ARC Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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ARC Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test
Book Info

Released: May 7th 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Kiss Quotient #2
Pages: 320

Recommended Read!

“I was hooked, line and sinker.”
~ Under the Covers

If anyone had any doubts that Helen Hoang is here to stay, this book will put all that to rest.  I really enjoyed THE KISS QUOTIENT when it debuted last year.  The story and characters were a breath of fresh air.  So I was extremely excited to read THE BRIDE TEST and let me be completely honest.  I had high expectations. I knew that was wrong of me because I can’t imagine the pressure the author must’ve felt writing this book after the massive success of her debut.  But there I was.

Khai captured my heart from the very first page.  As a teenager going through the loss of his cousin and best friend, struggling with his emotions, I couldn’t help but want to understand him.  As this book progressed, I think it did that beautifully.  I was on this emotional rollercoaster with him, trying to navigate his feelings and understand his reasons.  Getting to know him was especially beautiful and I think the great thing about Ms. Hoang’s writing is that it draws you in along with the characters.  I was as captivated by him as Esme was.

But I also found Esme incredibly interesting and complex.  I couldn’t see this book with a different heroine.  She’s strong and determined in so many ways.  It was that strength that kept me rooting for her.  From the moment we met her scrubbing toilets in Vietnam all the way through seeing her stand up for herself in America.  And the next time I think of something bad, I’ll definitely strive to be like her and remember that in my next life I’ll come back as a catfish.

THE BRIDE TEST is simply magical.  It was funny and endearing, thought-provoking in dealing with serious issues but also sweet and romantic in a very different way than the first book.  Plain and simple, this book was so addictive I didn’t want to put it down.  Yes, I will go as far as saying I loved this one more than the first.  Ms. Hoang did this story justice.  The right pacing, the perfect chemistry, multi-dimensional characters.  I was hooked, line and sinker.  I can’t wait for more.

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About Helen Hoang

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, which comes out in June 2018 with Berkley.

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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  1. Great review. I was reluctant to read this because of the similarities to the kiss quotient though.

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