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.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Penguin via NetGalley & Edelweiss+
Genre: Adult Romance
Part 2 yet standalone
My The Bride Test Review . . .
This is a follow up yet a standalone to The Kiss Quotient, and it was fantastic. I LOVED Khai and Esme. They were perfect for one another.
If you've read The Kiss Quotient than you've already briefly met Khai before. However, if this is your first time in this world than you're in for a treat, because Khai is so beautiful. Khai is autistic and has learned to survive and live a certain way and for him he's happy, or he thinks he is. He loves routine and structure.
His mom wants more for Khai so, she searches for the perfect bride for her Khai. When she goes to Vietenam, she was expecting a certain person but that wasn't panning out, until she meets the cleaner at the hotel, and knows she's found Khai's match.
Everyone deserved to love and be loved back. Everyone. Even her.
As Khai's mom convinces Esme to come to America to convince Khai to marry her. It starts a journey for Esme whom has been fighting for everything since she was born. With this potential opportunity she leaps at the chance even though she left her heart at home.
"You're not heavy. You're a tiny human."
With language and culture being an issue she doesn't realize that Khai is different like everyone else. She just likes Khai, which is what they both need. Khai is stunted to matters of the heart, but this is such a beautiful journey to find his way to happiness.
"It's not your fault when I hurt people," Khai said. "It's not yours, either."
I Loved The Kiss Quotient but I think I like the Bride Test even more. There was something so beautiful about Khai and Esme and the evolution of both of them.
" . . . My heart works in a different way, but it's yours. You're my one."
I hope we get Quan's story. I don't know if its a possibility but he's such a huge part of both books and so compassionate and kind, that I would love to see his HEA.
I highly recommend this author and this book.
4.5 Beautiful Thumbs up!