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The Bride Test
The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart... 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.
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mreads
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Another delightful novel from Hoang, this time the guy's on the spectrum. Feel that Quan might be next? He sounds delicious so I hope so.😁

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Everything abt this novel impressed me, from the seemingly discomforting premise (woman in need of $ comes to US to woo someone) to the depth of character development & unbelievably wonderful romance. Our Happy Ever After is earned, our heroine is so deep and real, & story itself gripping and bittersweet. My first Hoang novel but not my last!

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riversong153
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💜💜💜💜💜 This was a really good romance! Just what I needed at this time! If you like romance, I recommend. Not too steamy a little less steamy than TKQ but every bit as good!

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Next up. Excited for it.

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readordierachel
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Hoang is 2 for 2. Fantastic 3-dimensional heroine, a neurodiverse hero, and a plot that actually has some stuff to say (and teach) about the immigrant experience in this country. More romance like this, please.

And the sexual tension (and sex) is turned up to 11 🔥

Tanisha_A Ooh, nice review. I haven't read her at all. 2d
readordierachel @Tanisha_A The author herself is on the autism spectrum and so far each of her 2 books has featured a heroine or hero who is neurodiverse. And the romances are sweet (and spicy) and believable. Good stuff 👍🏼 2d
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Ah! Intriguing. Stacked! 😁 2d
mrp27 Agreed! I was pleasantly surprised that I liked The Kiss Quotient, I'm looking forward to this one. 2d
readordierachel @mrp27 I liked aspectsof this even more than the first one. I'm excited to see what she does next! 23h
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teainthelibrary
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A super cute and quick read. While I liked The Kiss Quotient better, I still loved this one and thought it held up on its own! I enjoyed all of the different identities and realities that came together, and the romance was totally believable. And now I‘m impatient for another book by Helen Hoang!

readordierachel I really enjoyed this one too! 2d
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Starting this beauty. I 💜 TKQ and needed a light read. So far so good! 😊

britt_brooke I started this last night! 3d
HOTPock3tt I just finished this!! I really liked it ☺️TKQ is also one of my faves books !! ♥️♥️♥️ so I was really looking forward to this new edition in the series. (edited) 3d
riversong153 @britt_brooke are you liking it? 3d
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riversong153 @HOTPock3tt 💜💜💜 I‘m pulled in already! 3d
Hollie I devoured this one! 3d
britt_brooke @riversong153 I‘m not far in, but yes, so far. 3d
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LibrarianRyan
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4⭐️ This book is funny, sweet, and endearing. It is your typical romance novel with bends not normally seen. Esme speaks very little english, but doesn‘t let that stop her. Khai is on the autism spectrum, and while it may take a few lessons and finding new ways to talk to and about himself, he to is learning. Over all this was a fun romp. I cant wait till the next one.
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This was so cute and so charming. I love that Hoang writes characters that are different from stansard romance novels. The hero had autism, and the hero was an immrigramt, who had an accent was not at all westernized. They were real and relatable, and the romance was believable.

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HOTPock3tt
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HELEN HOANG!!!!! 💖 omg! 🤗 Ok fangirling aside 🤣... I adored “the kiss quotient” so there was no way I was going to pass on this. The audiobook was amazing and the story kept me hooked. It was sweet & well written with a fresh storyline. I love the characters in this universe and I‘m definitely on board for the 3rd book!! ♥️🤗 4/5⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Sweet, and kept me up until 2 a.m. reading. And I particularly loved some of the sexy times for how not great and awkward they were. 🤣🥰

#romance #contemporaryromance #autism

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This book is really important to me. And I loved it.

britt_brooke I just started this today! 4d
Notafraidofwords @britt_brooke it‘s a quick read. 3d
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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It is deeply personal to me that Helen Hoang writes love stories that involve people with autism. 🖤

I will forever love every single thing she writes.

Christine Aww, love your endorsement! I don‘t read much romance but am totally going to read her books after hearing her on the Goodreads podcast and adoring her completely. Plus I didn‘t realize she was local to me here in San Diego, and I have a kid on the spectrum...so yup, will be picking up The Kiss Quotient soon. :) 4d
Ashley_Nicoletto @Christine Thank you. I find it refreshing that the romantic relationships she portrays look so much like my own. I definitely recommend her. I‘ll have to look up her goodreads interview. I adore her so much. 4d
Christine That‘s so cool, and everything you say makes me want to read her even more. Here‘s the podcast episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-of-your-life-with-elizabeth/id143710... 4d
sprainedbrain I can‘t wait for this one! I might have to break by book-buying ban because neither of my libraries has it yet! 😟 4d
Ashley_Nicoletto @sprainedbrain I did the audiobook and it was delightful. 4d
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed this second book (which can be read as a stand-alone, since they are mostly unrelated, outside of them being cousins). I found it fell short in a couple areas, and a little unrealistic in other areas. Overall, it is a really sweet story.

suzisteffen ahhhh I missed the related to the first book part! Thank you! 5d
baes @suzisteffen Yes! They were at their wedding! It was the one with 20 guests. They mentioned Michael not coming to another wedding too, because his fiancé didn‘t like crowds. 5d
suzisteffen @baes 😳😳😳😳 how ... HOW DID I MISS THAT?!?! Wow. I really liked the depiction of the woman in this book, and the author‘s discussion of how she was like the author‘s mom. 5d
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GirlMeetsBook
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All around I really enjoyed this, and I enjoyed it even more than the Kiss Quotient. HOWEVER, I have a really hard time with the fact that the author uses them term “sex” to refer to the female characters‘ genitalia in both books. It was used less frequently in this story so it wasn‘t as bad, which may be why I liked it better.

MaggieCarr I wrote similar sentiments in my review yesterday. 📚 I enjoyed this one even more than 5d
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MaggieCarr
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5☆☆☆☆☆ Awesome book! I'm always worried for the second book from an author that writes such an amazing debut. 'The Kiss Quotient', in this case. However, I may have enjoyed this one even more. I loved Esme's strong drive, and how the culture/language break redefined the shadowed view of the autism spectrum in adult men. They both learned a lot from each other through their arranged relationship. Even better, the sub family storylines. Stack this!

Liatrek I order this one with my Mother‘s Day B&N gift card❤️ I can‘t wait to read it 😊 5d
MaggieCarr @Liatrek great choice! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 5d
LibrarianRyan I finished this yesterday too. I 100% agree 5d
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MaggieCarr @LibrarianRyan I feel like we are often reading the same books at the same time. Is it weird that I like that? I just assume you will comment now lol 5d
LibrarianRyan @MaggieCarr that is weird. Currently reading. 5d
MaggieCarr @LibrarianRyan Hahahahahaha 5d
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LibrarianRyan
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Loved it. Review to come later

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DebbieCivilAuthor
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This book is funny, emotional, filled with love and awkward moments! What an excellent read!

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Denisereads75
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I loved the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and happily anticipated reading her new one, The Bride Test. I like that her romance novels are different because they always have a main character that is autistic. I didn‘t like this book as much as The Kiss Quotient but I definitely enjoyed it enough that I will continue to read her novels.

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BookInMyHands
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I stayed up way too late to binge read this one last night. Not only are Hoang‘s romances lovely and steamy, but I love her #neurodiverse characters and their stories. You don‘t have to read Hoang‘s “Kiss Quotient” first, but some of the minor characters star in this one.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

kgriffith Does the neurodiversity get named, or is it more coded? 1w
BookInMyHands @kgriffith Autism is specifically named and talked about. The author is also Autistic. 1w
MaggieCarr I'm reading it right now too. Love the hair cut scene. 1w
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Hestapleton
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YOU GUYS. 😍😍😍😍 I sat in my car after work to finish the last few pages. So good. So gripping. Such a sweet (and steamy!) story. I love Hoang and she‘s now an automatic-buy author! I love how her characters‘ emotions are so so tangible. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #abookfeaturingawedding #pop19 #newin2019 #booked2019

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed this book!! I‘ve heard such good things about this author 😊 I think the prompt you tagged is for #Pop19 and not #booked2019 😜I‘m sure it might work for something else xx 5d
Hestapleton @Cinfhen Oh Lord. My coffee was weak this morning. I meant #newin2019, lol. WHOOPS. 5d
Cinfhen There you go!!!!! Perfect 💕🙌🏻 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job on the prompt! 👊🏻 4d
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Hollie
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I read a good chunk of this while giving a final this morning and at one point, looked up to realize I was alone in the room. The last student had turned in the exam and I was still standing there reading. Needless to say, it sucked me in. I loved it. I love that a MC is on the autism spectrum and is written complexly. You‘ll root for a happy ending in this light, but still sexy, romance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

rachelm I can‘t wait to read this one!! 1w
Hollie @Rachelm it‘s so good! 1w
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JJSturm72
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Beautiful day for reading on my front porch ❤️📚🌺

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Amor4Libros
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Apparently, being sad just makes me buy more books...

rretzler Hope whatever‘s making you sad is soon mended. 1w
Amor4Libros @rretzler I lost my Mom to cancer 3 weeks ago, but thank you for your kind words. ❤️ 1w
rretzler I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't intend to be flip or disrespectful. Of course, that is a sadness that is never truly mended. I lost my father to cancer 45 years ago, and I still think of him every day. 1w
Amor4Libros @rretzler I didn‘t take it as disrespectful or flip at all! On the contrary, thank you! And I am sorry about your Dad, also. 1w
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Owlizabeth
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Ahhhh this was SO GOOD. I loved The Kiss Quotient and I had extremely high hopes and OMG did Helen Hoang deliver! I loved Khai and Esme and their story. I love that it was an immigration story as well as being a romance and will forever be here for #actuallyautistic representation. Just excellent contemporary romance. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

And look how well the cover matches my leggings! 😂

MrBook Nice review! Saw this in the store last time I was there. 😁 1w
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Lauren.Archer
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This was cute to boot. This started out a bit slower than The Kiss Quotient, however, how this book developed it was so good. Khai and Esme will stay with me for quite a bit.

essayareayaitch Can't wait to start it. 1w
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Hollie
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Khai‘s mother just wants him to #lovesomeone specifically the Vietnamese young woman she brought to America to attempt to seduce him. Because Khai is autistic, he processes emotions differently and believes that he wants nothing to do with a future bride. I‘m not far in but the story is sucking me in so far! #amonthofsongs

LaraReads Finished last night. Loved it! 💛💙 1w
bookseller_cate Kitty! 1w
OriginalCyn620 Cute kitty! 🐱 1w
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EyesOnly34 That cat lol 1w
Soubhiville Aw, pretty kitty. 1w
Hollie @LaraReads yay! I will get through it quickly I think 😍 1w
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Helen Hoang‘s books are just the cutest! If I feel ANY strong emotion for the characters in a book, I see that as a win for the author. Her books have me rooting for the main characters all the way through; their personalities are so endearing and lovable. 5 ⭐️ #romantsy #audible #romance

Kaylamburson I've been wanting to read this one! Welcome to Litsy!!!! 1w
I_Like_Big_Books @Kaylamburson Yes, I loved it! And thank you!! :) 1w
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I loved The Kiss Quotient and am so excited to dig into some more Helen Hoang!! #audible #contemporary #fiction #currentlylisteningto

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I got some unexpected bad news this weekend and was in need of something to get lost in. Luckily I had this book and it worked wonderfully. It was such a fun and delightful read. It's less steamy than The Kiss Quotient but still sexy and a total page turner. There was a particular, we'll call it, "sex ed" passage that had me laughing out loud. I loved it. Helen Hoang does it again ??

Reggie I will always remember last Father‘s Day. I was at work and people were the most horrible they‘ve been in a while. On my breaks I started The Kiss Quotient and by the time I finished it, that horrible day had been erased. Saving this one for Father‘s Day this year. It‘s good to hear you liked it!! 2w
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There's no sophomore slump in sight folks, Helen Hoang is the real deal! 👏🏽 I loved the Kiss Quotient so I was really excited to read this and wasn't disappointed in the slightest - I'll read anything and everything she writes. Khai and Esme really tugged at my heart strings! 🥰 #romance #botm

LaraReads Totally feel the same all the way! And that Author‘s Note at the end?! 💔 If I didn‘t already love her so much, that would have thrown me into the deep end right there! She‘s amazing! 💛💙 1w
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Lauren.Archer
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Next read, I need something super light.

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Owlizabeth
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Check out this good looking stack! It‘s getting harder to concentrate on the Shades of Magic series, especially with the new Helen Hoang staring at me. #litsyloveslibraries #sweetstack

readordierachel Ooh, so many good things to choose from! 2w
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teainthelibrary
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I‘m so excited for this! I absolutely loved The Kiss Quotient, so I‘m hoping this compares well ☺️

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ChasingOm I can‘t wait for my next Audible credit to swoop this one up! 😍 1w
I_Like_Big_Books @ChasingOm I have the romance package on audible and it‘s on there! I was so excited to see it! 1w
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Hestapleton
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#romantsy, I am obsessed with Helen Hoang‘s books and I‘m frantically sneaking pages of this at work. Do you have any read-a-likes you recommend? I love these rich characters and the steamy plots!

ElaineHowlin Oooh i need to read her books!! 2w
xxjenadanxx I love Christina Lauren‘s books, especially Josh and Hazel‘s Guide to Not Dating 2w
Carleneishere Also follow The Ripped Bodice on Instagram! They‘re an all romance bookstore in California and often have helpful recs! 1w
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Joriebooks
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My #BOTM pick came in yesterday. I‘ve been so excited for these two. I got my sister to sign up and she also picked these two books. Gonna have a sisters‘ book club! 📚🤓

Lovesbooks87 They are both so very good! Hope you both enjoy them! 2w
Julsmarshall I have a sisters book club with my sister 😄 Enjoy! 2w
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So much love for Helen Hoang‘s books, especially after reading The Bride Test. Heartwarming, sweet and all kinds of wonderful. Esme and Khai‘s story made me feel things and that‘s saying a lot considering that I have a stone heart. #TheBrideTest #Romance #HelenHoang

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So freaking good! I loved this! #romantsy

readordierachel So glad to hear it's good! 2w
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LaraReads
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I am so excited to start this! The Kiss Quotient was one of my surprise LOVES of last year, so I am eager to jump right into this before work today! Just downloaded the audiobook too, now trying to motivate myself to take my daily walk for #bfc It was a crazy late night at work last night, so I am dragging a little this morning. Coffee & my birds are helping me feel alive again though! 💕☕️🐦📖 #bookfitnesschallenge

Lovesbooks87 It was so good! I finished it this morning! 2w
TheSpineView Just think how good you will feel afterwards! 2w
Clwojick I feel you! I had a hard time falling asleep this morning, so I ended up snoozing my alarm for 2 hours 😅 2w
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BookwormAHN Bring your book and walk to a nice place to read 🌻 2w
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo. 2w
GypsyKat Great picture! 2w
Caterina Beautiful picture! And you can do this!!! 👏 I hear you burn extra calories when you really don't feel like working out 😉 2w
dariazeoli Hope you found a walk reinvigorated you 💪 2w
LaraReads @Lovesbooks87 I only got through 5 chapters before work, but really loving it so far! 2w
LaraReads @TheSpineView @BookwormAHN @Caterina You guys rock at motivation! Thanks so much! 💕 2w
LaraReads @Clwojick Ugh, it was the worst! I didn‘t get off until 11 which means no sleep until after 1, and it‘s rarely good sleep after a crazy work night! 😴😴 2w
LaraReads @dariazeoli It definitely did! Not as long of a walk as I should have, but I‘ll try again tomorrow! 2w
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Lovesbooks87
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Helen Hoang does it again! I loved The Kiss Quotient and recommended the heck out of it and I will do the same thing with this book! I loved this book too. It gave me all these amazing feels! I really hope that Quan gets his own book!!!

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BookMail is the best mail! #BOTM

Reviewsbylola Yes!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 (edited) 2w
marleed I‘m finding this to-read book irresistible and may not be able to wait for it to drop to me from the library! 2w
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Hip hip hooray Book of the Month is here today!

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silentrequiem
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Whoa. They arrived a day earlier than expected! So excited! But I won't have time to read until tomorrow night. 😭 #botm

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This was absolutely adorable! A follow up to The Kiss Quotient but totally works as a standalone. Also well done on #audible surprisingly it is part of the #romancepackage too!

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So excited for my BOTM pics this month. Been looking forward to The Bride Test. Just need to finish all the others so I can get to it. Beautiful day out.

MartinaLove What does BOTM stands for? 2w
Karen3 @MartinaLove Book of the Month club. It‘s a monthly book club where you pick from 5 selected books. It‘s a great club. 2w
MartinaLove Oh I heard about that club. They have great choices. 2w
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This is such a great follow-up to The Kiss Quotient. It's has an awesome romance between Khai and Esme with a few cameos from Michael and Stella. If you liked the Kiss Quotient, you'll probably enjoy this as well.

I can't wait to read her novels about Michael's sisters next.

baes I can‘t wait to get started on this. 2w
HOTPock3tt I just started this! I ADORED the kiss quotient and liking this one so far too!!! 2w
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suzisteffen
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This was a verrrry interesting and complex straight ppl #romance, with the Vietnamese American main dude being autistic and believing he has no emotions - “a stone heart.” The protag woman is a poor, smart, Vietnamese woman with an out-of-wedlock child and a missing American dad whose name was Phil and who was at Berkeley in the 1980s. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?? I look forward to reviews from Vietnamese Americans & autistic folks. #ownvoices #romance

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AmyM43
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Like with The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang wrote a story with deeply personal roots and you can definitely feel that personal connection resonating throughout the story. She did a wonderful job not only continuing to bring autism to the foreground, but in this case, showing the challenges an emigrant faces, but also giving us a wonderful story of hope and new beginnings.

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I loved this one just as much as The Kiss Quotient. I couldn‘t help but empathize with Khai and his struggle with identifying feelings and emotions. The story was cute and I look forward to reading more of Helen‘s work. #romance