The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Paperback, 1st US edition, 323 pages
Published June 5th, 2018 by Berkley
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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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...

My thoughts…

When I started seeing The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang almost everywhere, I didn’t plan on reading it until much later. You know how it is when you give into book hype, then the feeling of disappointment comes when you finished reading because it was awful. With this book, the disappointment did come. But, only because the story ended, this book was perfect! What a fantastic debut by Helen Hoang.

“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient
Stella is so much better with numbers and statistics than with people. She has Asperger’s, a high-functioning form of Autism that makes her a little awkward when it comes to relationships, sex, and certain social situations. At her mother’s urging (she wants grandchildren), Stella is ready to move onto the next phase of her life and pursue a relationship. Stella is a professional who makes ample money, so why not hire a professional to teach her how to become comfortable with physical intimacy.

Stella hires Michael, a gorgeous escort to help her along. When he meets Stella, Michael is surprised someone like her would need to hire an escort. Michael is a good decent guy who only escorts on Friday nights to help his family financially. Michael is kind to Stella, he's patient and considerate to her situation. What begins as a friendship slowly turns into something more.

“I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

This book was so easy to love along with the characters. Stella is strong and smart, educated and awkward in social situations, how could I not absolutely love her. Stella and Michael learn so much more than what’s in the lesson plan. They learn about each other, and they both like it very much.
The Kiss Quotient has become one of my favorite romance reads this year. I’m looking forward to reading the next book by Helen Hoang.

“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn't broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn't change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn't feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Happy Reading -J


  1. I've been seeing this book everywhere too and everyone seems to love it. Like you I'm wary of overhype disappointment though so I'm putting off reading it for just a while longer

    1. I'm really surprised I didn't wait longer this time around. I hope you enjoy it Stephanie when and if you do read it. Have a wonderful day.