I absolutely adored Hoang’s debut The Kiss Quotient and found myself eager to pick up The Bride Test, which picks up with Khai, a tangential character in The Kiss Quotient who has autism. During a trip to Vietnam, Khai’s mother found Esme, a Vietnamese woman that Khai’s mother asks to come to America to potentially marry her son. Esme leaves her family, including her daughter, for a summer of work, cohabitation, and a glimpse of the American dream in sunny California. I loved reading things from Esme’s point of view and learning about her, but I found Khai to be a bit grating. Luckily, the reader does get brief glimpses at what the future had in store for the main characters in The Kiss Quotient through Khai’s cousin Michael who appears now a
nd again. While I loved Hoang’s debut, I merely liked her follow up. Because I was less interested in one of the main characters (in comparison to liking both in The Kiss Quotient), I was less excited to read the sexy scenes and the romance.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an advance reader’s copy of this book for free from Penguin Random House. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by Penguin Random House.
Publication Date: 7 May 2019 by Berkley. Format: Paperback ARC.