Author: Helen Hoang
Read: November 2018
This book was so hyped and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I can’t remember the last adult romance that I enjoyed, loved even.
I read this book in two days! I loved it so much and it made me feel all the lovey feels. I really liked Stella’s character and how relatable she was. Stella Lane is a super smart and super awkward main character and I just loved her. She has Asperger’s and I thought that the representation was really good. (I can’t speak from personal experience, but, from what I hear from other readers, everyone thought it was a good representation as well.) The love interest, Michael Phan, was really fun to read as well. (I love that Stella compares him to a K-Drama actor.) He’s a male escort and also a tailor at his family’s business and he’s just a nice guy.
Obviously, I loved it. I gave it five stars on Goodreads. It was a really fun book to read. I read it after I (finally) finished The Dream Thieves, which I did not like. So, reading The Kiss Quotient was such a nice change. I had been putting it off for a while and I’m so glad that I picked it up.
Okay. Even though I loved this, I want to mention that there was one scene that kind of rubbed me the wrong way. After another man kissed Stella without her consent, Stella had gone to see Michael and she told him about it. He got really angry about this and he wanted to kiss Stella, basically just so that his kiss was what was on her mind and her lips last? Stella didn’t want that and she wanted to wash her mouth out and clean herself up. But Michael told Stella that he “needed” to kiss her and eventually she gave in and then they had sex.
That didn’t sit well with me. I was kind of surprised by Michael’s response to this and his actions. I thought he was really great throughout the entire book up to this point and, while there was nothing else in the book that made me uneasy, I did start to question my love for his character.
I wish that this had been a complete five stars, but that one scene was one that I couldn’t just ignore. So, this gets more of a 4.5? 4.75? I don’t know how much I should bring down the rating for this because, for the rest of the book, Michael respected Stella and her wishes when it came to their “relationship” and what she was comfortable with.
Have you read The Kiss Quotient? Did you have a problem with the scene I mentioned? What did you rate it? Let me know down below!