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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Book review)

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Hello! Todays book review is of the second book in Helen Hoangs series 'The Bride Test'. A lovely sequel after the Kiss Quotient, but completely standalone so you can read the books in any order. There are some slight references to the characters from the first book but they do not make it difficult to follow the book.

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Front cover of The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


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.

𝑀𝓎 𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽𝓉𝓈

I really enjoyed this sequel to The Kiss Quotient. It was not as steamy as the first book but it had its moments!

It was a great story which again included details of characters on the spectrum. Khai was a vulnerable yet solid man who struggled to love deeply, after a trauma when he was young made him believe he could not love anyone. The arrival of Esme turns his carefully ordered life into chaos but rather than run away from the madness he begins to realise that maybe he is not as defective as he once thought.

This story is sweet, funny, romantic and quirky. I loved Esme and her outlook, as well as her quiet determination. Khai is so loveable and his family are great additions to the story.

It was a funny, quirky, happy yet soulful story with lots of humour and joy. Watching Esme attempt to navigate herself in a western world she was completely unaccustomed too was refreshing and charming.

If you like the sound of this one you can buy yourself a copy here using the links below:

I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series - 'The Heart Principle' soon! Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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