The Bride Test is the companion book to The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang’s super popular, super adorable debut (though both books work as stand alone reads too).
It revolves around Khai, who is Michael’s cousin from The Kiss Quotient, and who is also autistic like Stella, the female lead of TKQ. Though there ends the similarity between both books.
Have you ever read a book which seemingly had it all? In theory – it’s perfection. And yet you couldn’t shake off the feeling that something is just OFF? Even though you cannot put your finger on what exactly is off.
That was The Bride Test for me.
Which is why I feel terrible saying / writing this. Especially because like I said, I cannot put my finger on what exactly is wrong.
It’s the reason why I read this book months back, right when it released, but am only ‘reviewing’ it now, if you can call this a review that is.
Because what was I to say? Guys, it’s a super cute story and I adore the characters, and I know most of you will love it, but I also feel that something is OFF? I couldn’t say that, could I?
And yet.. months later, not any wiser, that’s exactly what I am saying.
This book is perfect in theory. From adorable characters, and a well thought out plot to a satisfying HEA (happily-ever-after) – this one has it all!
Which is why I am sure 99% of you will fall in love with it, much the same way most of you (and me too) fell in love with The Kiss Quotient (the author’s debut book).
Check out The Kiss Quotient – A 5 Star Romance
And if the other 1% who might feel like me, are able to articulate what exactly is off, please tell me too! Because the words escape me, so I don’t know what to say.
But I will say this. Don’t discount the book based on this non-review. Because there is a lot going for this story.
It’s a sweet, funny, heartwarming romance, while also being the story of an incredibly brave woman defying the odds and clawing her way up from almost nothing.
All in all: I am conflicted on how I feel about this book, but I think if you have enjoyed The Kiss Quotient, you should definitely try this too. I know there are many who have loved this one more than her debut.
As far as I am concerned, I’m looking forward to the author’s next book, which is Michael’s cousin & Khai’s brother Quan’s story, who has appeared in both the books so far.
Because no matter how I felt about The Bride Test, I want to support the author, as I really appreciate her bringing more diversity to the genre, by sharing these stories of the people on the autism spectrum, and shining a spotlight on them, without relegating them to being a stereotypical side character.
It’s the reason why I cannot wait to read her next – The Heart Principle, releasing next spring / summer.
Helen Hoang is making important waves, one swoony romance novel at a time, and I am here for it!
But I’d love to hear from you! Have you read any of the author’s books? If not, start with The Kiss Quotient – you’ll love it!
Oh and have you ever read a book that was pretty perfect in theory, and yet you just couldn’t connect with it? Even though it had many elements you love?
Which was that book for you?
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