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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Romance

The Bride Test

Repeat author
Helen Hoang is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include The Kiss Quotient and The Heart Principle.

by Helen Hoang

Quick take

Liked The Kiss Quotient? This one's even better.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Happy

    Happy

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_MultipleNarrators

    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LightRead

    Light read

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Buzzy

    Buzzy

Why I love it

Jasmine Guillory
Author, The Proposal

Like so many others, I fell in love with Helen Hoang’s writing while reading her first book, The Kiss Quotient, so I had high hopes for The Bride Test. Well, get excited, because Hoang has done it again! The Bride Test, like its predecessor, will make you blush, think, and smile again and again, as it proves just how complex, insightful, and current a romance novel can be.

Esme is an immigrant from Vietnam, who is desperately trying to build a better life for her young daughter and herself. Khai is a highly successful Californian who believes he’s incapable of feeling love for anyone. As they navigate their uneasy relationship—brought about by Khai’s meddling mother (because, of course)—they slowly begin to know one another, and end up discovering themselves in the process.

Khai and Esme’s deeply personal journeys—and the courage each takes to undergo them—are really the heart of the book. As I read, I found myself thinking hard about the notions we carry about ourselves, and where those ideas come from, and how truthful they are. And on top of all of that, The Bride Test is a hot, swoony love story, and isn’t that what we all want to read at this time of year?

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of The Bride Test.

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9284 ratings
  • 56% Love
  • 37% Like
  • 5% Dislike
  • Navasota, TX

    Absolutely loved this book from the moment I started reading. Couldn’t put it down. Fell in love with the main characters with all their quirks and such. I can’t wait to read the “Kiss Quotient” now!

  • Woodside, NY

    I loved this book through and through! I didn’t realize it was a spin-off to “The Kiss Quotient,” but I liked that we got to explore a new character and be in the same world but with a fresh new story

  • San Lorenzo , CA

    I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a love story that has so many twist and turns. The title leads you to believe it’s all about marriage but with the main character being autistic it becomes complex.

  • Janesville, WI

    I enjoy Helen’s writing so much! I loved that we were in a familiar world but learning about new characters navigating their own relationships. I also liked that we saw both POV’s from Khai and Esme.

  • Huntsville, AL

    While the whole “mail order bride” scenario seemed preposterous, I couldn’t help but buy into it and fall in love with the characters. It was cute, charming, and made me think of love in a new way.

  • Henderson, NV

    I usually don’t read romance, but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! And once I started, I couldn’t stop because it was so sweet and adorable! Helen Hoang is an author on my autobuy list!

  • Virginia Beach, VA

    I am not a romance reader AT ALL, but I took a chance on this book and it’s BEYOND worth it. I laughed. I smiled. I cringed. I loved. You need this in your life! Don’t pass up a chance to fall in love

  • Dallas, TX

    I loved Helen’s first book, The Kiss Quotient, so I was very excited to see another title from her this month! This book, just like her last, I couldn’t put down! Sweet, enticing, and different. Read!

  • Rochester , MN

    Being a hopeless romantic this fit my taste to a T. There‘s times during the book I got frustrated with the 2 characters. But of course like all good romances there’s the happy ending everyone loves!

  • Round Rock, TX

    I loved this! The character perspectives were unique. It was more than just a romance and I love the familial relations in this book. It’s a lighthearted, easy read. It’s also a bit steamy at times.

  • Youngwood, PA

    The story of how hard it is to recognize love when it’s staring you in the face. It had just enough Kiss Quotient Easter eggs to give me closure to that story with new characters to learn and explore!

  • Jacksonville, NC

    The Bride Test was an amazing example of Helen Hoang’s remarkable talent. She put her real life experience with her autism into Khai’s character and gives him a realness I rarely see in characters.

  • Cody, WY

    This book surprised me, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.I read it in two days, and got attached to all of the main characters.One of the better romances I’ve read.Will read more from her

  • Bourbonnais, IL

    Loved the Kiss Quotient and loved the Bride Test. I’ve been reading a lot of romance recently and enjoy when there is more to the book than just the romantic relationship. This book delivered on that.

  • Atlanta, GA

    This was so cute & sexual. For fans of “The Kiss Quotient,” this is a *must.* for anyone looking for more insight into the minds of autistic men & women or the Vietnamese immigrant experience- must!

  • Cabot, AR

    This was such a sweet story, I’m not normally interested in romance books, but I loved her strong female character and how unique their relationship was and how it grew. Loved how she portrayed autism

  • San Jose, CA

    I can’t say for sure if i loved it more than kiss quotient. I loved them both and cannot wait for the next! This one explores deeper topics of choice and self worth and i found that very satisfying!

  • Sunnyside, NY

    Such an adorable book! I couldn’t put it down. Khaki and Esme’s relationship was complicated, heartbreaking and perfect! I loved reading both view points and the struggles each kept to themselves!

  • Brighton , MA

    Romance is not my go to genre but I’m glad I picked up HHs new book. I love how Esme takes control of her life without Khai and works toward her dreams. I was definitely rooting for them. Cute story!

  • Lincoln, ME

    I just love Helen Hoang and her books! They grab me right from the beginning and I blow through them! Love how she sets the stage and can make you fall in love with the characters right from the start

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