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 don’t like romance! I always say. It’s great for other people, but it’s just not my cup of tea! And yet here we are and I gobbled this book up like the scrumptious treat it is. (Why do I always equate books with food?) It was super fun, super sweet, and super fast. Perfect for reading it on the deck of a cottage watching the sun set over a lake. (Which is how I read it, by the way, and it was heavenly.)
The main character, Stella, was completely unlike a lot of characters I have read – and not just in the
three romance novels I have read. I thought her autism was really well portrayed (disclaimer: I am not autistic) and the author’s note at the end about how writing this book helped her finally get diagnosed was really sweet.
I also liked Michael. He was really kind and considerate. Honestly, this book 100% makes the case for why consent is sexy. He cares so much about what Stella wants and needs and ugghhhh I want one of my own too. My only quibble was that his whole hang-up about his dad felt really inconsequential and fabricated. It didn’t really add anything to the plot and wasn’t that important in the long run anyways. But apart from that, Helen Hoang hit it out of the park with this guy!
And the two of them together… I recently read a book where I was bored by a romance I felt had no spark, no sizzle, no tension. Fear not, friends! The chemistry between Stella and Michael was off the charts.. If you’re looking for a sexy romance, your search has ended.
Maybe it’s time for me to stop saying that I’m not really that into romance. Books like The Kiss Quotient prove why romance has its place: they’re fun and sexy with well-drawn characters and great representation.