LIT REVIEW: THE KISS QUOTIENT

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The Kiss Quotient

Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 2018
Summary: Stella Lane loves her job where she comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases, but that passion leaves her with almost zero experience in the dating department and having Asperger’s doesn’t help. She needs a lot of practice and only the help of a professional will do, which leads her to hire escort Michael Phan.

A Literary Rom Com

I have totally been fangirling over The Kiss Quotient because this allowed me to read an amazing romantic comedy. There was a little “hooker with a heart of gold” in Michael mixed in with “driven career woman with no time for dating” in Stella. Together they are the perfect stars for this story of finding true love in all the unexpected places. If you love and have watched as many rom coms as I have, then you will definitely get elements of certain movies while you’re reading Kiss Quotient. Pretty Woman and The Wedding Date are kind of obvious story elements, but I was also reminded of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days when our lovebirds have the huge fight that threatens to tear them apart forever. Of course, I could go on and on about the rom coms starring the career woman who doesn’t need a man, but this is supposed to be a mini review, right?! I don’t read many romance novels, so I don’t know if these rom com tropes are regular character traits or not in romances. Can I also mention I absolutely LOVED that Stella not only worked, but excelled in at a STEM career. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I am tired of seeing the starring women in romances work “in publishing.” I also appreciated reading a book where a woman has Asperger’s because when I usually see a person with Asperger’s being portrayed in media that person is a man. I am certain men and boys are not the only people who live with Asperger’s.

Overall Opinion

I loved The Kiss Quotient so much that it was difficult for me to even put that enjoyment into coherent words. The story is completely adorkable with quite the sex appeal and is the perfect inspiration for my next new favorite romantic comedy.

The Final Grade

Carpe Librum: The Kiss Quotient is the perfect beach read, and it is so engaging that you may be able to finish it in one sitting. I read this book every chance I got, and when I was finished, I still wanted more.

Your Turn

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