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The Bride Test

di Helen Hoang

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Serie: The Kiss Quotient (2)

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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart... 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.… (altro)
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This was really hyped on Goodreads and some BookTube channels. Its portrayal of an autistic man was praised. I'm learning more about autism, so I checked it out. The night I read it, I had whipped through boring books and was irritated at having been deprived of a good murder mystery or thriller. So picking up a rom-com paperback and expecting to adore it was a bit much. By page sixty, I was still moody. I sighed at myself and kept reading, wanting to see where the book did lead character-wise. Shortly thereafter, I got up for a drink of water and was shocked to see that not only was I on page two hundred fifty, but a few hours had in fact passed.
I drank water and finished the book.
The cliches are overwhelming in this book. The writing was absorbing and vivid, and the characters were both broad and complex. I was interested to learn how they'd react as the cliches progressed. From page two hundred fifty on, I realized something: Hoang does some of the best show-don't-tell I've seen, and I do not say that lightly. And oh, how I want her to write romantic dramas! Tearjerkers and tragedies could be -wonderful- in her hands. I genuinely got choked up a few times and couldn't even give myself a hard time about it. And here Hoang is writing romantic comedy. There's no way I can ask this without sounding incredibly entitled, but: will the author please me make me cry as a result of novels she writes from now on? Because she'd be amazing at it. Okay, I'm done being entitled. Just felt the overwhelming need to ask that.

Hoang thanks her sensitivity readers before the novel starts, and I nodded a little and planned to research what people thought who knew more about autism than I did, after reading this. I didn't do the research; I was too busy sitting and staring at the cover after finishing the book. It affected me more than I anticipated, even at parts I felt I was being treated like I was stupid as a reader. That happened only a few times.
Rom-coms aren't my thing, but if Hoang writes a romantic drama or tragedy, I will check it out -so- fast. I'll definitely recommend this to anyone who's interested in romances, though. I'm hoping Hoang succeeds in her career and I'm glad I read this. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 24, 2022 |
Esme Tran is just getting by working as a maid in hotel in her native Vietnam when a chance encounter drops the chance of a lifetime in her lap: go to America for the summer and try to convince Khai Diep to marry her. Esme feels obliged to try for the sake of her daughter and the photo of Khai that his mother shows Esme doesn't hurt either. But Khai is on the autism spectrum and he's convinced that love isn't something he can feel and thus refuses to be in a relationship. Can Esme help Khai change his mind or will she return to Vietnam at the end of the summer?

I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel from Helen Hoang, which pleased me as her first novel was solid but a little TOO steamy for me (and as a regular romance reader, that's saying something). Esme and Khai's tale is an excellent romance along with a solid exploration of an immigrant experience for Esme and Khai's struggles with understanding emotions of both others and himself as a result of his autism. Recommended for contemporary romance readers. ( )
  MickyFine | Apr 11, 2022 |
This is the sort of romance that sneaks up on you. Khai and Esme don’t have a traditional courtship, or a traditional sort of love. Esme is brought from Vietnam by Khai's mother to be his bride. Ah, mothers! Khai is on the autism spectrum, sexually and romantically inexperienced, and believes himself incapable of love. There are certainly plenty of bumps along the way, and plenty of sweet moments. This is the perfect read for people who like slow burns and I found the story interesting and engaging from start to finish.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader. ( )
  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
I was surprised how well written a “bride order” ish story line book could be. It seemed the differences between Khai and Esme would be insurmountable, but over the span of the book they just fit together. Not as smutty, but more of a cuter/lighter read. ( )
  sophiakay | Jan 23, 2022 |
There's one thing I hated about this book. She never told him she has a kid. Everyone knew. He found out AFTER he decides he wants to be with her and HE JUST ACCEPTS IT. A kid is no joke and he had trouble adapting to one, ONE, person in his house. I felt like he was cheated. Both her and his mother are horrible people for keeping it from him for so long.
I originally gave it three stars because I loved Kai's character, but as the time passes, I think about the story and I get super mad at the whole kid thing, so, upon seeing this book again on my shelf, I decided to give it the one star I think it deserves. ( )
  Nannus | Jan 17, 2022 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Hoang, HelenAutoreautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
del Rosario, KristinDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Reinhart, ColleenCover designer and artistautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Zeller, Emily WooNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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I'm proud to be yours.

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I still miss you, but especially at weddings.
Love, always.
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San Jose, California

Khai was supposed to be crying.  (Prologue)
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T.P. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Scrubbing toilets wasn't usually this interesting.
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart... 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.

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