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 to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, 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…
“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
This book was like a breath of fresh air for the romance community. It was so uniquely beautiful. Taking this journey with Stella, a heroine with Asperger’s Syndrome as she takes risks to pursue love was so enlightening, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. Our hero Michael, a male escort that Stella hires to teach her how to maneuver the dating world has his own set of insecurities that hold him back from embracing love.
Stella is an econometrician and she loves her work to the point of obsession. She is highly intelligent and would prefer to focus on work than any romantic relationship. She has had sexual relationships with men but they never felt special to her and she really has no interest in sex or even french kissing. She thinks that she is probably the problem because she’s just no good at it. That’s where Michael comes in and immediately after their first date Stella feels comfortable him and knows he is the one that she wants to teach her how to “be in a relationship”. Michaels is sweet, patient and kind. At first he has no idea that Stella has autism but he just seems to get her and understands what she needs.
What starts out as a business relationship escalates to real feelings for both of them. Stella has an obsessive personality at baseline and she doesn’t know how to only like something a little. She can’t help but love Michael’s body, his smell and his selfless personality when she discovers the sacrifices he has made for his family.
“Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite.”
These are not the typical characters you find in a love story. A heroine with Aspergers and a hero who is a male escort. Yet they are one of my absolute favorite couples! Magic poured from these pages in this beautiful love story! And I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but it was much more sexier than I thought. Huge stamp of approval on this one and I highly recommend.
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.