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…
This book was not what I expected at all!!! The writing in this book was amazing, and for those of you that listen to audiobooks, the narrator of this audiobook was perfect! Within the first few minutes of listening to this book, I found myself loving Stella and the character she portrayed. Helen Hoang has a way of writing and describing her characters that has you loving them in minutes and also wanting to learn more about them. I also loved Michael; from his mysterious background, escort service views, and his boy next door characteristics, it was all wrapped up into one likable man. I really enjoyed the story of Stella and Michael and what it means to find love when it feels like the odds are against you. I am not sure what I expected from this story, but it was not what I read (listened to)! Helen Hoang had me laughing throughout at the interesting situations Stella found herself in and how she got through each of them. This book also had a more serious tone and gave me a glimpse into the world of autism and the struggles one faces, but also the successes one experiences. I absolutely loved this book and will be picking up more by Helen Hoang.
About the Author
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT.
She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.