The Kiss Quotient

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<strong>The Kiss Quotient</strong> kicks off newcomer Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient series and it features a high functioning autistic heroine and the male escort that falls madly in love with her.

The book starts off with our heroine, Stella Lane, having dinner with her parents and her Mom mentioning the fact that she would like grandchildren soon so that has Stella thinking. When a colleague at work brings up her lack of successful dating, Stella figures she needs to hire someone to teach her how to be good at having sex. Stella has Asperger's and that makes things hard for her because her mind won't turn off and she says the wrong thing and her partner...

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Adorable! I loved how fleshed out ind well developed the characters were, and how each scene really felt like it developed their relationship in new and interesting ways!
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Sometimes I see a cover and I just know that I need to read a book. That’s what happened with THE KISS QUOTIENT. This is the debut novel by Helen Hoang and I knew nothing about it when the cover was released but I knew I had to read it. I was expecting this book to be a cute/sweet contemporary romance and it delivered more than that.

Our heroine, Stella, is a very successful and smart woman that has learned to live her life in a way that works for her to cope with the fact she’s autistic. Her family is pressuring her to finally get a man and get married but she has a lot of issues with intimacy and how it makes her feel. So she decides to hire an escort to get over her fear/repulsion...

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Absolutely wonderful. Fresh and realistic. Compelling, sympathetic characters. Both h/h (Stella and Michael) are characters who struggle with inner demons and eventually face their fears together. Stella’s autism is presented as both a genuine challenge and a part of her that she knows how to use to her advantage.
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I was a bit late to the party on this one since its an adult title, but as soon as the reviews started coming in about how amazing it was and how sweet, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it. And I'm so glad I did!

Stella is not one for romance. She thinks math is the only thing in the universe that makes things right. Her mom is pressuring her to get a boyfriend (or something) and she hates not giving her what she wants. But her Asperger's creates different problems (like French kissing). So she calls on a pro. Enter Michael. But before she knows it, Stella begins to find that Michael's lessons are too good and maybe she should try to convince him to stay around.
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I will start by saying the cover is fantastic. I definitely would have picked it up if browsing in a bookstore. I'm not a huge reader of the romance genre but I'm not sure I've read a book that depicted an autistic woman and I loved it. I think both Stella and Michael were well rounded characters. Despite Stella's difficulties interacting, her desire to meet the right person was spot on. I will say I was honestly surprised by some of the content. The book was heavily publicized and I saw several reviews in magazines or on websites...but it was made to sound more like a light romance- which I don't think it is. It seemed like it was part literary fiction, part chick...

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Loved, loved, loved this book! I love that it featured a protagonist on a the spectrum and that both protagonists were POC but at the same time, it was a reasonably conventional romance novel with all the usual tropes. What a fun and refreshing read.
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I absolutely loved this sparkling debut novel by Helen Hoang! I am not often surprised by a book but ‘The Kiss Quotient’ was a total delight. Sexy, warm-hearted and totally refreshing, this story has become one of my favorite reads this year!

Stella is brilliant but has Asperger’s Syndrome and so is unable to read and interpret common social cues. As a result, she is lonely and seeks an instructor to teach her how to act in social situations. In total control of her professional life, she has no clue how to act with members of the opposite sex or even how to act around friends.

”While she was ahead on all her deadlines, need was still the right word for it. Work fascinated her, channeled...

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Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Sometimes you stumble on a new author that not only writes beautifully but brings to light a condition many live with. Something that you may or may not be familiar with but is so well done it opens your eyes and makes you want to shake the hand of said author and say “thank you”. Thank you for your words. Thank you for opening my eyes. Or maybe thank you for putting into words how I feel on a daily basis with the promise that yes there is someone out there who will understand you and accept you for you. The Kiss Quotient is that book. Author Helen Hoang is that author. You’re about to embark on an original story told from the...

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The story is a bit different than I had originally thought it was going to be. It was such a sweet romance. I was expecting more humor but I really dig that the author revved up on the romance.

Stella is a super sweet character who is just struggling to work on her social skills. She needed someone with patience to deal with her. I liked that Michael was that guy every step of the way.

There is a lot of sex going down in this book. I got startled by it. Stella didn't have no problem hanging tough with Michael. At one point, I wanted the author to get back on track with the emotional connection of the story which she slowly did.

Overall, this is just a fantastic read. I look...

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Everywhere I go, I see raves for this book, and whenever I see too many raves, I worry that the book won't live up to all the hype, but you know what, The Kiss Quotient more than delivered.

Who?
• Stella, a brilliant woman with ASD, who works in econometrics, and thinks if she was better at the physical aspects, she would be able to have a successful relationship.

• Michael, a devastatingly attractive male escort by circumstance, who puts his family needs before his own, but worries that he may become like his father.

What?
Stella hires Michael to "help" her learn to tolerate kissing and other physically intimacies, to make her better at...

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I FINALLY got around to reading this. I went in with high expectations and they were not met. I think I was expecting a more emotional story and this missed the mark for me. I don't think I ever truly connected with either MC.
They did a horrible job of communicating with each other and it seemed like the relationship was built on sex. There may have even been a little bit of "magic penis" happening. It took two encounters with Michael and then all of a sudden Stella is an orgasming machine.
I was very irritated by Michael's issues with his dad. He was acting like his dad had done something that no one ever in the history of the world has done. When in reality...

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I finished reading The Kiss Quotient a couple of hours ago, and I’m still not over it. What an incredible book! From the start, I found myself rooting for Stella and Michael, and it’s not often that I find multiple characters wholly likeable. However, the author personified Stella in a way that many can relate to, even as she struggles with the aspects of her diagnosis. And talk about a strong female lead! It was refreshing to experience a female main character advocate for herself and her needs, and to have Michael’s character know, understand, and accept those needs. The author is an amazing storyteller, and I just wish the ending had dragged out in a little more detail, because I did not...

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Fun and sexy read -- not high literature, but captured my attention and I read it one sitting! The premise made me giggle and the characters were very sweet; I rooted for them all the way. Looking forward to more from the author!
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*4.5 stars. Truly one of the best romances I've read in years. Quirky characters, off the wall chemistry, and extremely hot love scenes. What really sets this romance above others, though, is Hoang's ability to portray the vulnerabilities of her characters. I couldn't stop thinking about this book after I finished it. Truly phenomenal. 

Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Great look at love from the point of view of two very different characters. So well developed. I love the focus on the autistic characteristics.
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The sheer level of hype that surrounded The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang had me intrigued, as a lover of slow burn, witty banter and real relatable characters I had a feeling that this debut would be right up my romance reading alley. Once I started though I had to wonder how often I read stories that were unapologetically feminist and with a heroine with high functioning autism at the same time. In short, the answer was never. One way to my book loving heart is to be firmly entrenched in a strong feminist ideal, something I'm proud to say I see more and more of on a daily basis, however upon reflection the only stories I could recall recently discussing autism were focused on the male...

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***Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!***

When I began this book, I wasn’t impressed. The idea of a woman feeling like she must use an escort service to experience intimacy really rubbed me the wrong way. I know she is in a unique situation, having Asperger’s, but I’ve known plenty of people who share the same situation and have found intimacy and love on their own. I was so irritated by this, that I almost put the book down.

I am SO glad that I didn’t.

This book simply blew me away. The way that the author portrays Stella, with all of her complexities, is beautiful. And as Stella embarks on this journey, it touches home to so many of us who deal with social anxieties...

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I finished The Kiss Quotient a couple days ago and I'm still swooning over it. I absolutely LOVED it--it's a new all-time favorite and my first five star read this year.

If that doesn't tell you how much I enjoyed this book, I don't know what will.

The writing. If I didn't already know The Kiss Quotient was Helen Hoang's debut novel, I wouldn't have guessed. Her writing style was just so readable and binge-able. I'm so happy that we get both Stella and Michael's perspective, and I thought it was perfect that the book was written in third person. I actually prefer reading books in third person, but here it made sense in terms of the main...

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For fans of THE HATING GAME. This book had everything I love. A romance so deliciously sweet I swooned from the very beginning. Two protagonists who each had their own insecurities of feeling like they will never be enough. This was funny, heartwarming and sexy!
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