The Kiss Quotient was recommended to me by a friend. Her recommendations are always brilliant, so I was excited to read this and it didn’t disappoint. The story follows Stella, a brilliant econometrician who is also on the autism spectrum. She’s high functioning, so is perfectly able to get through life, however doesn’t always know how to interpret social situations. Her mother wants grandchildren, and Stella doesn’t want to let her down, however, she is yet to have any success in dating, especially when it comes to sex. So, in a hyper-logical kinda way, Stella decides to take matters into her own hands and get some practice, hiring a male escort (Michael) to teach her everything she needs to know. We then follow their unfolding relationship, with scenes from each of their points of view.
I really enjoyed this one and thought the character development was great. I found Stella’s character interesting and refreshing. She’s a strong, independent, intelligent women in most ways, and doesn’t fall into the ‘helpless woman waiting to be rescued by a man’ trope. I empathized with Stella and Michael equally, and the beauty of the plot is that they each have ways to help the other, neither judging in the way the world around them does. They form a strong, reciprocal partnership with room for both of them to shine.
I also really appreciated the author’s note at the end around how high functioning women with Asperger’s often go un-diagnosed because they learn to hide their differences – very thought provoking.
All in all a lovely happily ever after, with compelling main characters, great supporting characters, especially the ones surrounding Michael, and some comedic moments as well. A solid four stars.