The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Rating: 5 out of 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 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..." - Goodreads
From the very start, Hoang's writing sucked me into this story. I felt at home with Stella's thoughts and understood Michael's financial struggle. Their time spent together was so comforting that I didn't bother trying to predict what was going to happen next. The Kiss Quotient is similar to the Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert in the sense that the writing feels natural and the characters have realistic thoughts. There's still some drama involved but I couldn't help but love almost every character regardless.
While the author noted Stella's autism, she was great about not over-exaggerating it as the author is also on the spectrum. I love that Stella was able to embrace her autism and still be sexy. Oftentimes, media portray autistic people as odd balls and depict them from the perspective of an audience that is neurotypical. That is upsetting to me as these types of audiences seem surprised that being disabled does not mean that the person does not experience sexual attraction and expression.
The amount of racy scenes were just right! As I read, I kept thinking, "why didn't I read this sooner?!" I love everything about the book and will likely reread it in the future. After I closed the cover, I was relieved that I could get more of Hoang's storytelling in the second book, The Bride Test.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in romance books, whether new or seasoned! It's super sexy and will cuddle you when you're done.