[Review]: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2)
Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

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.divider_line (1)
Review: After reading and obsessing over The Kiss Quotient last year, I was so excited when I heard Khai was getting his own story! This story definitely hit a deeper level than Stella and Michael’s did. While their romance was a mix of cute and sexy, I’d say Esme and Khai’s is more heartwearming and emotional. This book will hit you in the feels, gut you at certain points, and make you swoon all over.

Things I loved?

-Esme was a total ball of FIRE. She didn’t take no crap from no one and had so much determination to succeed!
-Autism rep! It was great getting a male protagonist this time and while Stella’s was more physical, Khai’s is deeply rooted in the emotional.
-The whole unrequited love trope. Hurt my soul for majority of the book, but of course there’s a HEA to save the day!
-QUAN. I need his book like NOW.
-Khai is just such a moody teddy bear but he can’t help it and I just love how innocent he is. Guy needs a HUG, but only the tightest squeeze because light touches are a no-go for him.
-This book is a total conversation starter! Single motherhood, poverty, autism, the struggles of moving to a new country…SO MANY THINGS.
-Tons of quietly cute moments and a few super loud ones.

I can’t say I didn’t love anything about this book, but it definitely had a different feel to it than the first. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I fell for it in a completely different way. I was really rooting for Esme, but I also loved the sweet torture of the slow burn relationship between her and Khai. If you’re going into this book looking for total steamy scenes, that’s not what you’re getting here. It’s just about a guy who doesn’t think he can feel and a woman who makes him feel alive. All I can say is: prepare to FEEL because Helen has done it again!

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