The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the best romance book I’ve read in months. Yes, it’s a little predictable and full of clichés but it’s satisfying sweet, incredibly spicy (expect a LOT of sex from the very start) genuinely hilarious and also written in a highly sensitive manner.
“It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.”
I’ve never read a book written from the perspective of a woman with autism before. It was really interesting to see the world through Stella’s eyes. She’s a beautiful, intelligent high-functioning adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder trying to navigate her way through dating, sex and emotional intimacy.
Her life consists of thoughtful routines, she often displays ‘unusual’ mannerisms and she’s overly candid which some people find off-putting. She is also highly sensitive to certain smells, texture and noises which makes sex frustrating, awkward and super overwhelming. She’s also incredibly sweet, caring and doesn’t judge those around her. She clearly has a big heart from the start and I simply adored her for that.
Despite her disastrous dating history, Stella wants to explore her sexuality and unravel what it truly means to be in a relationship and excel at sex so, naturally, her very analytical mind can only see one option – hire a male escort to teach her how to be good at sex.
I have to admit, at first I was skeptical but you just can’t help falling for Stella and Michael. Reading this book gave me all the fuzzy feelings and I can’t wait to read more books from Hoang. This isn’t your average rom-com and I loved its originality.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is available HERE.0