The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

the bride test by helen hoang

 

synopsis

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. (GoodReads)

review

I really enjoyed Kiss Quotient, but I enjoyed Bride Test anymore.  I think part of that was because I knew what to expect. Khai much like Stella from The Kiss Quotient is on the Autism Spectrum, Esme is from Vietnam, these two things make what would normally be silly miscommunication a lot more believable.  Esme thinks Khai wants her to be someone else, and Khai, well Khai doesn’t think he can love anyone.


This book was very funny, and seeing Khai release his feelings for Esme was adorable.  My favorite thing was seeing Esme’s growth. Seeing her become the woman she wanted to be all along, all on her own was wonderful.  This book wasn’t as steamy as the Kiss Quotient by the characters were just as heartwarming.  


I loved the side characters, especially Quan, which is why I am even more excited for the next book. 

Overall Rating: 5

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