The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang *New Favorite*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2

Synopsis:
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.

GOODREADS

 

Review

Dear Helen Hoang,
It’s official. I love you.

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4 Authors I Fell in Love With in 2018

I’m trying really hard to pretend that my vacation is coming to an end by staying in bed all day and reading/updating the blog.

For some reason, my vacations seem so much shorter when I’m running around doing things the entire time. I feel like it’s much longer when I sit around and read all day.

Does anyone else feel like this?

Maybe it’s an introvert thing.

Anyway, I’ve been seeing similar posts like this all around the blogosphere and I thought I’d list the authors I’ve discovered and loved this year.

So, here’s to all the authors who made my 2018 reading experience exceptional.

 

Trisha Wolfe

I did my very first author spotlight on Trisha because she has pretty much taken over my blog this year ever since I read the Darkly, Madly Duet.

 

Lauren Layne

I feel like Lauren Layne came out of nowhere for me. I went into Blurred Lines with no real expectations and ended up re-reading it again within a few games because I loved it so much. I read three more of her books (I Knew You Were Trouble, Irresistibly Yours, and Good Girl) and really enjoyed all of them.

 

Helen Hoang

I loved everything about The Kiss Quotient and I’m so excited about the movie and her next book!

 

Lauren Blakely

I have no idea where I have been, but I’ve recently fallen absolutely in love with Lauren Blakely thanks to Wanderlust. The best part is that I found her after she’d already published a bunch of books I was able to binge on thanks to the Romance Package on Audible!

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

GOODREADS

Review

This book has gotten so much hype, I just KNEW I had to read it! Also… Asian author? Yes, please!

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Coming Soon: Mini-Reviews {August 2018}

You guys… I’ve been the WORST blogger this past week. August is an insane month around here. School just started for my girls and literally EVERYONE but me has a birthday in August at my house: my husband and both of my girls have birthdays this month!

Anyway, please accept my apologies for not being very present here or in your comments section. I’m dying at how many great blog posts I’ve likely missed by you!

Anyway…

Here are the reviews that are coming up over the next few weeks + their mini-reviews!

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Favorite Books of July 2018

It’s been such a fun week for me!

My brother and I went to the Panic! at the Disco concert on Wednesday (seriously was the best concert I’ve ever been to) and then last night I had a fun karaoke night with some friends and the hubs.

Anyway, that is kind of my reason for not posting this yesterday as I originally intended. 😛 Pretty good reason, right?

July was a fantastic reading month for me. I read a total of 19 books last month – which is a record high for me this year! Of those 19, I had seven 5-star reads!

Here are my favorite reads from July 2018

November 9 A Novel By Colleen Hoover

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

 

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

 

Pucked Love (Pucked #7) by Helena Hunting 

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date.

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty.

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I’ve let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

The FINAL standalone novel in The Pucked Series.

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

 

Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1) and All in (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott 

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

 

Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga #3) by Mary Balogh 

Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja’s room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it’s the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…


 

What were your favorite reads from July?

 

 

 

Recently Added to My TBR (July 2018)

I’m just settling in from a Date Day with my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo). Her sister has been at my parents house for a couple days and my husband was gone for the day, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have some fun, just her and I.

We went bowling, played in the arcade, went out to lunch, got some FroYo, went to the library, then came home and promptly took a nap. I actually slept, too! Which is rare. Usually, I can’t turn my brain off and use the opportunity to get some stuff done, but I passed right out.

Anyway, this is a fairly new feature I’ve added to the blog last month where I show you all the books that I’ve added to my TBR! (As if the thing isn’t long enough.

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

TBH I’m not sure why I added Dr. Strange Beard to my TBR when I haven’t even read the first book, but I’m sure I’ll love the series, so I’m not mad about it. After recently reading my first Tammara Webber and enjoying it, I decided to check out some of her other books and Between the Lines looked really good. I actually only recently realized, after reading Legendary, that the third book in the trilogy had a title! As for Toil and Trouble, I mean, the cover is freaking gorgeous and the topic is exciting!

 

 


I read the first part of Jake Undone at the end of Gemini, and it got me hooked enough to add it to my TBR (even though Penelope Ward books have either been complete misses for me or just OK).


Most of these books and some of the ones below were added to my TBR after reading this post by Book Twins Reviews!


I’m actually surprised that To Kill a Kingdom wasn’t already on my TBR!

 


After finally reading The Kiss Quotient, I added Helen Hoang’s other book! The last three are books that I found at my local library’s little used book store. They’re a Persephone retelling!


Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?

 

 

 

Recently Added to my TBR Shelf {May 2018}

This is a new series here on the blog, and I’m realizing that it’s pretty eye-opening.

At the rate that I’m adding new books to my TBR, I will have to read about 10 books per day for the rest of my life to get through them all. ::cringe::

Do you every just get overwhelmed with all the books and movies and music and other amazing media there is available out there? I’d want to be immortal just so that I could get through it all.

Sometimes, when I have a few spare moments, I almost go into a panic trying to decide what I should do. Should I listen to an audiobook? Read a book on my Kindle? Take a book off my shelf? Listen to a podcast? Watch a TV show or movie on Netflix?

It almost makes me sad to think of all the incredible stories I could be missing out on.

Does this happen to anyone else?


 

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added.)


The Princess and the Fangirl (Starfield #2) by Ashley Poston
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie, et. al
Flow (Grip 0.5) by Kennedy Ryan
Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

I didn’t realize that Geekerella was a series until I looked it up on Goodreads after posting my review. I immediately added the next book in the series to my TBR. I actually thought that Because you Hate to Love Me was on my TBR, but when I realized it wasn’t, I added it.


 


Elusive (Princess Presley Duet #1) by S.E. Hall
Asher (Inked Brotherhood #1) by Jo Raven
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
Hardball by C.D. Reiss

 


 


Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by C.D. Reiss
Shuttergirl by C.D. Reiss
Blackmail Boyfriend (Boyfriend Chronicles #1) by Chris Cannon
Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

After reading my first CD Reiss book, I kind of went on a spree adding all her books to my TBR. (I only add first books in series because I won’t know if I’ll want to read the entire series.)


 


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh (Editor), Elsie Chapman (Editor)
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody
Wait With Me by Amy Daws
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang

Ace of Shades has been everywhere lately, and so many great bloggers have loved it, I’m sure I will, too!


 


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Untitled Novella (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.2) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Untitled (A Court of Thorns and Roses #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Clearly, after reading the latest ACOTAR book, I went ahead and added all the rest to my TBR.


 


The Merciless (The Merciless #1) by Danielle Vega
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
Rush (Breathless #1) by Maya Banks

After reading Bentley’s review of Merciless, I added it to my TBR and asked him for Horror suggestions. He suggested My Best Friend’s Exorcism (the cover is so creepy!)


 

What books have you added to your TBR this month?