The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Trigger and content warnings for unwanted touching and forced kissing, lowkey sexual harassment, anxiety attacks, abandonment, a loved one with a chronic illness.

The Kiss Quotient is so deserving of all the hype it has received thus far.This book has very explicit and graphic sex scenes, so be warned if that is not something you’re into.

“I don’t want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”

This is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has a successful career, however her life is lacking personal connections. Her mother is pressuring her to find a boyfriend, but Stella feels un-confident that she is able to have a relationship where she can be herself.She believes that she is bad at sex, so she hires an attractive escort to teach her.

Michael is an escort that has one rule he doesn’t do more than one session per client. However, he is willing to make an exception for Stella. Michael is biracial (Vietnamese and Swedish), his dream is to be a fashion designer, and has always put his family first. He is such a swoon-worthy hero. I loved his relationship with his mother, they are the cutest!

“She didn’t know how to be semi-interested in something. She was either indifferent . . . or obsessed.”

I just adored everything about Stella! I have a family member on the autism spectrum, and personally I’ve never read about a character with the same diagnosis. I loved the way that Stella and Michael’s relationship evolved,they both treated each other with respect from the beginning and they had such sweet tender moments that melted my heart.

This book had the perfect amount of cuteness,and the fake dating trope done flawlessly done.I recommend The Kiss Quotient with all my soul.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.”

I have been seeing this book all over Goodreads/ Instagram for well over a year now. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to pick up and read this book. I can now say without a doubt that it’s my new favorite contemporaries ever. I totally get the hype surrounding this book. It was so good, I couldn’t put it down and it’s just what I needed this week. This book centers around my favorite trope of enemies-to-lovers. It’s just so well done. This book was so funny with a ton of emotional layers.

Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant to one of the co-CEOs of a recently merged publishing company. Her nemesis and office mate, Joshua Templeman, is the assistant to the other CEO. Since they met they have hated each other so they have been playing these games to frustrate each other. When they find themselves up for the same promotion,things get way more tense between the two. But everything changes with an unexpected kiss!

“I’m going to destroy you. The Hating Game. You versus me. It’s the only way this can possibly end.”

The story is told from Lucy’s point of view, and she’s so adorable!She is funny and quirky. I loved her, she is such a relatable character. What I loved most about her is that she didn’t back down from Josh. She is fierce and spunky. I adored the banter between these too.

Josh is the complete opposite of Lucy, cynical and grumpy. But there is so much more to him, as the story unfolds. I loved his sweetness and the way he pays attention to Lucy. There was so much tension between these two, it’s just so good!

“When you get so little of someone, you take what you can get.”

This was an amazing debut novel! It was so much fun to read, and they are so cute my heart couldn’t take it. I finished it in just two sittings. I’m so excited to say that I was approved for an arc of Sally Thorns second novel 99 Percent Mine, I can’t wait to start it!!

If your looking for a fun fast read I highly recommend picking up The Hating Game!

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