Release Date: Jun 5, 2018
Heat Level: Hot/Scorching
Publisher: Penguin Group
Holy hotness! That goes both for the hero and the heat in The Kiss Quotient.
I’m going to be honest with you, I’ve had this book sitting in my TBR pile for a several months. When I finally read the blurb and realized it was about a gigolo, my interest in it cooled. Just not my idea of romance if you know what I mean. Being a carefree playboy is one thing but getting paid to sleep with women—and sometimes women you don’t particularly like? How could I fall for a hero like that.
Then along came Michael.
After my good friend read The Kiss Quotient and expressed how much she loved the book, I remembered I had it and decided to give it a try. My friend Lori isn’t exactly easy to please. I started reading it and was immediately hooked. The second Michael appeared on the pages, I knew I was in for the long haul. And what a fantastic ride it was.
Stella Lane, our dear heroine, doesn’t really like sex. She’s not good at it. Actually, she’s not good at relationships and she believes it has to do with her Asperger’s because once men find out she’s autistic, they tend not to stick around. She believes that if she can get better at sex, maybe getting and keeping a relationship will be easier. Enter Michael Khan. She discovers his profile on an escort service site and books him.
I fell fathoms deep in love with Michael. Lord that man is hot and so considerate and kind. He’s truly one of those “good” guys parents want their daughters to marry. That he is also drop-dead gorgeous and puts the sex in sexy is an added bonus. Given his current part-time gig as a male escort, it’s understandable why Michael is pretty jaded when it comes to relationships and sex. Experience has taught him—bad experience—that he has to limit his “interactions” with his clients to one. Women have gotten obsessed and stalked him after he stopped seeing them. He doesn’t want a repeat of that. Then along comes beautiful, awkward, blunt sometimes to the point of rudeness Stella. He ends up breaking the rules and takes her on as a long-term client.
Stella and Michael are meant to be together. They just fit. They are simply adorable and boy is the sex scorching hot. I think that’s what surprised me the most about this book. I went into it thinking maybe there’d be a couple of mild to sensual love scenes. Boy was I wrong. I read this with my fan in hand and fluttering wildly. Michael is very good at what he does. 😉 Then of course there’s his backstory. Talk about grabbing you by the heart and squeezing hard. My heart ached for him, for the situation he found himself in. I ached reading about how his father shaped his life. I ached for the career he had to put to the side to take care of his mother. And I dare anyone not to love his family. I will never forget the scene when Stella first meets them. Yikes.
And what can I say about Stella. She’s adorable and so earnest in her quest to become better at sex. That she almost immediately falls for Michael isn’t a surprise but I also loved her determination to initially do everything by the book, or I should say by the list she comes up with. She’s not going to be one of those women who stalk him when their arrangement comes to an end.
What a great cast of characters I got to read about. From Michael’s mother Me to his sisters and Stella’s mother. The dialogue is witty and the interactions between the characters are natural. The black moment had me freaking out just a bit. I should have seen it coming but I didn’t. I really loved that it caught me off guard, and I love that when it was all said and done, I didn’t want their story to be over. I want more of Stella and Michael. I’m officially putting in a request to Ms. Hoang for her to follow up on their relationship in an upcoming book. And kudos to a fantastic debut!