I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Helen Hoang
Released: May 7th 2019
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Published by Berkley
“I was hooked, line and sinker.”
~ Under the Covers
If anyone had any doubts that Helen Hoang is here to stay, this book will put all that to rest. I really enjoyed THE KISS QUOTIENT when it debuted last year. The story and characters were a breath of fresh air. So I was extremely excited to read THE BRIDE TEST and let me be completely honest. I had high expectations. I knew that was wrong of me because I can’t imagine the pressure the author must’ve felt writing this book after the massive success of her debut. But there I was.
Khai captured my heart from the very first page. As a teenager going through the loss of his cousin and best friend, struggling with his emotions, I couldn’t help but want to understand him. As this book progressed, I think it did that beautifully. I was on this emotional rollercoaster with him, trying to navigate his feelings and understand his reasons. Getting to know him was especially beautiful and I think the great thing about Ms. Hoang’s writing is that it draws you in along with the characters. I was as captivated by him as Esme was.
But I also found Esme incredibly interesting and complex. I couldn’t see this book with a different heroine. She’s strong and determined in so many ways. It was that strength that kept me rooting for her. From the moment we met her scrubbing toilets in Vietnam all the way through seeing her stand up for herself in America. And the next time I think of something bad, I’ll definitely strive to be like her and remember that in my next life I’ll come back as a catfish.
THE BRIDE TEST is simply magical. It was funny and endearing, thought-provoking in dealing with serious issues but also sweet and romantic in a very different way than the first book. Plain and simple, this book was so addictive I didn’t want to put it down. Yes, I will go as far as saying I loved this one more than the first. Ms. Hoang did this story justice. The right pacing, the perfect chemistry, multi-dimensional characters. I was hooked, line and sinker. I can’t wait for more.
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