Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang



Title: The Kiss Quotient {The Kiss Quotient #1}

Author: Helen Hoang

Published: Allen & Unwin June 2018

Status: Read March 2019



My Thoughts:

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I finally picked up The Kiss Quotient from my TBR pile, but it wasn’t the racy, romantic and entertaining novel I discovered.

Thirty year old Stella Lane has everything she needs – a successful and satisfying career as an econometrician, plenty of money, and an orderly daily routine. However her mother wants grandchildren, and Stella wants to oblige, despite a lack of suitors and an aversion to intimacy. Recognising the need to overcome both of these issues, Stella approaches the challenge in her own unique way – she hires an escort to tutor her in the art of lust, and love.

The plot of The Kiss Quotient is, in part, a twist on the classic movie, Pretty Woman (if you aren’t familiar with, watch it asap!),. Though Hoang gives it her own creative flair, the novel offers the same delightful sense of unexpected romance, drama and fun.

Fair warning, there are no fade to black scenes in The Kiss Quotient, there are several explicit sex scenes between Stella and Michael. I was surprised to find such explicit encounters in a mainstream romance novel but I thought they were tastefully written, and sexy, as opposed to tawdry.

I thought Stella was a wonderful character. I’ve read several books lately that feature a neuroatypical character and I felt Stella’s voice was one of the more authentic, something that was less surprising when I learnt the author herself, and her daughter, are on the spectrum.

Michael has an interesting backstory, and though it could be said that he personifies the ‘hooker with a heart of gold’ trope, I thought he was a well rounded character. I had to google Daniel Henney (whom I recognised by sight if not by name), and I certainly can’t fault Stella’s taste in men.

A charming and thoroughly modern romance novel, The Kiss Quotient is an enjoyable and engaging read.



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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Apr 04, 2019 @ 14:43:54

    I like your review so much. Succinct and so precise. I doubt the book will impress me that much though!

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  2. Kelly Booknerd
    Apr 06, 2019 @ 02:53:27

    This is one I’ve wanted to read for some time too Shelleyrae but have been scared off by the hype. It’s wonderful to see neurotypical characters in adult fiction without a love cures all type romance. I’ll be grabbing a copy of this one soon and hope I enjoy it as much as you have. Wonderful review!



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