The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


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 chose this book for my Book of the Month selection because there was so much hype about it. I did love reading this through Stella’s own voice. She’s autistic and “hearing” how she felt about different situations was really enlightening. And how she was able to deal with them. And since the author has (what used to be known as) Asperger’s syndrome, Stella’s feelings do seem pretty genuine.

What I didn’t like… So much sex. I realize I was reading a book where a woman hired an escort to teach her about sex but still. I was able to skim over most of the “action” and I don’t think I missed much. But be ready to skip a good portion of the book if you don’t want to read the sex scenes.

Even skipping the sexual situations I did like the book. I really loved learning how someone with Autism thinks and does things and I think that Hoang did a wonderful job crafting the storyline and the characters.

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