As soon as a finished The Kiss Quotient I had to go and see what other books Helen Hoang had published. I was so excited to see she had come out with The Bride Test, this time following the story of Khai, who we all met in The Kiss Quotient (well, those of us who have read it anyway).
After I received the book, I thought, am I going to absolutely inhale this the same way I inhaled TKQ? Is it going to live up to the hype and expectations of TKQ? Am I going to be totally engrossed in the story and laughing at the funny/cute moments and giggling at all the sexy ones? The answer to all of those is YES YES YES YES AND YES!!
I absolutely adores The Bride Test, just as much as TKQ, if not more. And since i read it in one sitting that’s saying something. I love how while we have a crossover of the characters from TKQ into The Bride Test, the book could completely stand on it’s own.
I adore Khai! He makes my heart happy. He’s sweet, kind and a little lost sometimes (aren’t we all) but I think that’s what makes him such a great characters, he does things his own way. I loved when Esme offered to cut his hair, and he told her he was autistic (again, same as TKQ, i was so into everything else I sometimes forgot for a little while that that was the case) and the way he preferred to be touched, and why. And Esme just kind of looked at him, having no idea what autistic meant, and was like…okay!!
Now. Esme. Absolutely love her! She’s just wholesome, a little flirty and how she wants to do the best thing for her family, especially her daughter, even if that means flying to another country to marry a man she’s never met. I also loved that when Khai couldn’t tell her he loved her, she decided that she would find a way to support her family and bring them to America on her own. YAASS GIRL!!.
Esme and Khai are completely different, and yet while he was against all of it at first, and she was trying her hardest, they switched around and she decided to do it all on her own, and he finally realised he couldn’t be without her. *cries*
I just can’t get enough of Helen Hoang’s writing and I just want to read her books over and over again.
Helen is definitely one of my favourite new found authors this year and I’m so excited to read her new book she’s working on about Quan!! I can’t wait to see his story and have all of her much loved characters back in between pages.
- A huge thank you to the team at Allen And Unwin for sending me a copy of The Bride Test in exchange for an honest review.
The Bride Test is out now!!
Until next time!
About the book:
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.