The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Audiobook Review

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Audiobook ReviewThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Also by this author: The Bride Test
Narrator: Carly Robins
Length: 9 Hours 30 Minutes
Published by Penguin on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Multicultural & Interracial
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780451490810

"This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author

"Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed

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 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 will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

Why Did I Listen To The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang basically has all of my twitter trusteds singing PRAISES. That means I had to listen to it sooner rather than later. Granted, I would have been happy also reading the print version. ALSO the cover reminded me a little bit of The Hating Game which I loved. Reader friends, I am so glad that I actually listened to The Kiss Quotient. It was exactly as good as everyone has been saying.

What’s The Story Here?

So, Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient is a contemporary romance about two main characters – Stella and Michael. Stella is an econometrician with Asperger’s. Michael is an escort. Stella hires Michael to teach her how to do the sex and be good at it, ha ha. Anyways, Stella gets a little more than she bargained for and catches feelings for Michael. He realizes that Stella is one hundred percent not like his other clients. The two have a LOT in common. Regardless, Michael also begins to catch feelings for her as well. There’s some drama built in too, otherwise this book would be so boring. ALSO Michael is Vietnamese – so there’s even more diversity. And I WAS HERE FOR IT.

How Did I Like The Kiss Quotient?

I didn’t like The Kiss Quotient, I LOVED THE KISS QUOTIENT. Ok, ok, I am second hand embarrassed for myself right now too. But friends, this book is so adorable. The characterization is flawless. I loved both Stella and Michael and feel like they are now dear to me. Michael’s family is special and wonderful, minus his dad. The pacing moved along perfectly. I never thought – wow this is dragging. I think that if you want to try contemporary romance (which yes you should because it is SUPERB) give Helen Hoang a shot.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook is narrated by Carly Robins who is GREAT. I always get a little tiny bit nervous listening to a hype book on audio. Why? Because what if it is terribly narrated? Then I miss out on liking a book that everyone else likes simply because I don’t care for the narration. Thankfully this book rocked via audio. I was able to follow along perfectly. I thought the narration matched what I expected of the characters. Also? This made driving and folding laundry go by so much faster. I would totally recommend this to you if you’re in the market for a new good listen (ALSO IT IS ON HOOPLA!).

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I used to read romance all the time. Like all the time. Then the pendulum swung too far the other way and now I very rarely pick one up. But this sounds fantastic and your review’s got me thinking I should give it a try.

  2. I’ve been hearing great things about this book. Glad you loved it!! I’ll have to pick it up soon!


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