The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

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"Stella Lane 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. With the looks of a K-drama star and the martial arts moves to match, the Vietnamese-Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer. And when she comes up with a lesson plan, he proves willing to help her check off all the boxes--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position. Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to 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 / Berkley, 2018.
ISBN: 9780451490803
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm

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Suellen1111
Jun 13, 2019

Excellent. Well-written with sparkling dialogue, lovable mains & secondary characters that add to the story, & some loving steamy sex. The plot is simple, predictable, believable & the Asperger's added an interesting dimension. Touching, steamy, full of heart!

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kwsmith
Jun 04, 2019

This book is self classified as a "modern romance" novel (the not-so secret meaning of those two words = plenty of steamy sex scenes). Stella, is a 30-year-old wealthy autistic numbers geek who doesn't know how to sex so she hires a super attractive high class male escort named Michael for "training purposes." After all that hot graphic sex, the entirely predictable thing happens between Stella and Michael. Does this in any way remind you of *Pretty Woman* with the gender roles reversed? Yes, indeed. The good news is that Stella, undoubtedly based on the autistic author herself, is a charming character so you can enjoy the story even if you know exactly what is going to happen because you watched "Pretty Woman" 46 times already.

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librarian2mytoes
Jun 01, 2019

Pretty Woman with the genders switched. And the Richard Gere-characteris an autistic woman. She hires him to help her get good at sex so she can stop hating dating and - quelle shock - they fall for each other. Lots of hot sex...really, the cover should have a classic romance novel cover with a shirtless hunk on the cover...but the plot is predictable, characters are shallow and the plot is full of convenient surprises (a minor character is secretly an MBA, we learn 7/8 in that one character conveniently has a huge trust-fund, I kept reading thinking it would get better or surprise me in some way. It did not.

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WoodneathKristie
May 20, 2019

I fell in love a little with both romantic leads, Stella and Michael, in The Kiss Quotient. They love K-Dramas, I love K-Dramas. They love martial arts movies, I love martial arts movies. They love consensual encounters based on mutual trust and fulfillment, I love consensual encounters based on mutual trust and fulfillment. This is the exact kind of story that should define the contemporary romance genre- plenty sexy and sweet, but consciously devoid of the trappings of rape culture and stale stereotypes. If you are looking for a fun "reverse Pretty Woman" romance story with a great #ownvoices twist, The Kiss Quotient is sure to be a welcome addition to your reading list.

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ryner
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.

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JANMAYS
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.

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Cheebie
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.

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RosaReads2
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.

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mckeett
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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Jun 03, 2019

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