Kiss Quotient
by Hoang, Helen

A 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger's tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department. Original.

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.

Econometrician Stella Lane feels more comfortable with statistics than people. Her mother is pressuring her to focus more on her love life, but Stella has issues about getting intimate with men. The solution? She decides to hire an escort to tutor her in sex and dating. Her choice, Michael Phan, becomes much more than a detached date-for-hire. Michael works as an escort to support his family. His father is a con artist who left Michael's mother and sisters saddled with debt, and his mother has been diagnosed with cancer. He wants to keep his relationship with Stella on a purely business basis, but, between their steamy encounters, a surprisingly authentic connection develops. Debut author Hoang's romance novel features two uncommon protagonists: a woman with autism spectrum disorder and a biracial man. Inspired by personal experience, Hoang depicts Stella with empathy and honesty. Readers will find this to be a refreshing take on the classic romance story of an arranged, pragmatic relationship that turns into true love. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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