The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Narrated by Carly Robins
So, let me start off with this: I went into this book completely blind. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I never actually read the synopsis until after I finished the book. I quite enjoyed having no clue what was going to happen, or any sense of what the book was based on. The only things I knew about The Kiss Quotient going in were that it is a romance novel, and that the @thebookclubtrio liked it. (Thank you, by the way!) Other than that, I knew zip. If you want to go into this book like I did, read no more! Anyways, The Kiss Quotient is about Stella, a woman with Asperger’s syndrome that believes because of her condition no man will be able to be able to love her, unless she’s good in bed. So, she hires Michael, an escort, to give her lessons in sex and relationships. As their relationship develops things go slightly askew.
What I Did Like:
- This book is 100% bingable. I honestly could not stop listening to the audiobook. I listened on my commute. I listened at work. I listened when I was supposed to be asleep. It was totally worth it. Even if I did only get 4 hours of sleep that night.
- The narrator is fantastic! She somehow gave Stella a voice of her own. It was soft and precise; distinct and charming. It made the story so much more believable.
- I found the science and math talk refreshing. It’s not often you find a romance book that has a real emphasis on those kinds of subjects.
What I Didn’t Like:
- I wish that the plotline had been flushed out a little bit more. It seemed like everything happened at an accelerated rate, and that left it feeling a bit bare. Th plot was just a thing that happened in-between the thoughts of each other.
- I would have liked to see more interaction with Michael’s family. They were so colorful and loud and caring; it was really enjoyable to see them interact with Stella.
- I have a little bit of beef with the ending. It was cute and all, but it was a tad unrealistic. I mean, the epilogue takes places 4 months after the last chapter, but a ton of stuff has changed by then.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is one of my 2018 favorites. The Kiss Quotient is a playful and innocent take on love, sex, and relationships. It was not at all what I expected, but I loved it none the less. I recommend picking this book up no matter what your reading tastes are. I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I did. I really wish I could go into more books blind, like I did with this one. Unfortunately, when you do that you usually get a sucky book. The Kiss Quotient is in a class of its own.
Goodreads Link: The Kiss Quotient