The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Slightly Overhyped but Still So Good

Thank you to netgalley and Corvus for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

content warnings: sex, situations that could be uncomfortable for someone with autism, sex work

Stella understands maths more than anything else, and she believes that maths can be used in every situation. She has more money than she knows what to do with from using algorithms in her work. But she feels lonely. So she enlists an escort to help her figure out how to become good at sex.

This is an own voices book for autism which I am so happy about as we don’t get enough mentally diverse characters in books, let alone in romance novels. And then we also have a love interest who is Vietnamese and the author is also Vietnamese so it was just great all around to read in those respects.

Michael is a sex worker, and I feel like there aren’t that many male sex workers in fiction and it was kind of refreshing to read about one as opposed to a female sex worker, especially when Stella was a super high earner. I loved the pair of them honestly, but I just especially loved Stella. She’s a mathematician who earns so much in her field. And we all know by now how much I love women in STEM in books but I especially love when women are shown to be at the top of their field, which Stella was.

There is one thing that put me off with this book a lot whilst reading was that the MC referred to her vagina as her sex and for some reason that’s one specific euphemism for it that really makes me cringe. I really don’t know why it’s that one but it is. Most others I’m fine with, I do wish Romancelandia writers would just stop with the euphemisms altogether though, but that’s a discussion for a different time.

This book is super hyped on twitter within the circles I follow and I know a lot of people on booktube have been talking about it. And I did enjoy it, it was definitely one of the better romance books I’ve read, but I just felt like there was something missing to push it to that “omg I absolutely loved this” level.

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6 thoughts on “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Slightly Overhyped but Still So Good

  1. I love this review ldkjfldks!!! I’m so hyped about this book, the own voices for autism + Vietnamese + a male sex worker which I never see in books?? JUST SO MANY GOOD THINGS. But oh god, it drives me insane when there’s something about the book that’s *great*,, even tho it’s still enjoyable, but I wanted it to be amazing and it really could have been?? It so scared, I want to love this so muchhh

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I still really enjoyed it but it wasn’t quite there! I definitely think part of it was my own issue with the use of “sex” instead of anything else. But that’s just me. And at times I felt like a couple scenes were cringey. But again. My personal tastes. I really hope you like it

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