‘The Kiss Quotient’ by Helen Hoang is mind blowingly good. Like, oral good.
Synopsis: Successful, brilliant, autistic Stella has promised her mother, she will find someone to share her life with. However, after previous unsuccessful experiences, Stella is convinced she is terrible at sex. How can she ever expect to entice a man to stay with her? After deciding on professional help, Stella seeks out a male escort named Michael. Now that her tutoring is underway, Michael is finding it hard to keep his professional life away from his private life and its all down to how amazing his client is. Can he walk away at the end without his heart broken? Can Stella?
I really want to be Stella’s friend. I have never been tested for autism but I have always felt out of place in busy places or around loud conflicting sounds and I hate it when people touch me when I least expect it. Those are just a few things that I could understand in relation to Stella and I connected to her more than previous book characters. I found her adorable and insanely hilarious. I found her social awkwardness great entertainment but I also got how it affected people differently. I loved her lesson plans and laughed for a solid minute. I would love to meet her. Also, she has great style.
With regards to the other star of this book, Michael, I can totally see why Stella fell for him. He is patient, he’s kind, he’s loyal and takes his promises seriously. He’s honourable and I love, love, love that he decided to fight for her in the end. That boy was making a huge mistake but I’m glad he saw the error of his ways. He is the perfect match for Stella and I loved ALL the scenes where they were together. They didn’t have a lot of banter but their conversations always managed to elicit a giggle or two out of me. The only thing that let down from both of the characters is their lack of honesty towards how they felt for each other. So much heartache could’ve been avoided, but then again, what would be the fun in that? *insert evil laugh here*
Is there a lot of sex in this? Yes, and I think it was all definitely needed. I mean, one of the MC’s is a male escort, I would be very disappointed if there was LESS sex in it. The sex allowed you to notice the changes and comfortability that Michael brought out in Stella throughout their time, it allowed the reader to grasp and understand how perfect they are for each other. Do I advise against reading this in public. HELL YES. I read the first 30% at night before bed which was fine (there was next to no sex up to that point) and I finished the rest whilst in the same room as my parents and daughter. Not the best decision I have ever made and it wasn’t the most comfortable of reading sessions but when the book is good, what can ya do?
I loved this book. My cheeks hurt from all the smiling I did and I talked to this book as if it were a real person. I giggled, I laughed and I almost cried at one point. It was an uplifting book and it has definitely given me a new appreciation for people I have met in my life who are similar to Stella. The Kiss Quotient is up on my shelf, right next to The Hating Game, I have already planned to reread this in February, the month of love.
“I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
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