“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.”
Stella Lane has Asperger’s Syndrome and while she’s brilliant at her job as an econometrist, she’s struggling to handle social situations. Thus, she also doesn’t have a lot of dating experience which Stella thinks has to change in order for her to find the right man to spend the rest of her life with. And so she decides to hire Michael, a male escort who is going to teach her how to be a good girlfriend. It’s supposed to be a business relationship without any feelings involved, but just because you exclude feelings, doesn’t mean you cannot develop them anyway.
This book was absolutely perfect and it’s definitely one of the best 2018 releases I’ve read so far. One of the most important parts of a romance book of course is the romance itself and I loved the relationship in “The Kiss Quotient”. I feel like for once this was actually a bit of a mixture of slow burn romance and insta-love. Slow burn because it took them a long time to realize they actually have feelings for each other but also a bit of insta-love because as a reader, you can tell they fall in love quite early in the book. It was a perfect mixture. The plot also had some very interesting elements and consequently, this was a pretty quick read and I think it’s a book one could also easily read in a single sitting.
As for the characters, both the main characters and the side characters were amazing and I’d protect all of them with my life. Especially Stella is someone I grew fond of quite quickly and I think it’s so important to have more representation of disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in literature and I found it very interesting to learn more about it. Furthermore, both the autism rep and the Asian rep were own voices and Helen Hoang is also a lovely person, so GO READ THE BOOK!
Based on my review I’m sure you can already tell that this was definitely a five-star read for me. “The Kiss Quotient” is a beautifully written romance novel with important representation and I’m so obsessed with it, I can already tell I’ll probably reread it soon.
PS: This book is also being made into a movie soon and I’m so excited to see Stella and Michael on the big screen. It’s going to be amazing!
Have you already read “The Kiss Quotient” and did you enjoy it? 🙂