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    You’re Going to Love it! It’s Economics <3

    Perfect. This book was honest to goodness PERFECT. It was genuine, sincere, and had so much heart. I really cannot believe that this is Helen Hoang's debut novel. I was sucked into this book right from the start and couldn't get enough. I absolutely loved Stella and Michael, both individually and together. Their journey was so unique and refreshing. It made me re-examine myself and my own views through a different lens. Though their relationship starts off unconventionally, their chemistry is immediate and only grows as their feelings begin to blur from professional to more. I was so invested in these characters as well as their families. My heart ached for Stella and Michael when they struggled and it rejoiced in their quiet moments and their connection. I loved that they understood each other and truly saw the other for who they really were. Beyond the masks. Beyond the walls. Beyond the labels. The Kiss Quotient was the perfect blend of swoon and sexy, but it also had just the right amount of heartache. There are obstacles to overcome for both of them, but it made the destination so much more gratifying and fulfilling. The self discovery of both Stella and Michael was a beautiful thing to watch unfold. I also especially loved Michael's family and Stella's introduction to the Vietnamese culture. Some of those scenes had me laughing out loud, while others warmed my heart in their familiarity. Hoang's writing is so incredibly heartfelt. You can just feel how much she poured her soul into this novel and into Stella on every page. The Author's Note at the end only confirmed this feeling and gave me deeper insight into the book. I honestly cannot recommend The Kiss Quotient enough and I will be eagerly awaiting Hoang's next book! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
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    Would be better as a movie

    I wanted to love this book more than I actually did. The idea was adorable, but the writing was not there. It was very simplistic, and very basic. The writing did not convey emotion, but rather outright told the reader what the emotion was. The concept, however, was very well thought out and I think it would make an excellent movie! I would not read this book again, but would recommend as a very simple/light read.
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    Different than Expected

    This book was not at all what I expected. I don’t know if it was he cute blue cover with the pink spine and yellow lettering, but I didn’t expect this to get as sexual as it did, as soon as it did. And I’m not necessarily complaining. Just know, this isn’t YA, and be careful if you were expecting something else. This book is a romance novel, and as all romance novels, it has a lot of romance novel clichés. I honestly guessed most of the plot after the first three chapters. That said, don’t blame the book for this because in spite of it all. If anything, I really enjoyed reading it. I have a love-hate relationship with romance novels. I actually don’t read very many of them because I find most of them to be cliche and the relationships within them to be extremely superficial. Maybe I’m old fashioned but I think that being in love with someone means knowing more than just the physical and superficial details. It’s more than knowing how they think, it’s understanding why they think it. I also think that a lot of romance novels skip this part for more of the physical. The characters in this book, Michael and Stella, had that certain connection. They understood each other and accepted each other. They went out of their way to see the world from the other’s point of view and really try to make each other happy. They were people that were accepting and loving to one another. Another thing this book did wonderfully, was represent an Autistic main character. I feel like we never see this is in books, especially not in romance. Romance is usually between to perfect people who usually have a single flaw that they have to work out with their partner throughout the story. Michael and Stella had a lot of flaws. On Stella’s part, most of her “flaws” weren’t even flaws at all, just ways she behaved that no one understood or took the time to understand. I think the book portrayed Stella in a way that was strong and yet vulnerable all at once. She wasn’t a character to be pitied for her autism. She wasn’t a person to be laughed at or be annoyed with either. Her character arc was defined by things other than disorder. Then there was Michael, who turned out to be nothing like what I had expected. In fact, he was so much better. I liked the emphasis the book made on the subject of consent. I also liked the commentary on the role of money and status in a relationship. Another thing is that this was an own voices novel as much like Stella, the author is also on the autism spectrum. Basically, it has a lot of great things. So, why not a higher rating? Well, it just didn’t have that spark I wanted. I didn’t fall in love with the book the way I would have wanted to. But, if you’re into romance novels and this is the kind of book you might be interested in, I highly recommend it. It was a pretty quick read, I went through it in one sitting and it was pretty entertaining.
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    Loved it

    A very cute and a very quick read. Perfect for the beach
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    The Kiss Quotient

    Loved this book! At first I was put off by the hero's escort work but after reading Nalini Singh's recommendation I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. Such great characters, so easy to relate to and very realistic emotions and actions. Love to see follow ups with Michael's sisters, cousins, etc. Loved Grandma!!! Can't wait to see what else this terrific author comes out with.
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