Not your usual summer read-but what a delightful story! Khai processes emotions differently due to his autism and as such decides he is "defective" and incapable of romantic relationships. His mom, who has more faith in him than he has himself, heads to Vietnam to pick him out a bride the old fashioned way. Enter Esme, who Khai's mom finds cleaning restrooms where they have an instant connection. She agrees to live for one summer no strings attached with Khai in the hopes of finding a better life. Khai agrees to have her to get his mom off his back. Esme must convince Khai he knows how to love before it's too late and she returns to Ho Chi Minh City.— Candie
May 2019 Indie Next List
“This follow-up to The Kiss Quotient is an incredibly diverse and fun story about Khai, Michael’s cousin from the previous novel. He is Vietnamese-American, autistic, and believes himself to be incapable of the emotions that matter. I would recommend this to those who enjoyed The Rosie Effect and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Hoang is making important waves, one sweet, sexy romance novel at a time.”
— Stephanie Csaszar, Books Around the Corner, Gresham, OR
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the pennyΓ but not important emotions, like love. His family knows betterΓ 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 canΓ t turn it down. Seducing Khai, however, doesnΓ t go as planned. SheΓ 's hopelessly smitten with a man whoΓ 's convinced he can never return her affection.