From the author of The Bride Test comes a romance novel hailed as one of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2018 and 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.
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I loved this book! Michael was so perfect and I loved him so much. I loved that he was a fashion designer and could make clothes. Such a unique talent for a male lead and to fit him and the story so well. I loved Stella as well and all her quirks. This was a great look into autism and really smashed some of the stereotypes I had when going into this book. I love that Stella wasn’t magically “cured” once she got with Michael. She still had social anxiety and said the wrong things (which I loved). I honestly wish there was MORE to the story. I wanted more about his parents relationship, more about Quan and Kia, more about his sisters. It was such a great book I didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read Kia’s story!
Had no idea what I was getting into but I'm glad I took a chance on this book. I was caught off guard in how steamy the scenes would get. Definitely one of favorite books now and I loved how the author also weaved herself into her character with Asperger's.
Sidenote: I now look at dragon tattoos differently.
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I kept seeing this book pop up everywhere but I was hesitant because I’m very picky with the books I read but I LOVE this novel. It’s has just enough sex, romance, awkward, and sympathy all wrapped up into the perfect read