Book Review | The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

the kiss quotient
Title: The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #2)
Author: Helen Hoang
Publish Date: June 5, 2018 by Berkley
# of Pages: 336
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

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…


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 5
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 4
Characters – 5
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is about a girl named Stella Lane–she’s a mathematics genius, socially awkward, and has Asperger’s. Her mom is constantly pushing her to find love, so Stella takes matters into her own hands.

This book–just wow! I loved it. I don’t think I’ve smiled so much while reading a book in a long time. It was cute, real, and had me itching for the sequel as soon as I finished the last page (due out in 2019!) There was a lot of hype around this book before I picked it up, and I’m happy to say it lived up to its hype!

The book was well-written and fast-paced. The book follows the perspectives of Stella Lane and her escort, Michael Phan, as they meet, get to know each other, and enter into a professional relationship. There was never a dull moment or lag in the book. The plot was a cold drink on a hot day–I was thirsty for each and every word!

I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Stella and Michael. Nothing felt forced or contrived. Stella was innocently naive, and Michael was an absolute charmer. I don’t read a lot of romance novels, but if all the beaus are as awesome as Michael, I need to make some concessions in my TBR.

I enjoyed how the book ended. Yes, it was somewhat predictable, but it was sweet, and I needed some sweet in my life. The book had a good sense of closure while still leaving itself open to future books.

The characters in The Kiss Quotient were wonderful. Stella’s Asperger’s is so realistic. I have a co-worker with Asperger’s, and he’s a lot like Stella–wonderfully brilliant but somewhat clueless about social cues. Stella was such a likable character. You can’t help but root for her success in this book! Michael was also an amazing character. I have an awesome husband at home, but if I didn’t, I’d sign myself up for a Michael.

If you enjoy romance novels or the occasional chick lit book, you need to check out The Kiss Quotient! You won’t be disappointed–I know I wasn’t!



  • “‘If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.'”

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