The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang || Swooning, laughing, huge alarm bells ringing (& a giveaway!)


Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

Review:

I went into The Kiss Quotient with only the faint knowledge that it’s an incredibly hyped romance novel written by an Asian woman. I did not bother learning anything else about it or reading its synopsis before diving in. With that said, I was very much pleasantly surprised that this book follows the love story between a career-driven, autistic woman working in STEM and an artistic Vietnamese-Swedish love interest working as a male escort. It is also very much worth noting that The Kiss Quotient is #OwnVoices for its Asperger’s Syndrome, biracial, and Vietnamese representation.

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Review || Second Wave Summer, by multiple #romanceclass authors


Title: Second Wave Summer
Author: Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

All roads lead to beachside music festival Summer Crush for another weekend of high waves, rock & roll, and the promise of summer romance.

On any given day, Michael Brian doesn’t need to do much to hit the right notes with a girl, but there’s something about this day—and there’ something about this girl—that’s got him out of tune. (A Taste of Summer, Six de los Reyes)

Indie filmmaker Datu puts on his dusty event videographer hat for Summer Crush. But memories of a love he let slip away resurface from every corner of this surf town. Now what he thought would be an easy job just isn’t so easy anymore. (Rushes, Tara Frejas)

Corporate-highflyer-on-vacation Ringo has a question to which cookie bar boss woman Kris has the answer, if only they’d stop getting in each other’s way. (Ask Me Nicely, Jay E. Tria)

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo


Title: The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

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Review || Chasing Mindy, by Carla de Guzman


Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Jasmine “Mindy” Capras, born right in the middle of eight, equally unique siblings, has been dreaming of exploring Paris on her own. No crazy (but totally well-meaning!) family. No generic tours and boring tour guides. Unfortunately, when Mindy finally gets to go to Paris for a week, her mother insists that she meets up with Javier Tiangco, who happens to be studying in Paris for his MBA. The same Javier her mother, together with Javier’s mother as a faithful accomplice, has been trying to set her up with.

But while Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her siblings are brought up, Javier is taciturn and boring. The two of them spending a week in Paris together? It doesn’t sound like the best idea.

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Review || Start Here anthology from #romanceclass


Title: Start Here
Author: Agay Llanera, Bobbi Moran, Motzie Dapul, Danice Sison, Barbie Barbieto, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Yeyet Soriano, Katt Briones, Brigitte Bautista, Ronald S. Lim
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Anthology
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

There’s a first time for everything. Gate-crashing a K-pop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl you’ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.

Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters – unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether you’re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, there’s a story in here for you.

So, go on.

Turn the page.

Start here.

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Review || The Siren


Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Here’s the thing about Kiera Cass – whom I can really never completely hate, despite my vehement dislike towards all her books – that I just can’t seem to understand: she brings forth a ton of intriguing, refreshingly uncommon plot ideas but ultimately, carelessly rips them apart in favor of an unrealistically instantaneous, illogically all-consuming, hilariously cringe-worthy romance. It happened with her The Selection series, and the same mistake was made here in The Siren.

Supposedly, this standalone fantasy novel tells the tale of sirens, who are bound to serve the Ocean by luring people into watery graves through their singing. In turn, the Ocean is fed and is able to continue sustaining lives. Basically, the justification for this is as follows: sacrifice a few lives in order to sustain the lives of the rest of humanity. I found this tidbit particularly intriguing because it suggests that in the story, the Ocean is a thriving, living being with needs similar to those of people.

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Review || It Only Happens in the Movies (+ giveaway!)


Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe filmmaker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichĂ©s. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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