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 as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn’t help that she has Asperger’s and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice – with a professional – which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.
The Vietnamese-Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and he 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 also to 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 convinces Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
Rating: Narration – B+ : Content – B
Helen Hoang’s début contemporary romance, The Kiss Quotient, has been on my radar ever since it came out last summer, but it’s showing up on so many “Best Books of 2018” lists that I decided I really should get around to listening to it! It’s a very accomplished piece of work – sexy, funny and moving, it’s an enjoyable story that pulled me in from the start and kept me engaged thanks, in part, to the strong characterisations and excellent narration by Carly Robins.
Stella Lane is a genius. She’s a brilliant econometrist who is completely dedicated to her job and comes from a very well-off family; at thirty, she’s settled and secure, although she wishes her mother would stop trying to set her up on blind dates and stop dropping anvil-sized hints about grandchildren. Stella has generally found dating to be a demoralising and disappointing experience; her autism means she doesn’t function well in social situations and her dislike of being touched only makes the prospect of intimacy that much more daunting.
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