The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

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"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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451490803
0451490800
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hoa
Description: ix, 317 pages ; 21 cm

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Stella, who has Asperger's, decides to fix her dating problems by learning more about sex and relationships by hiring a male escort to show her the ropes. Erotic and compulsively readable.

According to Stella, the only thing that makes sense is math, but she wants a successful relationship. Her solution is to practice with a professional to make French kissing seem less like pilot fish cleaning a shark. First book in a series.

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 t... Read More »


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ArapahoeTiegan Sep 16, 2020

I don't really read romance, unless it has a paranormal setting. However, I'd heard great things about this one and decided to give it a try. The Kiss Quotient does not disappoint! I was so darn happy that the main female love interest is an autistic woman and so many things about how autism can present were represented wonderfully in her - so many thanks to Helen Hoang for that! The love story was like watching a Rom-Com in my own head, it did have some of that predictability, but it's no less wonderful for that. There's a reason so many Rom-Coms work the same way, they're just kind of a nice way to break from reality and lose yourself in a cute love story. However, there are a few spicy scenes, but I do feel they were important in navigating the relationship and learning more about how the female character lives with her autism when trying to build and maintain relationships. So much was wonderful about this book.

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a_conzg
Sep 10, 2020

Loved reading this! Easy to read and I couldn't put it down once I started it. It's a lower-stakes romance novel, with an interesting protagonist. It was novel to see through Stella's eyes her experiences as someone with Aspergers. Reading about Michael's vietnamese culture and famlily, as well as how much he cared about his mom was heartwarming. I think finding non-caucasian love interests in the romance genre is not common, so having a different perspective here was refreshing to read.

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Buzzymas
Sep 09, 2020

I don't get the love for this book. The main character (Stella) is okay. I understood where she was coming from, because she explained herself pretty clearly. BUT the trope of that only Michael can see that she's actually sexy/interesting/worth girlfriend material is beyond irritating. There wasn't much substance to their sex scenes either. It seemed like someone enjoying sex for the first time and not someone falling in love. The steamy parts were dull, and the Stella also had ZERO female friends.

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AnnSkye
Jul 21, 2020

Reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey. Lots of sexy scenes but virtually no plot.

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kaitoryn
Jul 08, 2020

The characters were interesting, with the exception of a few flat, but minor, ones. I found the beginning of the novel to be the most enjoyable compared to the rest of the plot, and I especially liked the scene where Stella meets Michael's family for the first time, where we get a glimpse of Michael's Vietnamese culture and the impact of Stella's autism in unfamiliar scenarios. The plot consists of many "steamy" (and utterly explicit) scenes like other reviews mention, but ultimately the dialogue and phrasing the author decided to use made me cringe. But I see a lot of other reviewers were into that. I suppose if they're those kind of scenes, then I can't really judge.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

This book was so funny, adorable, and sexy! One of my favorites.

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LibraryLeia
Apr 20, 2020

Helen Hoang writes from her own experience as an Autistic woman, but most importantly, she writes from the heart and created an intelligent main character in Stella. I truly enjoyed the cultural diversity in this story, and the interesting take on Michael's job as an escort, and how that affects his relationship with his family. Sexy and steamy (as in LOTS of descriptive sex scenes) yet a story that is smart, charming, and clever, Kiss Quotient delivered in every way. I could not put it down. It was a quick and enjoyable read.

jcljessicaj Apr 10, 2020

A "not your typical" romance that's a blast to read. Stella is on the autism spectrum and lives her life based on numbers and data. Due to family pressure to settle down, she hires a male escort to teach her how to be intimate. You can only guess where that's going to go. A sweet (and steamy) story of loving others for who they are and finding yourself.

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sheenasoberano
Mar 16, 2020

The book wasn't the easiest read because of some of the language, but I still enjoyed it. However, it is definitely a book meant for older readers. There are suggestive themes that might make people want to stop reading but if you do keep reading, the story is pretty good.

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dhspanda
Mar 14, 2020

Definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. I read The Kiss Quotient as a recommendation after I finished The Hating Game. To be blunt, none of the characters in this book are likeable— not a single one. Stella was infuriating, Michael was a jerk, his family was annoying. The “bad guys,” Philip and Aliza, were nothing more than tired cliches. There was nothing but sexual compatibility between the main characters. Many of the scenes were dragged out and tedious to read. I read the whole novel, hoping it would get better, and it simply didn’t. The Hating Game is much better in my opinion, highly recommend that book instead.

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Mar 04, 2019

He spread her thighs wide and took in the sight of her beautiful *****. Wet, swollen folds flushed deep pink and blossomed wide open for him. p.198

ArapahoeMaryA Oct 19, 2018

All the things that make you different make you perfect.

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