One of Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018
One of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2018
"This is such a fun read and it's also quite original and sexy and sensitive."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author
"Hoang's writing bursts from the page."--Buzzfeed
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 crave all of the other things he's making her feel. 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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Steamy, tender, and hilarious, Helen Hoang’s debut blows romance-novel tropes to pieces. Michael, a mixed-race fashion designer moonlighting as an escort, has never met a client like Stella: a wealthy computer whiz on the autism spectrum who wants to learn about love so she’ll succeed in life. We loved Hoang’s anything-but-typical protagonists; it’s rare in contemporary romance for male sex workers and autistic people to be central characters. As unique as both of Hoang’s characters are, we found Michael and Stella's desires, hangups, and missteps surprisingly relatable.
Customer ReviewsSee All
An easy beach read about love
This book has a twist on a love story. Easy to read with beautiful rich characters. I would love to see more from this author.
Loved this book!
Loved, loved, loved this book! One of my favorites of 2018. I loved & related to Stella’s awkwardness. Loved that Michael was attracted to her because of her differences. Loved the way he made sacrifices for his family. And I especially loved the way Stella & Michael both became better versions of themselves from their time together, while not depending on the other person to make them whole. Highly recommend the audio narrated by Carly Robins who did an marvelous job bringing all the characters to life.
My fav book of the year!
I was a bit wary starting this book because I didn't want Stella to be written as a one dimensional stereotype. But I did NOT need to worry....this book was soooo good! Very rarely do I love both hero AND heroine but Michael and Stella surpassed my expectations. The chemistry between the 2 is off the charts but also their day to day connection was very cute too. I rarely laugh out loud reading books but that one scene and Michael's quip with dvds and alphabetizing was hilarious. Michael had just enough Alpha in him but was so sweet with Stella. I also loved the piano duet scene.....so poignant and sweet on so many levels. Stella was a wonderful heroine......so honest and straightforward....no game playing. The only negative could be the misunderstanding at the end that seemed to drag on a bit. But that is a small negative when considering how much I enjoyed the book. It will definitely put a smile on your face!