The Kiss Quotient

Finished The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 don’t read that many romance novels, but I really enjoyed this one. (I picked it up after hearing a lot of friends talk about how good it is, and it makes me want to read them more often.)

I really liked Stella, although she’s a little prickly. It’s not on purpose, but she doesn’t really do well in social situations, because she tends to say the wrong thing. And when I say that, I mean that she says the most wrong thing that’s possible in any given situation. She doesn’t make a few tiny errors; she tends to leave people in tears or furious. (Now granted, we really only saw it one time in here, but I’m pretty sure it happened on the regular.)

This is a completely delightful book and I can’t wait for her second novel (out in May). Recommended.

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