ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Posted June 5, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang

4 Stars


Released: June 5 2018
Series: The Kiss Quotient #1
Published by Berkley
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“THE KISS QUOTIENT is definitely a feel good romance you need to put on your summer TBR.”
~ Under the Covers

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 to touching and being touched in the hopes she can move on and have a relationship.  What wasn’t part of the plan was developing feelings for said escort.

First of all, this book is completely adorable, but it’s not just a sweet contemporary as I was expecting because of the cover.  It’s actually sexier than I was expecting but in a way that didn’t make the whole escort thing feel cheap and cheesy like I find a lot of books that revolve around that topic.  Michael is a big part of that.  I really liked his character, I liked how their relationship was about more than the physical and it was about showing Stella how to be in a relationship and interact with others.  Michael was the perfect person to do that for her even when he didn’t know what the reasons behind her issues were.

Both Michael and Stella are characters you’ll fall in love with and care for from the very beginning until the end.  They have their own issues to work through aside from their relationship.  I enjoyed how well rounded the story was and also how diverse as this is a glimpse into the Vietnamese culture and community.

THE KISS QUOTIENT is definitely a feel good romance you need to put on your summer TBR.  I cannot wait to read more from this author.



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About Helen Hoang

Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT, which comes out in June 2018 with Berkley.

She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.

Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.


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These characters sound perfectly matched.

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Another awesome review Francesca!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!


I literally got the hardback in the mail today. I belong to the Book of the Month club (no seriously) and it was the book I picked. Can’t wait to start reading it.



I’m looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review Francesca