love that you use Beats to listen to audiobooks. That’s a genius idea and makes me want to invest in some. I think I saw your Instagram story when you were wearing them and now I want some. Lol


  3. yay I’m so happy you loved this one! I’ve been trying to branch out into adult books recently and this was my first pick, and I totally agree with everything you said about it, especially the handling of consent. I think that made the sexy parts easier for me to read (I am usually very uncomfortable with sexy scenes) and it was just so nice to see consent being taken so seriously in the way she did it.

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