The Bride Test

The Bride Test

eBook - 2019
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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart... 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Penguin Random House Audio, 2019
ISBN: 9780451490834
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Hoang, Helen
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Mar 17, 2021

Khai's mother has decided that it is time for her son to get married and give her grandchildren, so when she is on a trip to Vietnam and stumbles across My cleaning a restroom, she strikes up a conversation and decides that My is perfect for her son. She invites My to spend the summer with Khai and try to make him fall in love with her. My already has a child but decides to leave her with her mother for the summer, and goes to stay with Khai. As Khai and My learn to navigate through their arrangement, they both get more than they bargained for.

When I first started reading this story, it made me a bit uncomfortable. My was very naive and Khai's only thoughts and feelings seemed to revolve around sex. Even for someone who is autistic, he seemed a bit shallow, but as the story progressed, more of his feelings are shown, especially through his conversations with his brother who supplies some of the reasons for Khai's processes, portraying Khai's autism in a realistic manner. My's growing confidence as she learns more about Khai gradually brings him out of his shell. Overall, this is a sweet romance that tackles some tough issues very gently.

Mar 16, 2021

I've read several authors writing about life as someone who's Asian, and was expecting the same kind of good reading by the ratings. Unfortunately it wasn't at all like the others. Not my cup of tea.

Helen Hoang's romances are SO ADDICTING!
I could not put this book down.

Helen Hoang has a way of writing stories that are erotic and wholesome at the same time.
There is so much love and tenderness amongst not just Esme and Khai, but with their families and friends as well.

The Bride Test is such a fun, heartfelt, funny, and steamy book that emphasizes family and love.

Nov 12, 2020

Recc by Roxanne Gay. Comfort reading. "A romance novel that happens to be about neuroatypical people. This shouldn’t be remarkable but it is. Helen Hoang is a great storyteller. She creates characters with depth. This is such a satisfying read and I love going back to it."

Nov 10, 2020

Ugh. Not for me. I like an occasional romance but this was way to fluffy and unrealistic.
I made it to the end with lots of eye rolls.

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.

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