The Bride Test

The Bride Test

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"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn't experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he processes emotions differently due to being autistic, he concludes that he's defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. So his mother, driven to desperation, takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order 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 to marry an American arises, she leaps at it, thinking that it 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 believes he can never return her affection. Esme must convince Khai that there is more than one way to love. And Khai must figure out the inner workings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451490827
Branch Call Number: F HOA
Characteristics: x, 300 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 27, 2020

Just as in her previous book, "The Kiss Quotient", Hoang does a remarkable job of writing from the viewpoint of someone with Aspergers--this time from a male's perspective. The storyline is good, though heavy on the female empowerment theme, and (just as in the previous book) the author is liberal with personal, erotic details of the couple's intimacy.

JCLAnneG Sep 16, 2020

This is a great book. I usually stay away from romances, but having both the author and the protagonist Khai talk about their Autism/Aspergers - as a fellow Aspie myself I was glad to see this. And the take of the Vietnamese immigrant to CA was perfectly done. I was crying when I closed the book, and very happy for Esme/My.

Sep 15, 2020

Cleaning hotel bathrooms isn't glamorous, but it's just a job for Mý, a single mother in Ho Chi Minh City. When an ex-pat hotel guest suddenly descends upon her and invites her to America to marry her son, Mý is naturally dubious and yet hopeful that this could be an opportunity to improve her life and those of her daughter, mother and grandmother. In San Francisco, Khai has no interest in marrying, despite his mother's intentions. He isn't lonely – just alone – and his orderly life is already just as he wants it. He agrees to tolerate the woman his mother has dragged back from Vietnam for the summer.

I selected this book to fulfill the category "a romance starring a single parent," and it did not disappoint! I like this new trend of "smart" romances, which don't rely on many of the often unbelievable and maddening tropes found traditionally in romance novels. I'd also recommend 'The Kiss Quotient' by the same author.

Jul 14, 2020

“There is no flu going around. It’s the summer.” Escapist literature at its finest.

Apr 27, 2020

I absolutely love the characters Helen Hoang creates. I found myself laughing out loud at times while reading this book. I really enjoy reading about the famiily's culture and their family dynamic. I love that Kai's Autism was written about realistically and with respect, but I also love that his Autistic traits were not just a repeat of Stella's from The Kiss Quotient. Reading about Kai's quest to feel something was very interesting to me. The Kiss Quotient is a hard act to follow, but this book does a great job. I look forward to reading about Quan's story next. Overall, The Bride Test is a steamy, sexy, as well as sweet, read.

Feb 28, 2020

I definitely enjoyed this read. It was exactly what you want in a rom com and it made me laugh out loud. It was a light enjoyable read that you just didn’t want to end. I enjoyed the added plot layers of Khai’s autism (and how he perceived things) and how it was based on Asian culture and family values. I have already put a hold on “The Kiss Quotient” from Helen Hoang and look forward to reading it.

Nov 25, 2019

I read this book through the Choice Read option at KCLS. I didn’t like this book as much as The Kiss Quotient. It could be because I’m not a fan of Esme. She seems unrealistic (yes I know I’m reading a fiction book) and has a split personality with her different decisions. I love Khai Diep and his family. They made me laugh out loud. I can’t wait for the next book to read about Quan’s story.
Some people think that because KD is autist that it’s wrong for his mom to try to control his life. This could be a misunderstanding. Doesn’t matter if you’re autistic or not, Asian parents like to to get into their children’s business, at least mine does.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 13, 2019

The chemistry between Khai and Esme was pretty different to the first book with Stella and Michael. It’s definitely frustrating seeing two characters that should be together not being together or watching them screw it up or delay themselves but that’s also part of the charm of these stories when you’re rooting for them and just hoping they can overcome their differences to get to a level ground. I really enjoyed reading about Esme coming to America and seeing how her day-to-day life differed from Khai’s Americanized lifestyle. As well as the entertaining factor of Khai having a new person in his home and just generally upsetting the perfect balance he had created.

Nov 06, 2019

A fun read. Well written with believable dialogue, likeable characters and a solid plot. Interesting insight into the Vietnamese immigrant experience. Looking forward to Khai's older brother's, Quan's, story.

K_ROK Oct 22, 2019

I preferred the Kiss Quotient to this book, but I am also looking forward to Huang's 3rd installment putting Quan (Khai's older brother) in the spotlight with The Heart Principle. I appreciated the small cameo appearance of Michael in this book and I thought the story was very sweet. A fun light read with likable characters. Esme's character was like a breath of fresh air. Huang has a great voice when it comes to contemporary romance fiction and sucks you into this family's world of complicated love.

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