Wednesday 5 June 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2019 by Corvus (first published May 7th 2019)
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
To review
Contemporary romance

I do think I enjoyed this book even more than the previous one! I do love when that happens. When the books just grow stronger. Which means I can't wait for the next one. Ohh Quan's book, thrilling!

We met Khai in a previous book for a moment, but I would say that this one works perfectly as a stand alone. You do not need to have read it to understand this new one.

Khai has aspergers. And his mum goes to Vietnam to find him a wife *headdesk, mum!* But she means well and se wants him to be happy. And he just kind of goes along with it when his mum tells him look here, you have 3 months with her, marry her or do not marry her.
I loved Khai. Just loved him.

Esme worked cleaning toilets when she met Khai's mum, who saw something in her. And gave her a chance to win his love. She took the chance and ran with it.

Obviously there are hurdles to overcome. He does not do emotions, he does not want to be touched. Things should be as they are. While Esme is forward, sweet and cheerful. And they are exactly perfect for each other.

But this is so much more than two people finding love. She finds her own path, which is more important. She wants to make something of herself, to create a better life for her daughter.

I really enjoyed this book. It felt light and I read it in no time at all.

Sweet, with passion on the side. Fun, with drama thrown in. And most of all, delightful.

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. 


  1. Aww, now I want to read this one! It sounds so sweet!

  2. Great review! This one was so good and yes, I too look forward to another. I love how this author creates stories.

  3. I almost picked this up the other day. Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

  4. Interesting - most people liked this one less. I'm curious because I liked but didn't love the first one.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. So many readers are enjoying her books, I just might pick this one up at the library when I see it because you liked it so much and like the story premise.

  6. That does sound really sweet.

  7. I loved this one, too, and yes, I can't wait for Quan's book! :)

  8. Interesting take on the old matching-making story, I like the sound of this!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. I am curious about this. Mhmmm :D

  10. I like that this one is as strong as the first and has the connection, but yet could be read standalone if the library waiting list has this one first. :)

  11. I keep hearing great things about this. I really should give it a try.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart



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