Loved this book! It was cute, romantic, funny, and steamy. The woman love interest had a lot of agency and goals beyond love and that was nice to see. Also loved the exploration of grief here.
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.
“My heart works in a different way, but it‘s yours. You‘re my one.” #TheBrideTest #HelenHoang
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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.
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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!
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
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
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
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 ❣️
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⬇️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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. ★★★★☆.
⭐⭐⭐ 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 ❤
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.
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.
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! 😍
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!