My June Book of the Month pick was The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. And I really enjoyed it, but I do think it needs a little bit of a warning. I’ll get to that in a few minutes. I put this in the fiction category, but it really should be in more of a romance / romantic comedy category.
Stella Lane is a brilliant 30 year old econometrist – she figures out algorithms for predicting customer purchases. Math is the thing that makes sense to Stella. She loves her job and has plenty of money. However, Stella really struggles in the romantic relationship department (or really most relationships). Stella has autism, which means things like touching, kissing, a lot of eye contact and most social situations really just aren’t her thing.
When her parents tell her that they would like to have grandchildren, Stella decides that she needs to hire a professional escort who can teach her what she needs to know. Michael is extremely handsome, and desperately needs the money. So he breaks his rule of no repeat customers to teach Stella. While each of them tries to keep the relationship professional, they each realize there is much more to it.
Now I am going to be completely honest – I really enjoyed this book BUT at times I did feel a little bit like I was reading a Harlequin romance novel. I mean Michael IS an escort. Romance novels are not my thing at all, however I do feel like this one had much more of a plot to it than I sort of assume romance novels have (I’ve never read one, but they do not appeal to me). I mean, normally I am more into people being murdered or going missing, but I really loved this book! Stella is so determined to learn and grow, and Michael is so incredibly sweet to her (he has no idea she has autism). There are some really funny parts, some sad parts, and a lot of really sweet parts. I really couldn’t put it down. And I think it really gives an interesting perspective of someone living with autism who wants a romantic relationship (the author was actually diagnosed with autism recently).
If you are looking for a good, light, little bit quirky summer read, this is a great choice. And even if the more romantic books aren’t your thing, I really encourage you to give The Kiss Quotient a try!
And if you are interested in signing up for Book of the Month, read more about my experience here. I highly recommend it if you love to read!