Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Rating: 5 million stars
Where I got it: Public library
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…
This book has had a lot of hype, so I’ll admit that I was a little worried when I started reading this book. But let me tell you – this book EXCEEDS the hype. So much so that I may have found my new favorite book of the year.
Stella Lane is a math genius. She’s an Econometrician, and she has made a lot of money doing that. She is also special – she has Asperger’s and struggles in social situations. Her mother is pressuring her to find a man and settle down, so Stella decides to hire a male escort to help make her “good at sex”.
Stella is paired with Michael Phan, a man of Vietnamese and Swedish decent.
Michael is said to look like Daniel Henney (above), but hotter. Michael and Stella have an instant connection. Stella makes Michael an offer for one month of “love lessons” for a very large sum of money – which Michael desperately needs, because his mother has cancer and he’s taking care of her medical expenses.
I cannot describe how amazing Michael is. He is one of the best male characters I have ever read. He became an escort to make money to take care of his family. He had to give up his dream of being a fashion designer when his mother got sick, and he has 5 sisters. Michael’s father is a bad guy – a con artist, and Michael is convinced he’s going to end up like him.
Stella gets Michael from the beginning. She doesn’t want him for his body. She appreciates that he is kind and thoughtful. His family was quite funny. I especially loved his mother and grandmother. His sisters were funny as well.
The best thing about this story, however, is the way the author handled Stella’s autism. It felt very authentic. I really loved Stella – she was a very real character.
My only complaint is I wish this book was told in the first person. Especially Michael’s story. But the third person telling didn’t take away.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s so good. Please read it.