Deserves A Billion Stars: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

THE BRIDE TEST

by Helen Hoang
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷
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As of today, I am re-naming Helen Hoang to heart-ripper because that is exactly what she does to me with her books. She rips my heart out and gives me all the feels and then makes me hug her books for 10 solid minutes. I knew after the brilliance that was The Kiss Quotient that the romance world was about to be blessed with an incredibly talented author (umm hello, this blog's name is inspired by this book!), and The Bride Test just further backs that gut instinct. This book was lovely in every way and I can't wait to re-read it over and over again.

The scene stealer of The Bride Test was, without a doubt, Esme. What a brave and beautiful character she was! Her experience of moving to the US, acclimatizing to a world that is completely foreign to her, and thriving through all the obstacles she faced was inspiring. There is a lot of negative media surrounding immigrants these days and a lot of people don't realize how much courage it takes to leave your home and your family in search of a better life. The Bride Test wonderfully highlights that through Esme's story. It's not without its barriers and she goes through periods of loneliness, but she stood tall throughout it all. I have to say, I am very grateful to Esme's story as it made me appreciate the sacrifices my parents made when they moved to my island when they fled the civil war in their country for a better life for their future children. I don't think I had quite given thought to how much of a struggle it must have been for them and I am thankful to Helen and this book for that. It's Esme's kindness and courage that truly shone through this book. I was so proud of her as she strove to work hard while taking classes to learn something new. I just loved her with all my heart.

I was mostly excited to read The Bride Test for Khai. What a sweetheart! Khai is on the autism spectrum and he doesn't have the best social skills. But Khai is smart, loving to those around him he cares for, and is very intuitive. What I really liked about the neurodiversity in this book is that it's different from The Kiss Quotient. Autism is a spectrum and I appreciate that Helen Hoang highlights the shades that autism can take through her book. Khai wasn't the most outwardly romantic person but with Esme, he soon figures out what he likes and doesn't. I was curious to see how the sex scenes would work here due to Khai's aversion to being touched, but they were all lovely and sensual. The romance was very sweet. There was an innocence to it that was just so pure, and the chemistry was so good! I definitely had all the shippy feelings for these two. As with the first book, family plays an important role in The Bride Test. I was especially head over heels in love with Quan, Khai's brother, and omg, I can't wait to have his babies read his book. We also see Michael, my husband, from The Kiss Quotient! I also really loved Khai's mother and how much she cared for her children.

All in all, The Bride Test was emotional and beautiful! Though it's set in the same world as The Kiss Quotient, it manages to stand out because of the lovely characters. Helen Hoang owns me and I am beyond thrilled that she has more book deals with Berkley! We need more of her words!

Have you read The Kiss Quotient? What did you think of it?
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