Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Published by Berkley on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
My Rating: 4 stars
The Bride Test is sweet and funny; an absolute delight!
This is the second book in The Kiss Quotient series but can be read as a complete standalone. Told in the dual POVs of Khai and Esme, this is an own voices contemporary romance infused with Vietnamese culture and autism spectrum disorder representation.
Helen Hoang is a gem! She has the ability to captivate with her dynamic, diverse characters and heartwarming stories.
The overall plot is really enjoyable, but the star, for me, are the characters. Esme is a single mother working hard to support her family. She is so selfless and determined to give her loved ones a better life. Khai is a complex guy. He is on the autism spectrum and dealing with something from his past that haunts him and closes him off. Forced proximity gives them an interesting dynamic and as their relationship grows, it gave me the warm and fuzzies!
I absolutely recommend The Bride Test! This is a great combination of wit, sizzle, and the feels! I cannot wait for Helen Hoang’s next book that is due to release in Spring of next year!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.
Source: Author Website