The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang
I’m going to be real honest with you for a second here, romance novels typically just aren’t my thing. I have just never been able to get into them personally. However, a few come around and I don’t mind them or I enjoy them at least a little. Never have I ever loved a romance novel as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. It was addicting and I didn’t ever want to put it down. It was super steamy, which I can’t say is something I have ever really particularly enjoyed in a novel before, but damn there was just something about this one!
I promised myself no more Contemporary Romance, since I have been proven, time and time again, that they’re simply not for me. For someone who can’t stand romcoms, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yet once in a while I hear some buzz words surrounding a new release, such as math geek, own voices for autism and Asian rep, and *wiggles eyebrow* the mighty fake relationship trope (which is one of the few that doesn’t make my skin crawl).
I have to admit that I didn’t read the blurb before I began reading The Kiss Quotient. I rarely do read blurbs, preferring to go in blind and feel everything without assumption or indication about what’s to come. I didn’t know what to expect with this storyline but it certainly wasn’t THIS. This was sexy. This was steamy. This broke my heart. This was inspiring and beautiful and romantic. This was refreshing and different and a little awkward and unbelievably sweet and so unlike anything I’ve ever read. This was thoughtful and devastating and fantastic and I never wanted it to end.
The Kiss Quotient is an eye-opening, thought-provoking storyline about a fierce attraction growing between two unlikely people who don’t believe they’re worthy of love. I so appreciate a storyline that pushes boundaries, that breaks stereotypes, that changes the way I see the world. The Kiss Quotient did all of these things within just a few chapters while simultaneously delivering a breathtaking romance rife with heartache and sensuality. This is a story I never saw coming, one that made my heart twinge and my stomach knot with angst. It’s a story that made my heart soar with joy and hope and possibility and romanticism. Helen Hoang, with her superb writing and stellar storytelling, took my breath away with The Kiss Quotient and my only regret is that I waited so long to read it.
There’s something so fun about this novel, and I think it’s because Stella and Michael are two completely different people who come together and find this unique connection that they don’t have with anyone else. Stella is the type of person who doesn’t trust easily and is somewhat awkward in social situations, meanwhile, Michael is suave, sexy, and sure of himself. What I loved about their relationship dynamic was the fact that they both learned more about themselves, with the help of one another. Their relationship was also full of consent which was just a breath of fresh air. The times when Michael warns Stella that he’s going to kiss or touch her was such a small detail in the novel that I enjoyed to read.
If you’re looking for a great, diverse read that showcases the complexities of sexuality, family relationships, trust, confidence, and love, then you must read The Kiss Quotient. This is a book that I can’t recommend enough. And I am in love with the cover for the UK edition.
Atlantic Books, you rock! Thank you for sending me this beautiful book!
You can buy The kiss quotient HERE