The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Publication Date: June 5, 2018 by Berkley

Genre: Romance

[I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!]

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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

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…

Book Trailer:

My thoughts:

Stella is an econometrician and Michael is an artist. They meet because Stella needs experience and Michael is a professional.

I live-tweeted my reading progress, so check this out if you’d like to see my feelings in GIFs!

Before I continue, let me tell you (in case you didn’t know) that Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions is my favorite #romanceclass book and probably one of my most favorite books EVER. I love it so much that it’s (technically) 1/3 of my thesis (!!!) and anyone who falls in love with the book can be my instant friend.

The Kiss Quotient and Beginner’s Guide could pass as book twins.

Both have:

  • STEM heroines who seek dating experience
  • family members who believe that said heroines need to go out more because they’re too engrossed in their work
  • an upcoming event where said heroines need someone to attend with
  • drop-dead gorgeous book boyfriends who are actually artists

I mean, reading the first chapters of The Kiss Quotient got me like:


While it’s true that I initially became interested in The Kiss Quotient because of its similarities with Beginner’s Guide, the two books have individual differences that I embraced and appreciated.

It’s my first time to meet an econometrician and I am in awe of what Stella can do. She’s fascinating, especially when she talks about her profession.

Michael is equally fascinating. You’ll understand when you find out more about his craft. HE’S SO DREAMY. ❤

Why I love this book:

It’s reaching for your dream. Michael’s real profession surprised me. I fell in love with him more when I found out what he really wanted to do, and it broke my heart that he wasn’t entirely supported to do it.

It’s fighting for love. Both Stella and Michael had to compromise. They come from different socio-economic backgrounds and they have very different families. Making their relationship work was not an easy task, but love won. (MY FEELINGS!)

It’s born from the author’s self-discovery. I absolutely loved reading the author’s note because it’s where Helen shared her “journey of self-realization” and it made the book extra precious. I want to send endless hugs of gratitude to Helen for writing The Kiss Quotient. ❤

Other things I love:

  • Representation. ‘Nuff said.
  • Michael’s tattoo. And his abs. #sorrynotsorry
  • THAT ICE CREAM SCENE. Truly iconic. I need that scene in a movie. I need this book to be a movie.
  • The appearance of the character I hate the most. I never saw the plot twist coming and I just have to give Helen a slow clap for that.
  • Stella’s theory!
  • Calla Lilies. I’m about to get emotional.

You might like this book if you enjoyed reading:

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes

Stella and Kaya both needed a baseline when it comes to romantic relationships. Michael and Nero (THEY’RE BOTH ARTISTS! BOTH HAVE TATTOOS!) established said baseline. ❤

Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes

Stella hired Michael for his services. Jett had a deal with Adrian. Feels Like Summer is “funny, steamy, sexy, swoony, and fluffy all in one” and I’d say the same thing for The Kiss Quotient. ❤

Chasing Mindy by Carla de Guzman

Both books are stories of becoming your own person. They’re both beautiful and heartwarming. (I’m gonna stop now before my feelings get all over the place.)

The Kiss Quotient is a remarkable debut that will steal hearts with its charm. Amazing in so many ways. Five stars all the way. ❤

Final Rating: 5/5

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, which comes out in June 2018 with Berkley.

She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.

Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.

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13 thoughts on “The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  1. Everything you said about TKQ I was just like, “YAAAAS” except for that part about Michael not being supported? From what I read, I thought he was supported by his (oh-so-precious 💕) family but he doesn’t feel like he should chase after his dreams because of the circumstances his fam was into? But that’s what I got. Anyways! This is a good reason as any for me to reread the book (again) hoho~ 😁💕
    I have a couple of romance class on my Kindle (rec-ed by the awesome Shealea) but I LOOOVE STEM ladies trying to navigate the matters of the heart so I’m def checking out Beginner’s Guide 😊 Awesome review!


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