It’s high time for Stella Lane to settle down and find a husband – or so her mother tells her. This is no easy task for a wealthy, successful woman like Stella, who also happens to have Asperger’s. Analyzing data is easy; handling the awkwardness of one-on-one dates is hard. To overcome her lack of dating experience, Stella decides to hire a male escort to teach her how to be a good girlfriend.
Faced with mounting bills, Michael decides to use his good looks and charm to make extra cash on the side. He has a very firm no repeat customer policy, but he’s tempted to bend that rule when Stella approaches him with an unconventional proposal.
The more time they spend together, the harder Michael falls for this disarming woman with a beautiful mind, and Stella discovers that love defies logic.
The Kiss Quotient’ is a sweet romance which, refreshingly, stars an academically brilliant 30 year old woman who happens to be on the ASD spectrum and hires a male escort to help her feel more comfortable and confident with sex.
The main characters are likeable and easy to relate to/empathise with. Some of the secondary characters are a real bonus (members of Michael’s family mainly). The story is nicely written and constructed. This is an enjoyable read.
Yet, despite the difficulties of ASD and the family difficulties woven through the tale…..somehow something irked me about the way both Stella and Michael are depicted as so perfect. Not perfect for each other, or perfect personalities as such, but the way they have their difficulties and issues but how Stella in particular is described in a physical sense. Yes, as stated above, it is refreshing to find a romance about someone like Stella – incredibly intelligent and successful yet socially and sexually awkward and uncomfortable – but, give her a less than ‘perfect’ body too? Apparently that’s a step too far – unless her having small breasts is her ‘imperfection’ (though not to Michael)? Perhaps this is something that most will find acceptable, but it niggled at the back of my brain enough to mention in review.
In conclusion though, this novel is a warm and fuzzy romantic comedy that is bound to be well loved. I can certainly see why it’s been picked up for a film.