The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…


The Bride Test

by Helen Hoang

(The Kiss Quotient Series #2)

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang


The Bride Test – Helen Hoang




Helen Hoang’s writing and style is fantastic, and exactly what I love.

While reading TBT, I caught myself smiling many times because the interactions between Khai, his family, and Esme were just too awesome to not be appreciated. The author’s talent for writing great scenes and wonderful dialogues needs to be recognized. I really valued Esme’s quiet but also sassy personality, and how well it worked for Khai. Because he certainly wasn’t the easiest person to get to know, and Esme’s patience and kindness towards him was inspiring. She was a truly kind, hard working and genuinely wonderful person.

Khai, a virgin which made sense knowing how he struggled with physical contact, slowly made progress opening up and getting used to the idea of Esme. And I really enjoyed his straight forwardness, but otherwise he was a more quiet and introvert character, and their relationship much more slower and an almost understated affair.

There were a couple things I didn’t agree with, and Khai’s big hangup at the end was starting to drag on me. I got slightly bored. And I must admit Esme’s time in America went very smoothly, especially her quick and efficient grasp of the english language. In the end Esme and Khai just weren’t THE couple for me.

But all of this doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this novel, it just wasn’t a WOWing kind of book for me.

TBT was a solid performance, with a couple slower parts, but otherwise nothing to sneeze at. The author emphasized the Vietnamese culture much more deeply in this book than in the last. I couldn’t pronounce the names if my life depended on it – lol. But hearing about all the food made me hungry for some egg rolls.

I can’t wait to read her next books. Her unique and fresh voice is filling a niche and I just wish there were more authors like her.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


The Bride Test – Helen Hoang




Khai and Esme stole my heart. Helen Hoang excels at writing romances that are heartfelt, poignant, and so real. The situations and circumstances her characters find themselves in are like a study of the human condition. I must admit, I love that a lot.

Although their uncharacteristic meeting was a bit OTT, I loved how these two related to one another. Khai’s mom cracked me up. Her meddling was priceless.

Here’s what I loved:

The real and honest representation of autism in romance was a great experience. I enjoyed seeing the world through Khai’s eyes. His longing for Esme, but restrictions in how he related to others was very interesting and entertaining.

Esme is sweet, tenacious, and caring.
The social norms and expectations that were presented kept me engaged
The writing is clear, crisp, and conscise.

While I enjoyed this story IMMENSELY, I must admit that Esme constant needs to be something she wasn’t rub me the wrong way. I totally get it. I do! But my personal preference to read heroines who are strong, self assured, and know their self worth are my faves.

Overall, this was a spectacular read!


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The Bride Test – Helen Hoang


The Bride Test - Helen HoangKhai 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.


Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.


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