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Book Thoughts: The Kiss Quotient (Helen Hoang)

Hoang, Helen - The Kiss Quotient

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit/Romance   Pages: 333
First published: 2018
Edition: Kindle e-book

It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.

I wonder whether I should give up reading popular chick lit/romance novels, because I never seem to like them as much as everybody else does.

The Kiss Quotient is one of those books that everybody has been raving about and I do like a good chick lit, especially in summer. The plot for this sounded quite fun and I was looking forward to reading it.

Though this is by no means a bad book; most of the writing and the characters were fine and there was good rep, but there were a few reasons why this did not really work for me.

My main reason for this book not working for me was the sex scenes. I am not shy of a good sex scene, but the ones in this book really did not work for me. It was not that they were explicit. I don’t mind that, but I simply did not find them sexy; I found them cringey, and that is a big deal in a book like this.

The character interactions (beside the sexy bits) sometimes felt very forced to me as well and sometimes the thought processes of both main characters did not make that much sense. I am not sure the duel perspective narrative worked that well. It made everything simply too obvious for my liking. I felt more could have been done to make this a better story. Maybe concentrating on the sex side slightly less or in a slightly different way would also have helped.

Other people clearly love this book, so if you like the sound of the synopsis do give it a go. It may work for you. Sadly, it did not push my romance buttons well enough. Although I did not exactly dislike this book, I also would not go out my way to read another novel by this author.

4 out of 7 stars

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