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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

The Bride Test is book 2 in The Kiss Quotient series. I read these out of order by starting with this book but loved it so much I backtracked to book 1 immediately and loved that one as well. These can be read as standalone novels if you choose to. This series is a diverse read and makes me happy sigh because I finally get books with Vietnamese characters and they're done right, it's not just sterotypes like I've seen a ton in other novels. We also have lead characters with autism or Asperger's which I don't think I've ever seen in other books I've read. This romance is an emotional read and one you will fall in love with.

Our leading lady, Mỹ (aka Esme) works as a maid in Vietnam when she's approached by a woman in the bathroom she's cleaning. The woman wants Mỹ to go to America and have a relationship with her son and if it doesn't work out she can go back to Vietnam and think of the time as a vacation. What Mỹ doesn't know is that the woman's son, Khai Diep has autism and his brain works a bit differently. Khai initially was not too happy about the situation but wants to make his mother happy so he picks Esme up at the airport and takes her back to his home. It's a bit rocky at the beginning but our duo get into a good rhythm when they start to understand one another. Esme learns a bit of the things that triggers Khai like strong smells, unexpected touches, etc. Feelings do start to grow for one another as the story progresses but I was worried it might not be fast enough before the time ran out.

The Bride Test is romance done right and you'll fall in love with the story. I loved both of the main characters and the fact that there is a bit of actual Vietnamese mixed into the dialogue. My husband is Vietnamese so I know a bit of the language and how to pronounce it and I was amused since Mỹ is part of my Vietnamese name. All in all, this is a great read that you'll want to grab if you're in a diverse contemporary romance mood.

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