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…
I was nervous to reread The Kiss Quotient because I really enjoyed it the first time. The beginning is a bit of a slow start, and I was concerned it wouldn’t live up to my memory. Thankfully, it turns out that I had nothing to worry about.
She wasn't a robot or a disabled autistic girl. She was herself. She was enough. She could be anything. She could make herself into anything. She could prove everyone wrong.
I read this in two hours in one sitting. Impossible to put down, Michael and Stella are the most compelling characters. They are flawed and so stubborn that you want to shake them until they see the truth right in front of them. With years of insecurities and failures leaving them almost emotionally stunted, it’s incredible they managed to have any relationship at all.
And, yes, Hoang can write smut. She’s a bit heavy on dirty talk and possession, but she knows what she’s doing.
I decided to reread The Kiss Quotient because I’ve postponed reading The Heart Principle for so long that it was a nice excuse to revisit these characters. The warmth of Michael’s home and his family is so inviting it’s impossible not to fall in love with them and this story. It’s still 3.5 stars for me, but I’m rounding up this time.
My [ORGINAL] Review:
January 18, 2021
enjoyable/easy to read:
I should’ve gone to bed hours ago but I couldn’t until I finished this book.
Everything you’d want in a trashy paperback romance with a nice ASD twist. I loved that Stella’s autism wasn’t the focus but it was there. She couldn’t turn it on and off to suit the storyline and at no point did Michael treat her or think of her differently because of it.
Overall this was an adorable read. Well, as adorable as one can be with this level of smut. The Pretty Woman plot is by no means original, but it felt unique thanks to the author’s awareness, first-hand knowledge, and research into ASD. I was hooked and am slightly delirious, definitely time to get some sleep!