The Kiss Quotient

For a successful woman with Asperger’s, can love be the most logical answer to an equation that was only supposed to contain (hopefully satisfactory) sex?

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

— Helen Hoang

Synopsis:

Stella, a successful econometrician with Asperger’s, is mostly content with her structured life. When she finally gives in to her mother’s insistence that she try dating again, Stella decides to seek out someone who she believes can help her overcome her aversion to intimacy…a male escort. Michael, a sexy stunner with some financial hardships, aims to check off all her boxes. When Stella realizes that she appreciates his kisses and other feelings he’s making her feel, she wonders if love is the most logical result of this equation.

Review:

This one was a bit of a letdown for me, and I’m going to blame it mostly on the genre. Light steamy romances just aren’t really my thing. It was fine. And like in a relationship, or in sex, you don’t want it to be just fine.

However, I was really impressed that this was an ownvoices story, written by a woman with autism about a woman with autism. And I think, for that reason, she really brings humanity to the diagnosis. Hoang helps us understand Stella and autism in a more personal way – she’s a person with quirks, she isn’t a label. I enjoyed getting into the intricacies of Stella’s mind and how ordered it is, and how she realizes when one of her tendencies will inadvertently offend others. And it’s also touching to see Stella through the eyes of Michael – someone who saw her for her personality, without feeling pity for a disorder.

Those were the positives that enabled me to stick with the book and see where it would end. If the story hadn’t centered on this compassionate look into autism, I might not have finished it. So, while the plot itself was a bit redundant and predictable, the characters brought it to life. I think Hoang really did a wonderful job, and I can see why most people are raving about this one. It’s just not my thing.

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
(The Kiss Quotient #1)
by Helen Hoang
Kindle Edition, 1st US edition, 333 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Berkley

Summary

For a successful woman with Asperger's, can love be the most logical answer to an equation that was only supposed to contain (hopefully satisfactory) sex? While the plot itself was a bit redundant and predictable, the characters brought this story to life. I think Hoang really did a wonderful job overall, and I can see why most people are raving about this one. It's just not my thing.

— Cassie
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