Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Posted May 7, 2019 by Lorna in Reviews / 36 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test

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Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Released on May 7, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

The Kiss Quotient by this author was one of my favorite reads of last year so of course, I was going to read this one. An Asian American man needs a wife so his mother goes to Vietnam to recruit one. A Vietnamese American (mixed heritage) woman in Vietnam cleans bathrooms for a living and tries to support several members of her family in a one room shack. She pretty much jumps at the chance to escape to America to better her and her family’s life. No one tells her that the man is on the autism spectrum and that it’s going to be an uphill battle. And what a delightful battle it was.


Review

Khai was introduced in The Kiss Quotient as the hero of that book’s cousin. He was different and it’s acknowledged that he has Aspergers, a high functioning autistic condition. He’s very good with numbers and is very successful and owns his own accounting business. Even though wealthy, he still lives in a rundown house in an only just okay neighborhood much to his family’s dismay. He doesn’t understand their concern-as long as the house functions for him, then it’s all he needs. Of course, he doesn’t understand social norms at all. He has very little feeling about things, at least he thinks he doesn’t. Things just have to make sense to him like numbers do. He balks at his mother bringing a woman to him, but knows he will have no peace until he lets her. Trial basis only-one summer. Esme is excited about going to America. She pretty much immediately becomes embarrassed about her background though and lies a bit about some major things actually. She takes one look at Khai and pretty much thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. That is, until she really gets to know him and can’t understand what’s up with him. On Khai’s part, he think Esme is beautiful, but has no intention of marrying her or anyone.

On my part, I fell in love with these characters and their story. We get involved in all the problems of Esme trying to navigate America and navigate Khai as well. And we also get inside Khai’s head as he tries and fails to stay away from Esme. Interestingly, the author is also on the autistic spectrum so a lot of this rang true for me, due to the author’s own experiences. I also continued my love for this huge Asian family that I first met in The Kiss Quotient. I liked their interactions and love for one another. Khai’s mother is pretty bossy though. I particularly enjoyed Khai’s brother, Quan. I am hoping for a book for Quan-as he is a sort of womanizer, I would love for him to get his own happily ever after. Michael and Stella from The Kiss Quotient do show up, and I was happy for the updates about them.

The Kiss Quotient won Readers Choice favorite romance last year on Good Reads and I adored it. I think The Bride Test is every bit as good as that one and that’s saying a lot for a second, so anticipated book. It’s definitely a slow burn romance, but I still highly recommend it to only adult romance readers. Such a good read!


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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Melliane
1 year ago

I reall had a nice time with this one as well!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

Wasn’t it great?! Glad you enjoyed it too.

Cynthia
1 year ago

Great review and I just signed up for the Audible Romance package and added both to my library. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Cynthia

Thank you! I love the romance package-I actually have a hard time with using my credits now because there’s so many on there.

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

I can’t wait to pick this one up! Khai sounds wonderful!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

I know you will enjoy it!

Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

I’ve seen this reviewed quite a bit lately Lorna, nice review!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, I think everyone that loved The Kiss Quotient wanted to read this one as well. And Thanks!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I loved this one too. Wonderful review! I think this one is a runaway hit!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Yes, definitely a bestseller! Thanks 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Great review!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Thank you!

Tracy Terry
1 year ago

Love the cover and the characters sound like I could really invest in them.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Tracy Terry

The characters are the best!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Ah man! I need to get busy and read this series. Glad it met your expectations and gave you a fab story, Lorna!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh, you have to read these. They are both so very good!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

YES..I am so happy to see that you fell in love with these characters and their story.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

I did fall in love with both books-all of it. Thanks

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I loved this story so much! 5 Stars for me also! Great Review Lorna 🙂

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Thank you! It was certainly an easy story to love!

Steph
1 year ago

This sounds great and like an opportunity to help understand what life is like for people on the spectrum. That is always a helpful thing.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Steph

It was pretty great!

Sam@WLABB
1 year ago

Helen Hoang knows how to write a romance I can love. I enjoyed every second of this one. From the bride interviews to the epilogue, I had a smile on my face.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

Yes, it made me smile a lot too!

Carole rae
1 year ago

Awwww I think I would love the characters too!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole rae

The characters were extra lovable for sure!

Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

Love your review! I thought this was pretty wonderful too!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Thank you! I hope she writes another in this world.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

I’ve seen so many bloggers appreciating the first book so it’s great to know that the second is just as rewarding. Another series I need to make time for ‘soon’!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

I hope you do. They are both so worth the read!

Lover Of Romance
1 year ago

Lovely review you have here darling and I am so happy to see that you loved it as much as I did!! I think its just as good as book one, but a whole different set up. And seeing this family on a deeper level is fun too.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago

Yes, definitely as good as book one, I agree. Pretty rare for such a big bestseller! Thanks!

Lola
1 year ago

This one sounds good with how he is autistic and doens’t want to marry anyone and her trying to find her way in America and getting to know him. The characters sound great to read about.

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

It was so enjoyable. Now I want to listen to it as it’s part of the Romance Package on Audible.

Naomi Hop
1 year ago

Argh! I love a good slow burn read! I think I need to try this one Lorna!

Lorna
Lorna
1 year ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

If you have the romance package on Audible this is on there. At least it was the last time I looked. I didn’t listen so I don’t know how good it was though.