The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang Review


Overall Rating: 🤩🤩🤩.5/5

Spice Level: 🌶🌶🌶/5

A Quick Summary…

Stella is an autistic, successful econometrist with little success in dating. Convinced by a coworker that she needs practice in sex and relationships, she hires escort Michael to teach her. As Stella and Michael get to know each other, they find that their feelings go beyond the lesson plans. This is an adult contemporary romance that is sweet, spicy, and heartfelt 💙.

Our thoughts…

This was super sweet but so SPICY, we were not expecting that level of steam 🔥. If you are in the mood for a fluffy romance (basically a gender reversed pretty woman) that handles some deeper topics, this is worth checking out. First let’s get into what we loved about it. We loved the emphasis on family, specifically getting to see the dynamic of Michaels family and a look into Vietnamese culture. Michael and Stella were also both fully formed characters, both having their own background and insecurities, and we specifically loved seeing an autistic heroine. It was also great to see a female main character who is more successful than her man 💅, that gender swap was refreshing. Michael being the more creative of the two and Stella being more analytical was also something we really enjoyed. This book also reminded us a lot of The Roommate in its themes and view from the male perspective of the sex industry.

Now onto what we personally didn’t love. As much as we loved the autistic representation, we didn’t love that it was made to seem like the reason Stella had bad sexual experiences was because of her Asperger’s, and not because the men simply treated her badly. We also had a huge issue with Philip as a character 😡, and how his interactions with Stella were almost workplace harassment that was never dealt with, as well as his interest in the interns. Overall we felt that he was thrown in to serve as a basic villain, and that character choice was not necessary for the plot to be effective. We really liked Michael but at the same time he did the bare minimum by being kind to Stella, every other man in the book was portrayed as horrible so the bar was not very high to begin with 🤷‍♀️. Continuing with Michael, it was strange at times how he handled Stella’s intimacy issues, seeming like he thought sex would take away some of her autism symptoms.

At the end of the day we both enjoyed this read enough to finish it, but as stated above we didn’t love some aspects of it. We’d be interested to read the other books in this series by Helen Hoang, especially The Heart Principle since we’ve heard great things about it.

Similar Books: The Roommate, The Brown Sisters Series



“She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.”

“I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”

“If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.”

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