The Kiss Quotient – Helen Huang

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 323
Release Date: June 5, 2018

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…


The Kiss Quotient was my first Helen Hoang novel and it won’t be my last. Honestly, I picked up The Kiss Quotient without reading the synopsis since I remember seeing this book blow up when it first released. 

The Kiss Quotient is an ownvoices story about an autistic woman. Though Stella is autistic, the novel never reads as if that is the only reason it exists. Instead, The Kiss Quotient is a fire hot romance with a main character who happens to be autistic.

The angst is real in this one as the main characters, Stella and Michael, pine for each other but refuse to tell each other despite their very obvious feelings. Hoang toes the lack of communication trop line well as I never felt annoyed by the characters’ actions.

The Kiss Quotient is hot! Stella and Michael’s chemistry is palpable from the first page until the last. Especially at the beginning, their scenes are slow and sensual with immediate chemistry. Hoang will be making readers reach for cold glasses of water in an effort to cool down.

Overall, The Kiss Quotient is a fire hot romance with an interesting premise I didn’t think I would like, but ended up loving. Michael is welcome to come teach me a thing or two.


Have you read The Kiss Quotient? What did you think?

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