by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
OMG..all the feels! I. Loved. This. Seriously, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang was sexy, sweet, funny and so swoon-worthy! You need to lock yourself in a room and devour it!
I haven’t been in the mood for contemporary romances at all. Instead, I have had my head in urban fantasy, thrillers and suspense. If there happens to be a side of romance I was ok, but straight up romances weren’t catching my eye…but I loved The Kiss Quotient and picked up The Bride Test. I am so incredibly grateful that I did. I devoured this and loved all the feels these incredible characters and story gave me.
I have a son who falls on the spectrum and Hoang captures these beautiful, unique souls wonderfully. From mannerisms to the unique way they view the world. It takes a special kind of soul to see how loving they truly are.
The set up for the romance was delightful. Khai’s mother travels to Vietnam and brings home a bride for him. He must spend the summer with Esme Tran, a mixed-race girl from the slums of Ho Chi Minh City. Esme will have the summer to convince Khai he wants a wife. This could have been awful, instead Hoang gave us strong, lovable characters who shared a chemistry and found something more.
Hoang balanced the obstacles of autism with firsts. New places, living with a stranger, and first times. Even the secret(s) and obstacles to the relationship were done well. I adored The Kiss Quotient, but I loved The Bride Test.
I laughed, cried, screamed in frustration, and stood proud as Esme accomplished thing. I understood and felt for Khai as I would my own son. Siblings, weddings, family and outsiders all helped pull the story along and allowing me to come to care for them all.
Don’t skip the author’s note. *wipes tears* Then buy it for yourself and your friends!
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