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The Bride Test
The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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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keys_on_fire
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Didn‘t get as much reading done this month as I‘d hoped. I got a new position in my company and a lot of days I was just DONE with mental tasks when the work day was over. Tagged book was my #doublespin for September.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I had a crazy work month as well - I've been spending evening time in Stardew Valley to wind down!! 5d
keys_on_fire I‘ve never played that one! @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 5d
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Read4life
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Here are my #WickedWords books from June.
Ready to tackle July.

AsYouWish Yay!!! That is awesome!!!!💙💙💙💙 3mo
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Pageturner1
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the tagged book The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is the book from my previous post i got from the library.
@Pogue @TheSpineView @TheKidUpstairs @UwannaPublishme @Catsandbooks

TheSpineView Awesome! 8mo
UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 8mo
Catsandbooks Ohhh that's on my tbr! 8mo
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ashesofabookdragon
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“My heart works in a different way, but it‘s yours. You‘re my one.” #TheBrideTest #HelenHoang
👀😍 Link in Bio for Review♥️

I love the way Helen Hoang writes & how she develops her love stories. These aren‘t insta-love, these aren‘t stories you can read half heartedly. You are invested in their growth, culture, families, struggles, & it is EVERYTHING.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

🎊 #bookreview #bookworm #booklovers #bookblogger #GreatReads #RecommendedReads

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Nalbuque
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This was a borderline “pick”. First half was intriguing yet a bit annoying. The way some things were portrayed didn‘t sit 100% right with me, but at the same point, made me think “well who am I to judge”. Everyone is different, whether they‘re neurodivergent or not, and I think Hoang shows a facet of that.
The second half was more predictable in a “rom-com” way, but the flow was so good, and the feels were on point!
#2021 #Autism

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katiekat311
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What a cute and fun, fluffy, fast paced read! I loved The Kiss Quotient, so I was eager to read this and it didn‘t disappoint. It makes you laugh. It makes you tear up. It makes you feel frustrated for/about characters, which is all too real with Autism Spectrum Disorder (which is close to my heart). Little bit of sexy, a lot of sweet and extremely heartwarming. This was my November #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
keys_on_fire I have the first book in This series on my December TBR, even though it‘s not a Christmas pick. Fellow #wintergames teammate here! 10mo
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Seeking_Serenity
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4.5⭐ This one was better than the first one. I liked the characters more and I liked the whole story and plot more.

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xicanti
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I played a bunch of Candy Crush while I listened to all of THE BOOK OF FORGIVING by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu and the beginning of the tagged book. I was a little dismayed to learn my narrator nemesis, Emily Woo Zeller, performs it, but her volume modulation isn‘t TOO bad so far.

Oh, and I‘m now at 4:34 for the Readathon. Time for another comic, I think. #deweyoct #readathon

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Beachbum
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Started reading “The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang and I love it.About a Vietnamese gentleman who is autistic that is getting set up by his mother so desperate for him to have a girlfriend.Its romantic and sweet.It‘s the 1st time I‘ve read a book by Helen Hoang.I‘m looking forward to reading other books by her.I believe the others are related but are not a series to be read in order.anyone know for sure? #romancebooks #autisticstory #helenhoang

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everlocalwest
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Why did I wait so long to read this?! I was so into it and rooting for Khai and Esme so hard that I felt it viscerally. I am so excited for Quan's book!

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BiblioLitten
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I still can‘t stop ‘thinking‘ about my last wild ride of a book, I‘m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. I figured my #currentread would help.

#angsttoromance

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La_Cori
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Good morning, Littens!! For once, I'm not late.. i can take my time for breakfast and I'm re-reading The Bride Test 💕
Have a nice day & a great week! 💪🌞🌻

IuliaC Good morning! Have a wonderful week! 🌞 13mo
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DuchessMerry
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Mehso-so

Esme & Khai
While I loved The Kiss Quotient this one fell a bit flat for me. It felt forced which makes me sad. I think the ending was rushed and didn‘t feel true to the characters

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DuchessMerry
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Happy people don‘t wear all black.

So simple if only it were true

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Cinfhen
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Well this was just deliciously delightful 🥰Sure there were a few plot holes, and yes my eyes rolled a tiny bit….but I was still smitten by the story of Khai & Esme. Helen Hoang writes wonderfully seductive contemporary romance novels, with a focus on both Asian characters and those who are on the spectrum. Like her previous book, The Kiss Quotient, the sex was steamy and the drama minimal. A perfect summer listen ♥️🎧Loved the narration ❣️

britt_brooke Love this series. 💚 The 3rd book is out next month: 1y
Cinfhen Yesssss, I know @britt_brooke 😍it‘s a #BOTM but I‘m waiting for the audio. I think the narration elevates these books for me🎧💚 1y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I prefer them on audio, too! 1y
Cinfhen #GreatMinds 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️ @britt_brooke xx 1y
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Cinfhen
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I have at least 6 #NetGalley #ARCs due the first week of August and what do I do for my next read…choose a rom/com audio!! And so far, it‘s delightful ❣️❣️❣️🎧 #Hoopla

Cathythoughts Good luck with them all 👍🏻😁 1y
Cinfhen Hahaha, thanks @Cathythoughts I‘ll need lots of luck 🍀 1y
DivineDiana I liked this book. Enjoy! 😘 1y
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Cinfhen I‘m really liking it a lot!!! @DivineDiana 🥰 1y
TrishB Who can ever figure out the reading brain! 1y
Cinfhen Honestly @TrishB and this one is really what my readers brain was craving 😀😋❣️ 1y
TrishB I went to the shop this morning as I needed to buy a card and brought a book (obvs) that I needed to read instantly, got it home and it‘s number 2 in a series, so I‘m now reading number 1 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Hahahaha @TrishB that sounds about right!! 1y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Compared to book 1, The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test was cute, but I didn't love it. In this one, our male MC Khai has autism & is perfectly happy with life as it is. While I liked Esme well enough, the Female MC & love interest, a few points of their relationship didn't sit right with me. It seemed that Khai and Esme didn't truly communicate their feelings or bond over much. The fact that Khai's mother went to Vietnam looking for a woman⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick to marry her son, with no disclosure of his autism or habits, seemed problematic to me. Moving said young lady into the son's home without much disruption or care for HIS desires, also annoying. Add to it that Esme didn't know what Autism is, nor did the MCs actually address it with each other, but it was revealed by other characters, and I'm further annoyed. The end result is OK, but I never felt a true love connection between Khai & Esme ⬇️ 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick more of a mutually beneficial kindness. I appreciate that the female narrator only slightly changed her voice for the men and didn't try to hard for a comically deep voice like many others do. Having read book one, listening to this book, more of the Vietnamese culture felt present, with accents and pronunciations better than my limited understanding would accomplish by reading it. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 1y
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suzie.reads
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I loved The Kiss Quotient and I loved this one too ❤ I really enjoy Hoang's writing and they are very easy reading.

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emmaturi
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I enjoyed this fun book, the second in the series. Khan Diep is happy as he is, but his mother is determined to see him married. While in Vietnam she meets Esme and convinces her to come to the US to see if she can seduce Khai into marrying her. But things don't go as planned.

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Theexplorer
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I‘m also reading this one. It was gifted to me by my girlfriend- I can‘t remember for what occasion. I‘m only a couple of chapters in but I‘m already laughing. It‘s about a young man whose mother decided to bring him a wife from Viêt Nam with no warning because she felt he needed help finding love.

Theexplorer Commenting on my own post, ha! Just finished The Bride Test. It was a light fun read for the most part. I found some parts of it extremely annoying but that‘s mostly because I usually stay away from overly romantic novels. When people are ‘hopelessly‘ in love I start to get irritated so that‘s a me problem. If you‘re looking for a nice romance that includes immigration issues and a character on the autism spectrum this one‘s a good read. (edited) 1y
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Wildly_Bookish
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Finished book three for the #readtherainbow challenge! The Bride Test by Helen Hoang for yellow! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Next up!

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DanaManiac
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4.75 ⭐️

I loved this book so much! My roommate recommended it after I gushed over 'The Rosie Project'. This is similar, but MUCH steamier, hehe. I loved Esme's determination and I felt like her reactions and thoughts were totally understandable. Khai frustrated me somewhat. There was one sub plot that I felt was resolved too quickly and neatly, but it's still a good feel good with some pleasant twists and turns along the way.

ScientistSam Kiss Quotient is really good too if you want more Helen Hoang to read! 1y
DanaManiac @ScientistSam Ah, thanks Sam! ☺️ 1y
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sailu112
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I really enjoy Kiss Quotient but had no idea that a sequel existed. Although I didn't really find it as a sequel, this is an enjoyable read. A beautiful, conflicting, romantic read

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K.Wielechowski
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When a wealthy woman offers Esme a trip from Vietnam to California as a “test fiancé” for her son, Esme reluctantly agrees, knowing the money offered would help her family.
Khai doesn‘t do relationships, or feelings, so when his mom tells him about the woman she chose for his bride, he‘s reluctant to obey.
Esme and Khai have instant chemistry but secrets and misunderstandings keep them at arms length.

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Jody3
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I liked both Esme and Khai; they were believable, likable, and I felt for both of them throughout the book. I loved that the surrounding characters were supportive and helped these two along in their journey together.

I found myself laughing out loud and crying at the sweetness of it.

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Shievad
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Enjoyed the book but didn‘t understand why Khai didn‘t think he could find someone when Stella had in the first book. He even went to Stella and Michael‘s wedding in this book. That part was frustrating.

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Jenni3014
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While not quite as steamy as The Kiss Quotient, I absolutely loved Esme. This was a beautiful story about self worth and appreciation. The author‘s note brought such a beautiful sense of closure to this story. I‘m so happy I read it.

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Jenni3014
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About half way through this one and I love that I already feel like I know a few of the characters. Reading from an autistic perspective adds a fascinating element to the story.

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TheLucindaLife
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Read like a fan fic but I wasn‘t complaining. A feel-good, easy read to start out the year.

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Mrs_B
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It got better as it went on.
I was cringing for the first 25%, but enjoyed the ending. Overall I'm glad I persevered, and I did finish it pretty quickly in two days.

It's nice to be back into reading, I've been a bit slow recently.
I finish work on Saturday for a few weeks - looking forward to getting properly stuck into Winter Games!

#wintergames2020 #merryreaders #tbrread @Clwojick +16

Clwojick Way to go! 2y
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Sharanya
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Well...damn. This book totally charmed the pants off me, in spite of myself. Is the premise slightly problematic? Yes. But the characters are so utterly compelling (especially Khai), & Hoang fleshes out their world-views with such empathy & grace that it‘s impossible not to love them & root for a happy ending anyway. Once again I had some minor issues with plot, but otherwise this was a sweet, steamy, addicting read. ★★★★☆.

Freespirit Lovely review💕 2y
Sharanya @Freespirit thank you!! ♥️ 2y
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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | I‘m a little skeptical about the premise of this one (I mean...you can‘t just “surprise” your grown son, who is also autistic, with a fiancée?!) so...we‘ll see.

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⭐⭐⭐ Thank you @Kaylamburson for the recommendation!! Such a fun read. I teared up when Quan was talking about brotherly love. That was THE SWEETEST!! Sort of cringey at moments, but I loved Esme and how her character really changed and grew. Khai was a little slower, but the character development was really something ❤

Kaylamburson I'm so glad you decided to read it and enjoyed it for the most part! Litsy is the best when it comes to recommendations! 2y
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Amor4Libros
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I‘m crying, this was beautiful! 5⭐️ #BOTM

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Auntynanny
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I really loved this book! I'm not usually much for romance novels, but there was so much more to it. A love story between a man with autism and a single mother from Vietnam, living in San Francisco is definitely something I've never read before. It was so good!

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Amor4Libros
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Starting another book that has been sitting on my shelf for too long. #BOTM

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Messiejessie
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This was a cute, quick read, but I didn‘t love it. I read it because I liked The Kiss Quotient, but it didn‘t really compare, unfortunately.

bluestocking.book.nerd I completely agree! This one suffered the sequel curse hard. The MC just was not as likeable. 2y
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dustys_bookshelf
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4/5 if you liked #thekissquotient you‘ll enjoy this one too. I like it when a book can give me something that hasn‘t been done and redone over and over again. Hoang brings something fresh and unique to the romance genre with each of her books

Jody3 Do you have to read The Kiss Quotient first? 2y
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I thought this book was okay, but prefer Hoang‘s other book, The Kiss Quotient. This book is a little too unrealistic for me, with many plot points resolving at once right before the heroine walks down the aisle. But it gets props for being inclusive about autism and grief, and I really like how the main character is really well fleshed out: she has lots of goals and interests besides her romantic side. This book is a steamy, dreamy escape.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Yeah, this confirmed that I don‘t really like traditional romance novels. I had hoped this one might be different, but it just felt like way too much sex. Too much sex and not enough honest communication or real getting to know each other. Neither main character rang true for me. I should have bailed 20 pages in when the guy couldn‘t stop talking about the state of his penis.

Hooked_on_books Beautiful glass pieces 😍 2y
Moonprismpower Hahaha! At least you didn‘t buy it? Looks like a library book. 😂 2y
SW-T Your glass art flowers are lovely 😊 2y
cozypunk Bummer on the book. Thank goodness your lovely glass flowers are a delight! 2y
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watermelontaco13
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3 stars. Liked but didn‘t love. I felt like certain parts seemed to stall. There were also some cringey moments like when Khai refers to his dick as his cock. Now I‘m not a prude by any means but for some reason it just didn‘t flow right with Khai‘s character. The sex scenes were definitely steamy and had me clutching my imaginary pearls. I liked all the characters but really liked Esme. Can‘t wait for the third book which will be about Quan! 😍

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FYI ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rethier1 Great deal for a great book 😊 2y
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Cathy_J
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I listened to the audio book of this fantastic adult romance novel. I really enjoyed it and it even had me tearing up too! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

LatrelWhite I saw this on Bookbub for 1.99 today!!! 2y
Cathy_J @LatrelWhite Brilliant!! 2y
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Skeeterisme
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Delightful

annahenke Loved this one! 2y
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Romancegirl
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This was a very cute book. I still like "The Kiss Quotient" with Stella and Michael more, but this was a great second book! I loved the relationship between Khai and Esme and how their love blossoms over the course of the book. Not much else to say without getting into spoilers other than I hope the third book, if there's a third one, is about Quan finding forever love. I really enjoy his character and hope we get his love story next!

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🎧📖 I was originally turned off this book on account of the title and cover. I thought it was going to be about a woman trying to prove her worth to a man. But it had so much Litsy love (& was on sale), so I gave it a go. Turns out it's more of a Sheldon Cooper-esque love story. Very sweet & cute.

BiblioLitten Did you read the first book? I think the characters are the same but this one isn‘t a sequel. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @BiblioLitten I haven't no. But I'll keep an eye for it. 2y
Jemgirl2014 Quan's story comes out in August. 🙂 2y
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KatDowney I loved this one! 2y
Jemgirl2014 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yeah! Excited! Love this series. 😀 2y
Reggie Dare I say- never judge a book by its cover. Lololol I really liked the first book in this series and haven‘t read this one. Gotta get to it. 2y
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TsundokuAleax
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Khai is super high functioning and has a family who does not get any of it. Poor dude does what he can but no one understands him and it kinda breaks my heart. Esme is brought in by his mom as a possible wife. Esme is the first person to really try to understand or at least accept Khai's boundaries. To see them build their relationship was beautiful and the misunderstanding were so real for the situation
We need more diverse reads like this!