• The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9,244 ratings)

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The Kiss Quotient

By: Helen Hoang
Narrated by: Carly Robins
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A cosmopolitan title to get excited about in 2018! 

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...

©2018 Helen Hoang (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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It's a lot...

the story was really cute ,but theres a lot of descriptive sex, and not the creative kind. I've read other books with the "hot damn" description but this one basically the first half of the book is constant sex scenes. the second half isn't as bad, but it is a little excessive for my taste. If you like that kind of stuff, it's great, but I almost had to give up. narrator is awesome though.

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I'd buy these two undies.

This book was a fun romance to romp through. I went in expecting it to be similar to The Rosie Project...that it is not! It's got some pretty vividly explicit sex scenes. Those don't bother me but can be a shocker if you aren't expecting them to pop up.
I also felt like this book portrayed both instalove and slow burn at the same time. Not being a fan of instalove at all, I greatly enjoyed the ways that also made this a slow burn romance.
It's definitely a quick one to get through and lots of fun getting there (expect several chuckles along the way!).

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Loved this!

This was a new author for me and a new narrator. Both were so fun with this book. I loved the characters and thought they were well rounded. The narrator made their voices come to life. I will gladly find both again and try more.

I don't speak Vietnamese, so unsure if things are pronounced correctly, but seeing the ebook and listening made me glad to know how to not pronounce things.

The secondary characters were so much fun and I am curious about possibly learning more about Michael's family.

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Enjoyable and Sexy

This book could also be titled "Autistic Woman Has Sex," and sex is about 60% of the book. While sex is a key part of the development of the relationship and the scenes were well written and well performed, I admit there were one or two times I was waiting for the sex to end so we could get back to the plot. This is bc Hoang created two compelling characters here, and Stella herself provides such a freshness of perspective on falling in love. P.S. If you like this one, check out Courtney Milan's Trade Me.

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Quirky sweet socially challenged nerd + tormented, hot Korean hunk= HEA

New author to me, Helen Hoang, offered me some fresh elements- at least unusual in that I can’t remember reading a romance where these characteristics were central to the h or H. Stella, the h is a really endearing character- an econometrics professional who is extremely successful in her field, probably partially due to her hyper focus on her job because her Aspergers makes a social life problematic- and a love life and dating has been confusing and unsatisfying too. Missed signals are just one problem. But now, to complicate matters, as she neared 30 her Mom has expressed her hope for grandchildren and has been pressing for her to date more. Stella’s parents are not a problem- they seem supportive in their way and she loves them and sees them often. So, she just would like to make them happy- if only she could figure out how. A chance conversation in her office inspires her and she bravely comes up with a Plan. On the face of it, a goofy plan...but intellectually... probably pretty sound! She will hire a tutor who will teach her and help her figure out what has been going wrong in her relationships with men in the past. Then she can fix it, and because he will be objective and a professional there won’t be emotions involved. Enter Michael. Yummmm...Michael. Google Daniel Denny (if you don’t already know who this hunky part, I think, Korean actor- “Criminal Minds” among many others). His reasons for becoming an “ escort” are very complex but she still got lucky when she selected him to teach her. Their story...learning about them, their families, their backstories, quirks- all of it- is very satisfying. Interesting characters, interesting issues, interesting resolutions. In typical plot device fashion, I didn’t agree with every choice...but how that initial simple agreement went through a metamorphosis as the journey progressed and actually taught both of them lessons - about themselves and their lives and about Choices- was satisfying. I also liked that the author presented the characters main issues unapologetically- never wimping out. I kept going to the end and you probably will to. Try it!

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Wonderful! You’ll love it!

Such a sweet story, interesting characters and a nice departure from the usual plot lines.
This author is new to me, and now I want to see if she’s written anything else.
I highly recommend!

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Loved it

Superb, feel good romance that one can connect to, appreciate and dream about.

Highly recommend this novel, especially to fans of the hating game whore looking for similarly moving novels.

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Just couldn't get into it

I'm surprised by so many positive reviews. I listened to about 4 hours and gave up. I didn't find Stella endearing or Michael's instant attraction believable. I'm not bothered by descriptive scenes, I just didn't care about the characters. I love books with flawed characters, but this missed the mark for me.

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This is NOT "The Rosie Project"

Someone said that this was reminiscent of "The Rosie Project." That series was charming, insightful and believable. This book was none of those things. This was more 50 Shades of Stupid meets autism meets a 1960s Disney fairy tale which is not a winning combo.

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Very refreshing, swoony & romantic! A+

This has been a delight of an audiobook!! The story is such a great romance, but it is the characters, how they engage with each other and how the author was able to show so much of their inner thoughts that made them seem real making this story unique and wonderfully refreshing! The narration is OUTSTANDING!! Carly Robins has always been a favorite of mine but she really delivered a solid performance filled with humor, heart, compassion and great tempo. Deserving of all the accolades!! A solid romance well worth the hype.

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  • Lorraine Young
  • 06-07-19

**Blush**

I don't normally read romance novels but because this was about an autistic woman I wanted to give it a try. There are some parts that made me blush but I powered through them and absolutely loved the story. I got major book hangover when I finished this and had nothing to fill that void!

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  • Alex
  • 12-10-21

Loved it!

Such an unusual and quirky book about Stella who has autism. She knows that she finds it hard to relate to people so she embarks on sex lessons with an escort, Michael.

It is funny, charming and so cute, that I am tempted to read it all over again! I loved all the side characters and the author did a great job on a tricky subject. Michael is delicious.

I thought the narrator was excellent too.

A 5* all round!!

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  • AQ
  • 05-22-21

easy listening, interesting topic

was suprised how much i enjoyed the story telling. Good introduction to audio and the narrator was easy to listen too.

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  • SJ
  • 03-05-19

Not what I expected. Listened to the end but annoyingly obvious.

I thought this book would talk a lot more about the intricacies of living with Aspergers and be a bit cleverer about the story line. The story was sexually explicit but that was a bit boring rather than making it more exciting. I listened to the end as I did want to find out what happened but it’s a bit predictable.

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  • Silversea
  • 09-04-22

Cute, Spicy but lackluster

I enjoyed a large portion of it but I did not like the finale and had to push to finish it. Overall the characters were a bit 1D and trait orientated.

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  • Laura
  • 08-18-22

enjoyable

an enjoyable read but not excellent imo! if u like graphic love scenes with a happy ending, this book is right up your street

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  • Joan W.
  • 08-15-22

Fab Read

Loved this book. It’s cute, got a good story a little bit of 🌶🌶 and a HEA! It is a good read if you want to smile all the way through.

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  • Liv Sarah Ansnes
  • 08-07-22

As a woman with adhd and autism....

As a woman with adhd and autism, I absolutely loved reading this book. It's so authentic, and really captures so many of the obstacles I hava struggled with all my life - wrapped in this wonderful and cute story! Can't recommend enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-22

Loved it. Devoured it in one sitting.

Read it in one sitting, only stopping for drinks. Lovely story. Really liked it.

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  • awesomejadie
  • 05-30-22

Very much enjoyed

As an autistic person, the main character was very relatable and the story was great. It's the first book I've been able to complete in years :)

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-19-19

Very contrived

No idea why this book has such high ratings. I thought it was a load of garbage. The premise seems quite unbelievable and the relationship between the main characters is quite unreal.
Don’t bother

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

Terribly disappointed

I am perplexed this rated so highly by so many people. The story is farfetched, and the ending way too clean and convenient. The use of Autism as a plot device was poorly utilised, and clearly very overused. I finished the book in the hope I would learn the reason behind the hype, but alas, I was sorely disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-19

Narration was amazing.

Until the characters started having sex I was spellbound. Then I needed to skip nearly whole chapters of boring sex to get back to a decent story. Sorry, it was just too much, detail by detail, sex. If its going to be a sweet love story with the bite of quirkiness that made it interesting, then leave it sweetish please. Sex is ok in small doses where it is integral to the story. Those other novels that have lots of steamy sex throughout several chapters have sexual tension and perhaps conflict between the characters to get you there with the characters. Otherwise you feel like you are just watching...eeww.

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  • Antonia McAtamney
  • 08-13-18

Bored

The book was a cliche- obvious and predictable.
The characters lacked any depth. Possibly if you are a teenager you may enjoy the sex scenes but they were really boring and I wanted to get on to the story which never seemed to happen. I returned the book 1/4 if he way through.

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  • J
  • 08-28-21

Great

I enjoy this book a lot, slow burn romance book, would highly recommend this book.

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  • Sarah- Dog Ear and Die
  • 08-24-22

I was hesitant but I'm glad I read it

I was very hesitant to read this, just wasn't keen on part of the premise. but I ended up really enjoying it.
as a neurodivergent woman I loved the MCs representation of her "differences".
and love Carly Robins! great narrator!

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  • Tiffany
  • 06-05-22

Hilarious, predictable plots, cute, and enjoyable

This book made me cry from laughing and some touching moments. It's a guilty pleasure for me. Quite accurate portrait of a typical Vietnamese family with their food and culture, but I don't think they got the autistic characteristics right. But I enjoy the book overall

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-22

cute af

super cute. not to spicey. following both characters gives incinte into the how they problem solve.

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  • Phoebe
  • 09-17-20

Pretty poor.

A really simplistic and clichéd narrative. I'm not sure how adequate the represenation of a person on the Autism spectrum is. It comes across as if the author did the minimum amount of research required for it and includes this woman as a mere plot gimick. Some of the dialogue between two romantic leads is quite cute.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-20

Charming and human, an absolute delight

The writing gave me a real feel for the characters and how they saw the world. Their complex and 3 dimensional portrayal made the story stand out vividly, and I was never bored.
It was lovely watching them both overcome their insecurities and fall in love.