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.