Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
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…
The Kiss Quotient is an easy read with some fun characters, and a fairly unique story. It’s had a LOT of coverage and praise so it’s obviously very well received, and though I did enjoy this read, I wasn’t blown away.
I really liked Stella as a character, particularly the fact that, as she has autism, she portrays someone who isn’t often featured in books: a female with autism. Now I think about it, I’ve read a lot of books featuring boys or men with autism (and hugely enjoyed them, don’t get me wrong) but not so many of the other gender. In that aspect I found this book really refreshing, and Stella was such an interesting character to read about.
I also really warmed to Michael Phan, though he felt a little more of a cliche to me. Perhaps he was just a little too perfect to feel realistic? Despite this, I can see why so many people feel he is such a great love interest – and he filled this role really well.
I think the plot itself just fell a little flat for me. I loved the different concept – that Stella, having not had any good sexual experiences, turns to a male escort to try and ‘coach’ her. However the rest just fell a bit flat for me and some parts felt a bit cheesy – I don’t know how else to explain it really.
This is definitely a fun read, with some great characters, but it wasn’t quite as good as I expected.