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More serious, less smutty, equally sweet, compared to The Kiss Quotient.So, mail order bride scenario in romance is not exactly my idea of a good time And neither was a male escort one in The Kiss Quotient But what Helen Hoang undoubtedly has a talent for is creating characters that are kind and empathetic Esme is recruited by Khai s mom to seduce and marry him, so that he finally can have someone to be with He is on the spectrum, and isn t good at relationships, for obvious reasons Now, this can go wrong in many ways, but Khai s mom is super nice and truly believes Esme is the best match for her son Esme isn t exactly a seductress, but a goofy girl with a big heart and some mistakes in her past And Khai believes himself incapable of feeling emotions.I feel like The Bride Test is a weightier,serious work Hoang draws on her parents immigrant past, adding a big dose of realism to this romance, but not exactly going all the way there, it is a smutty romance after all Esme and Khai s personal journeys arereal too, and so are their problems.I liked The Bride Test a lot, and inhaled it in a matter of hours I didn t like it quite as much as The Kiss Quotient, because apparently I like fantasy scenariosthan real ones And I clearly prefer a lot of smut too Esme and Khai s relationship is a steamy one , but I would have preferred it evenso The book has the sexiest haircut scene though It s amazing how arousing a conversation about boundaries and sensory sensitivity can be And when Khai and Quan and Michael are in a different scene together, it s a total riot You are in for a treat.Now,wait for the next Helen Hoang romance I don t know what it is yet, but I hope it s Quan s turn. 5 stars The Bride Test proves that Helen Hoang is not a one hit wonder, ya ll This one was so good Did I love it as much as The Kiss Quotient Not quite, but that was a really tough act to follow Still, it was wonderfully written, delightful, and swoony If you ve read TKQ, you know Khai, who is Michael s cousin His mother is a bit bossy and wants him married She knows how Khai is and knows he will never go after a woman on his own, so she finds the perfect girl for him while visiting VietnamI chose her for you when I went to Vi t Nam You ll like her She s perfect for you, she said I don t You can t I He shook his head What Yeah, Quan said That was my reaction, too She got you a mail order bride from Vietnam, Khai Why do you say it so it sounds so bad She s not a mail order bride I met her in person Esme comes from Vietnam to America for a new life She is strong, brave, and wants better than what she has She s nervous and hopes that Khai will like her She doesn t know english well and it s hard for her to adjust at first Khai doesn t make it easier for her it s not on purpose, it s just his way But no matter how Khai acts, Esme is patient with himHe always expected her to turn him away, but she never did It was a heady thing, her acceptance Khai and Esme living together was something else Khai just doesn t know how to live with a woman And as their relationship progresses, things get really confusing for Khai He doesn t know how to express his feelings and he thinks he can t feel certain emotions, even though its obvious he can and he does Helen Hoang is a gem She s an author who writes what she knows and does it so well I respect her and love her words I love so much that her characters have obstacles to overcome and are flawed They re real and I can appreciate that I don t always want to read a romance with a perfect hero or heroine, that s not real life Hoang seamlessly gives us the best balance of realness mixed in with just a little bit of that fairy tale love story.Khai and Esme completely charmed me Sometimes two people so different can be perfect for one another That is them Khai is autistic, and I loved that he wasn t a carbon copy of Stella He had his issues, but he was so lovable I loved how sweet and determined Esme was She didn t want Khai for his money, she just wanted him Yes, she was fighting for a better life for herself and her daughter, but she grew to truly care for Khai Their romance was a slow burn and it was great watching it growShe didn t need a rich man She just needed someone who was hersThe Bride Test is a book you don t want to miss out on I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I had so many feels And I just want to put it out there, I want a Quan book so badly He was the absolute best in this book This story was all consuming, heartwarming, and the best kind of romance I can t wait for the next book in this series, I ll be reading anything and everything Helen Hoang releasesWarm Content Safe in his arms Him safe in hers She hugged him tighter He was bigger and stronger, but she would protect him with everything she had [Read Kindle] ⚒ The Bride Test ☣ 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 BrideAs 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 AffectionWith Esme S Time In The United States Dwindling, Khai Is Forced To Understand He S Been Wrong All Along And There S Than One Way To Love A romance with characters that express so muchthan just physical attraction, but also grasps the heart of the reader with the tender emotions that are portrayed Once this beauty landed in my hands, I knew that there was no backing down of putting everything to the side and start it That s what Helen Hoang does to you once you get a small glimpse of her writing I remember last year how hesitant I was about reading The Kiss Quotient because of all the hype and love it kept getting When it comes down to novels that are hyped too much, I like to back away from them and maybe read them in a month or so once the hype calms down Thank the heavens I didn t, because I would have never encountered upon Helen s marvelous and unique way of putting so many in depth emotions to the page I would have never gotten to understand, that even individuals whom may be different in some way, socially, physically, emotionally anyway There is still a fighting chance of finding love, cherishing that love, and grasping it for dear life That s what Khai has demonstrated in this compelling romance novel that will have you running fortissues.In my reviews, I really don t like to talk about the story plot of the characters I like to focus on the way the story plot comes to be and how it changes my mind and mood Helen does so by implying this new character, in which we came across in The Kiss Quotient during Stella s and Michael s story Khai That intriguing and mysterious autistic young man, that had picked my interest from that small glimpse we got of him His way of living is structured, has a routine that he follows every single day and should not be tempered with From the point of view of his family such as his mother, brother Quan whom shall be brought up in a moment , and his sister Vy whom shall also be brought up in a moment he is a simple man who enjoys his lifestyle as an accountant, takes his shoes off once he arrives to his two bedroom home and enjoys the feeling of his old carpet against his feet It s the little things that one would not be able to understand why they are so important in which in that unique side of him, his extended family never understands Emotions is something that Helen touches a lot when it comes to Khai He does not come to a realization that, even though he states he cannot comprehend emotions in general anger, happiness, sadness, disappointment, and love he truly is a strong human being whom expresses all those feelings.That s when M , aka Esmeralda, aka Esme comes along A twenty three year old young lady from Vi t Nam whose dreams had to take a pause because life came in the way Supporting her mother, grandmother, a special someone who shall not be named for the sake of spoilers, is what M had been doing before she encountered upon Khai s mother whom was looking for a bride for him She is instantly drawn to M and offers for her to come to the states for the summer and try to seduce her son, Khai M of course has to think about it because she has to support her family But after a very thorough decision, she decides to accept the offer and goes to the states to try and make Khai fall in love with her.At first, meeting Esme with the circumstances he was put in by his mother, is not something Khai is pleased with She moves in with her, but he is also instantly drawn to her natural beauty Her eyes captivate him in the best of ways, making his body react in ways that have never acted before The attraction is there and it s beautiful to read that a gentleman such as Khai, whom does not believe he can ever love anyone, expresses these feelings towards EsmeStrange, incomprehensible, beautiful woman She said the funniest things and smiled all the time His fingers itched to touch that smile, and he sipped away out of self preservationWeeks pass and Esme and Khai learn how to adequately be with each other That does not stop Khai s body from acting in a non gentleman way of course Which I find so endearing to read from the third point of view He knows he cannot deny that attraction, but he also knows that he shouldn t act upon itShe was already a song that payed on endless repeat in his head If he started having sex with her, this thing would escalate into pure addiction, and what the fuck would happen when she left at the end of the summerOnce feelings expand, that s when the struggles begin to form for Khai Things take a turn when Esme comes across wanting to have a life in America, a life in which she can set as an example for her next in kin Her dreams come back to life and want to expand and explore everything that is out there for the world to offer to her, but she knows that if she doesn t fight she will not get far That includes Khai s love towards her as well.Overall, as previously mentioned Helen has created a story that has truly gasped my heart and pierced it with her words It made me cry, made me giggle, and made me swoon over the love and admiration Khai has towards M Stories such as this one are not found very often and that s why they need to be cherished in the best of ways Thank you so much to Berkley for being so generous with this advance copy And as previously mentioned, Quan and Vy better come next Vy s story should be mysterious to read because we really don t know much about her But Quan however sighs he is the rugged brother, with sexy tattoos that will have me drooling over him once Helen writes his story that s IF she does it wink wink Helen Hoang ARC galley kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest reviewFollow Me On Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter my initial reaction after finishing this was to gush about how cute the story is i love, love, love the diversity of characters and the autism representation i absolutely adore khai with every fibre of my being and seeing him grow was such a rewarding feeling.that being said, i couldnt ignore a tiny nagging poke at the back of my brain after taking some time to think about it, im not quite sure i adore this as much as i thought i did i still love khai and i think his character is someone who desperately needs to be written in the book world, but its how everyone else acted towards him that i didnt like i felt like they were being extremely manipulative when it came to khais feelings and getting him to marry i get that sometimes people need an external push to get them out of their heads, but i thought the story tried to showcase that manipulation in a positive, if not loving, way i dunno im kind of conflicted about it might change the rating back to 4 stars if i decide its not as problematic as i currently think it 3.5 stars Helen Hoang is becoming such an important part in my own bookish world to me She writes romance stories that matter, that have substance, value and are a treat to read at the same time This story was such a delight to read There wasn t one part about this book that I disliked I loved the characters and getting to know their backgrounds, why they were the way they were and how their circumstances shaped them I couldn t get enough and I never wanted this story to end I m still craving for .It was informative because my knowledge on autism is abysmal But whilst I was reading about Khai I was learning about how he views the world and interacts with it.Esme is a mixed raced girl who came to the US from Vietnam and seeing how she embraced and fought through the challenges of being an immigrant was so incredibly admirable.And then their love story started forming through all this don t get me started It was everything that it needed to be.I so appreciated that their actual Vietnamese names were used, how the culture was infused because it brought such authenticity and realness to the story and its characters It was their truth.I wantof these types of novels More of these types of stories told and Helen Hoang is really setting the standard for this.Just a side note, the Author s Note is just as valuable as the actual story I think we tend to skip this a lot, but this adds such great insight to why Helen Hoang wrote this book It was moving Look what has arrived on me kindle Guess what I ll be doing at work Helen Hoang has done it again Similarly to The Kiss Quotient, this perfectly balances a mix of charming romance and deeper topics and I loved the heck out of it The only thing that really kept me from giving this a full 5 stars was the weird power imbalance between Khai and Esme I never doubted them or their feelings for each other, but it did just feel a little weird as a reader knowing the stakes and the secrets that were being kept behind the scenes With all that being said I still HIGHLY recommend y all check this out and I cannot wait to read a millionbooks from Helen in the future Ugh No Not for me So many issues, so little timeI appreciated the author s note at the end I ll just leave it that I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.It felt too big At the same time, it didn t feel like enoughThe Bride Test is the most anticipated sopho novel from Helen Hoang, AKA the goddess who we do not deserve and who gifted us The Kiss Quotient And this book is following a couple of characters who we originally met in that debut I didn t love this installment as much as I did The Kiss Quotient, but I still think that this book is a treasure and that Helen Hoang is a gift to the world.And like The Kiss Quotient, this is an ownvoices novel, Helen is Vietnamese and is Autistic And one of my favorite things about this book is seeing the difference of Stella, from The Kiss Quotient, and the main character of this book s Autism I think people just like to group marginalized people together and act like their experiences are all the same, and this author does such a wonderful job at truly showing the Autism spectrum and how vast it truly is This book has a completely different Autistic main character, because everyone s experiences are different, and I truly loved itthan I have words to express in this review Khai Vietnamese, Autistic, Michael s cousin from The Kiss Quotient, living in California, and completely happy being on his own, especially after losing someone very close to him when he was younger Even though that loss has made him think that he is incapable of love Esme Biracial Vietnamese and white , living in Vietnam as a cleaning woman, when Khai s mom travels there to try to see if she can find a woman who would be compatible with her son And Esme accepts because she is a single mom, living in poverty with her own mother and grandmother, and she thinks this is an opportunity to give them and herself a better life Khai s mother promises her a summer in California, where she can see if she can make Khai fall in love with her and marry her, but if not, she will return back to her family But with this set up, the power imbalance always is at the forefront I always was questioning Esme and her feelings, because she has so much at stake Also, Esme doesn t tell Khai about her daughter for far too long, and that also felt extremely bad to me And it s always hard for me to root for a romance that is founded on a power imbalance and then also have it harboring such a big secret, especially after the two individuals are choosing to have sex Now, I will say that the author does such an amazing job at putting consent at the forefront of this story constantly, yet I still could never find my footing on this shaking ground And because of this, I can t give thisthan four stars I will say that, besides always putting consent at the forefront, this story has a lot of other amazing elements Like, just seeing Esme in a foreign country, doing whatever it takes to make a better life for her loved ones, and seeing her getting the education of her dreams, I am soft and so happy My favorite part of this book was easily the acknowledgements, where Helen really shares about her personal life and her mother s personal experience being an immigrant and coming to American in search of a better life I shed so many tears at how beautiful and powerful these final words were, and it truly was the cherry on an already amazing ice cream sundae Also, much like The Kiss Quotient, the family in this book is everything Quan plays such a major roll in this story, and honestly was the shining light for me And I am counting the days until we get his book next But this is a story about loss and love, yet also healing and becoming the person you want to be, no matter the circumstances We get to see both Khai and Esme dealing with their own traumas, and healing separately, but we also get to see them building something really beautiful together a future where they can be accepted and happy And seeing them realize they were worthy of that love and acceptance all along So damn beautifulMy heart works in a different way, but it s yoursOverall, I just love being in Helen Hoang s world From the important elements and themes, to the beautiful diversity and inclusion, to some of the steamiest and most romantic scenes ever, these books are just really easy to fall in love with I hope she never stops writing, and I hope Berkley signs her for fivebooks after these five, because she is a gift to the world Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for depiction of grief, talk of loss of a loved one, abandonment, and some talk of one s body body issues that I think could potentially be a little triggering Buddy read with Kathy from Kathy Trithardt Julianna at Paper Blots The Bride Test is the second installment in Helen Hoang s collection of adult romance standalones titled The Kiss Quotient As opposed to many other readers, I personally enjoyed The Bride Test muchthan its predecessor Hoang continues to be inclusive with a high functioning autistic primary character Subtle education about this amazing population shatters ignorant stereotypes as we witness internal processing, growth, and love Yes, love Doesn t it look and feel different to us all regardless of so called limitations A theme related to immigration in this book shows true limitations and puts things in perspectiveHow did you change your life when you were trapped like this Her history didn t define her Her origins didn t define her At least, they shouldn t She could be , if she had a chance But people didn t see who she was inside They didn t know And she had no way to show them without an opportunityWell done, again, Ms Hoang This will be a re read for me for sure Check it out My favorite quoteand sometimes one person could make a world of difference Thank you to the following for permitting me access to a digital review copy DRC of The Bride Test This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating reviewing.Source Edelweiss Author Helen HoangPublisher Berkley Publishing GroupOn Sale Date May 7, 2019Note All quotes were checked against the final, published edition.