The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"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.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780451490803
Branch Call Number: FIC HOANG
Characteristics: ix, 317 pages ; 21 cm


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Stella Lane has Asperger’s and fears she may never get over her intense dislike of kissing to form a true and lasting relationship. Enter professional escort Michael Phan. She’s in it for the instruction. He’s in it for the money to once-and-for-all get out of his financial bind. But, in the end,... Read More »


As a person with autism, Stella struggles to connect with men in relationships. Feeling the pressure from both her mother and loneliness, she reaches out to a male escort to learn a thing or two about relationships. Suggested by Kaley.

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May 03, 2019

A sweet, semi-autobiographical romance about Stella, a young woman who, after coming to the realization based on past awkward experiences that she "isn't good at" sex, hires a male escort to provide instruction and pointers. Though I love a good love story, I usually shy away from the romance genre because the obligatory conflicts are often painfully contrived, but I have to say this was pretty well done! Recommended.

Apr 20, 2019

Good story about a girl with aspergers who hired a guy to teach her to kiss and make love. Maybe not for B/C but a good read.

Apr 05, 2019

This is NOT appropriate for teens, it is soft-core porn. The story would be a fun love story without all of the sex scenes. It is not needed. Explicit details of sex throughout. KCLS please remove this from the TEEN section.

VaughanPLKim Feb 15, 2019

In this steamy romance, Stella, a woman on the autism spectrum, enlists the services of male escort Michael to help her become comfortable with sex. Michael respects Stella's boundaries and in turn she doesn't judge him for his profession. What starts as a business transaction quickly becomes something more.

Feb 10, 2019

I was worried about the hype. It raises expectations and I find it hard for any book to meet them. One thing I can say, it was a solid and well-written romance with wonderfully diverse characters. I didn’t find it entirely unique due to a couple of cliched secondary characters and some redundant character self-recriminations, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying nearly everything about the story. I don’t usually enjoy escort heroes and I had to force myself to look past his very part-time profession since he was the absolute best kind of hero in regards to his time with Stella. I mean heart-stopping and swoon-inducing type of hero! I also loved the authenticity of Stella’s character and the fact that she was the driving force of the novel. Besides my menial criticisms, The Kiss Quotient was a stellar debut by an author that I look forward to reading more from.

JCLStefanieE Jan 23, 2019

When neurotic number cruncher (who happens to have asperger's syndrome) hires an escort to 'practice' the art of love things get pretty steamy. I fell in love with these well-drawn characters as they fell for each other. Definitely a clever piece of candy literature and sure to put a smile on the face of romance readers.

VaughanPLDaniela Jan 03, 2019

The perfect book to heat things up on cold winter nights! I found myself immersed in Hoang's debut novel about Stella, a young professional with Asperger's, who is determined to unlock the secrets of love and romantic relationships. Enter Michael, a sexy Vietnamese and Swedish escort who Stella hires for a steamy night of sex-ed. But what begins as a hook-up soon turns into more, as Stella finds herself obsessing over Michael and Michael begins falling for the quirky, intelligent Stella. Fans of "Pretty Woman" and "The Rosie Project" will enjoy this unconventional and passionate romance.

DCLadults Jan 02, 2019

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 Pick. Stella is a whiz at numbers, but her Asperger’s makes it difficult to form any relationships. Being practical, she decides to hire a hot male escort for some practice. A debut romance novel that’s smart, sweet and steamy all at once.

Dec 19, 2018

Absolute drivel. Minimal character development. The male fantasy of finding a woman who hates sex, then showing her how wonderful it is. Described in explicit detail. Again and again throughout the book. Pornography.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 11, 2018

This got a lot of buzz this year, and for good reason -- there's so much interesting stuff happening in this book! It's a romance novel featuring a heroine on the Autism spectrum and a hero who works as a male escort. The setup -- the heroine thinks she's bad at sex, so hires an escort to practice with -- is quite clever and the author packs a lot of commentary on a LOT of things into what remains, at its heart, a fun, breezy read.

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Mar 04, 2019

He spread her thighs wide and took in the sight of her beautiful *****. Wet, swollen folds flushed deep pink and blossomed wide open for him. p.198

ArapahoeMaryA Oct 19, 2018

All the things that make you different make you perfect.


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