Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang @HHoangWrites @BerkleyPub

Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang @HHoangWrites @BerkleyPubThe Bride Test on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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...

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.


The Bride Test is a delightful love story. Hoang once again offers up an amazing hook. I was drawn in and couldn’t put this uplifting book down. Khai and Esme are magical. Getting to know them felt like a privilege. They are awkward and uncertain, and also brave and determined. I absolutely adored them together from the very beginning. Their chemistry was undeniable. I couldn’t get enough of Khai’s family. I feel greedy wanting his brothers’ stories (but I do). The Bride Test feels light-hearted and warm yet delves deep into important issues. The storytelling is thoughtful and I was thoroughly entertained and enlightened. The ending left me with a deep sense of satisfaction.


ABOUT HELEN HOANG

Photography credit: Adam Amengual

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.

Helen is represented by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency.

 

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