The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Mini Book Review

Posted January 10, 2019 by Jana in Adult Fiction, Book Review / 9 Comments

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Mini Book ReviewThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Published by Berkley on June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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1.5 Stars
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...

I had been so SO excited to read this book when I’d heard people compare it to The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I went into it very excited for a similar, swoony, romantic story and it just didn’t work for me at all. I’m leaving my very tiny review here to inform my readers of my overall thoughts, but I wasn’t in the mood to go into more detail than this.

Things started out great and I loved the characters (I still just adore Michael in particular), but things changed for me at about 50% when the story shifted to a very strong focus on sex. I did not enjoy the countless numbers of graphic scenes. I don’t mind sex scenes at all, but these went on and on and were described in way more detail than I was comfortable reading. I started skimming past them to try and find more actual story, but there wasn’t much else that I could find. By about 86% I got to see how everything ended for each of these characters, and I did love that. The ending was sweet and deeper than the bulk of the book. I’m glad I read the end, and wish that there had been more substance throughout the middle.

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9 responses to “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Mini Book Review

    • Jana

      Yes, I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts! It’s hard being in the minority with a book like this, but it happens. lol

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    I’m with you on graphic sex scenes. I have stopped reading books and even had to tell the author who had asked me to review her book, that I just couldn’t get past the language. She understood. Thanks for the review!

    • Jana

      Yeah, most authors understand when people set books aside due to content like this. I’ve been known to DNF books because of graphic sex scenes, excessive profanity, and violence. It’s not for everyone!

  2. While I’m glad to finally see someone else who doesn’t love this one, I am not sure if your reasons will be something to keep me from going back to try it again. I started reading, and about a third of the way through, I got bored. But a friend of mine who borrowed my copy, said that it really picked up for her right after the spot I had stopped at. So I’ll give it another try. But, if it still doesn’t work, I’m glad to know I won’t be the only one who wasn’t blown away by it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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    • Jana

      Our reading experience is quite similar, actually. I got very bored with where the story was going, but things did eventually pick up for me. I can’t read a book that’s pretty much only about sex (it got monotonous and, well, boring. lol), but I did love the characters enough to continue on. By the end I was very happy I’d read it, and I could totally understand the mad love I was seeing from other people. I just wish that the parts I enjoyed made up more of the bulk of the story than they did. Definitely give it another try, if only to see how things end for Stella and Michael. It’s a nicely wrapped-up ending that left me very satisfied.