The Kiss Quotient…
About the Book:
A heart-warming 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 mathematics 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 far 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. Gorgeous and conflicted, Michael 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 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 . . .
‘I like you better than calculus…’
After reading The Bride Test recently, and absolutely loving it, a friend offered to lend me her copy of The Kiss Quotient. I jumped at the offer…and read it immediately. It was exactly what I felt like reading mid-week after a few busy days at work. The Kiss Quotient is a romance of sorts, a rom-com, and it contains a heavy amount of steamy sex scenes, probably even more so than The Bride Test, but it definitely has a lot more to it than just sex and laughs.
When it comes to economics and mathematics, Stella Lane is brilliant. Social skills, less so, but she is not unaware of this, and in a bid to improve her chances of success with dating and relationships, she hires an escort. A very attractive escort that reminds her of her favourite Korean TV star. The job she has for him? Teach her how to date, kiss, have sex, and be in a relationship. Despite his rules about seeing a client more than once, Michael has pressing financial concerns, so he agrees. And then the fun begins.
‘She needed to think at all times, to weigh her actions and her words. When she let go, she always made mistakes. She did the wrong thing, hurt people, mortified herself.’
I loved both Stella and Michael, who were particularly well suited to each other. Miscommunication abounds as their involvement with each other becomes more entangled, but true love is in the air, and their relationship gradually becomes more than a physical experiment. This is unconventional romance, and it might not sit well with everyone, particularly the high sex content, but I really enjoyed it. Through these two novels, The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, Helen Hoang is making great inroads at deconstructing labels and chipping away at preconceived notions about Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is redefining the base line for romance, and I am very much in favour of it.
‘All was silence but for their hearts trying to synchronize their crashing.’
About the Author:
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
The Kiss Quotient
Published by Allen & Unwin
B Format Edition Released June 2019