Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Hi guys, welcome! Today I am going to review The Kiss quotient by Helen Hoang.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Published on: May 30th 2018

Publisher: Berkley

Genres: Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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 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…

My Thoughts

I had really high expectations from this book. There are a couple of reasons for this high expectation, the first one is this book was the 2018 Goodreads Choice winner in the Romance category and the second one being this book featured in Hailey from Hailey in Bookland’s most surprising reads of 2019. So definitely super high expectations…. but unfortunately this book didn’t quite meet those expectations. I would say it came damn close but didn’t at the end meet them.

The first thing I loved about this book was Stella’s character. She is such a sweet, cute and different character. I really loved her little quirky habits. And I also loved the fact that she was so passionate about her job. I would love to be friends with Stella.

There were plenty of small small things throughout the book that set this romance apart from other romances that I have read. In most books it is shown that the guy’s family will definitely fall in love with the heroine in the first meeting itself. But this didn’t happen in this book, which was really great. Another small instance near the end of the novel which I really liked was where the economics played a little role in their love story and it was just so cute. Also another thing that I liked in this book is the fact that Michael is actually younger than Stella, a guy being younger than girl is very rare in romances, so I am really happy that Helen Hoang did this.

I loved Michael and Stella’s chemistry. It was sweet, though I really would have loved more sweet, cute and lovey dovey moments. In the first 70% of the book there was way too much sex. Like sex is fine but there was chapters and chapters of sex, in between there were very few moments where the story peeked through. I would have liked a little more story and a little less sex. I know sex is an integral part of the story and their were some sweet moments in middle of sex too but overall I felt there was a slight dearth of sweet moments and I would have liked more heart warming and cutesy moments than steamy.

The last 30% of this book was actually the best part of the book. I wish this part was stretched out a bit more. There were a lot of heart warming and cute moments here.

I liked Michael’s character. He was sweet and caring and I also liked his relationship with his family and his cousins. But Michael was portrayed as the generic hero we see in every book. He has a awesome body, even his hand is a ‘work of art’ and he has a bad relationship with his dad. Now how often have we seen that…. we all know the answer…. way too often. But the reason he had a bad relationship with his father is quite different from other romances, so we can give Helen Hoang points here.

Another thing I really liked in this book was how passion for work was given importance in the book. This is something that I don’t often see in romance books, so I was really happy for this.

So overall I would say it was a good romance novel, well written and with good plot and characters, but it was not remarkable. A remarkable romance for me is generally the one which will be tear-jerking but The Kiss Quotient was not that. So this is the reason this book didn’t live upto my expectations as I was expecting a great romance novel. But that been said, I thought The Kiss Quotient was a really enjoyable read and I will definitely recommend this book to all the romance readers.

Have you read The Kiss Quotient? Did you like it?

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