Author: Helen Hoang
Series: Book Two in the Kiss Quotient
Published By: Berkley (May 7, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 5 Solid Stars!!
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.
The Kiss Quotient was one of my absolute favorite reads last year and one I still thinking about and if I'm being honest, use to compare other books to so picking up Hoang latest was a complete no brainer for me. In fact, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I knew not only was I getting a treat but more than likely one heck of a romance and emotional ride to go with it.
I adore those stories that can pack a punch and worm their way right into your very soul and Haung has a way of doing that with her characters, her story line, and her words. Stories that leave a mark long after you have put them down. I want to start off by saying, read the Author's Note, maybe even before starting this story, because it truly adds so much more to it.
This story is one I won't soon be forgetting. It really did pack in the feels, the emotions, the everything,
A story about one woman's struggle to overcome her circumstances and to be better, not only for herself, but for those she loves.
A story about a man, that overcomes just as much as the woman but in totally different ways.
I have never swoond more for a characters, than I think I have for Khai. He wanted to be better, be stronger, be...more. And he didn't even realize, the whole time, he already was. Sometimes he broke my heart in the best possible ways.
I still have so much I want to say about this story and very few words that are good enough to express them all. What I will say though is this, with as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient, I loved this even more. So much more. This is a story that I want to read and read again and then re-read again. One that will never get old, never lose it's potency. A story that can change everything and anything. One that gives you hope, compassion, understanding, and so much more.
Well done Ms. Hoang, well done.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*