The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
Review: Going into The Bride Test, we kind of already knew what we were getting into. After reading The Kiss Quotient I knew what I was getting into and couldn’t wait. It was also an added bonus that we stuck close to the main characters from The Kiss Quotient and were able to see them get their happy ending.
Khai was very straight forward and extremely swoon worthy, sadly his personality was well as we could expect. He lacked warm in the start of The Bride Test, but don’t give up all hope yet! We do get that warm later and in a lot more ways (if you catch my drift). I have got to say that Esme is great and watching her trying to woo and seduce Khai was a lot of fun to read. It also showed her motivations as to why it was so important to her, and how she is able to discover more about herself and fall completely in love with Khai. Of course reading Khai trying to navigate his own feelings and denying his own for Esme, was interesting to read and makes you want to shake the book many, many times too.
Although the romance was cute in The Bride Test, it didn’t measure up to the same level that we saw in The Kiss Quotient. There would be times that it was very steamy and hot, then quickly not so much. All of that I think has to do with Khai, not because of his situation, but because I could not feel the heat from him toward her (he was very wishy washy, but again- I understand why he was the way he was. I just don’t like wishy washy romance).
I am very excited to read the third book in this Kiss Quotient that I just found out is going to happen, and if rumors are right- then it’s about Khai’s older brother, who’ve we’ve seen a lot in the past two books. EKK! I can’t wait to read his story and find out how these past two book characters are doing!
She was already a song that played on endless repeat in his head.
Girl loves boy loves girl.
Would I? Reread? Maybe. Recommend to others? Yes, I really like this series. Read more from this author? Yes! Read more of this series, if there are more books coming? Yes.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Paperback, 296 pages.
New Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fiction.
Published May 7th 2019 by Berkley.
Summary: 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.
-Summary from GoodReads.com