The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
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.
I think this is the quickest I have ever read one of my BOTM picks! It was in this months box!
This is the second book in The Kiss Quotient series. I loved the first and immediately knew I wanted to read the others. These books just get to me. They spark something in me and I find myself sobbing at the littlest moments. Khai like Stella in the first book has Aspergers Syndrome, a form of Autism. He is very particular about things and although some of these quirks could get annoying after awhile I get it. I’m a little quirky and awkward too and found some similarities with him. But the great thing about this book is it’s not just Khai who takes center stage with his issues, it’s Esme too who is battling being a foreigner in a strange country where she has to learn the language and customs. I fell in love with these two but separately. It wasn’t just about them being a couple! I loved that! So another great romance from Helen Hoang and super excited for the next one!