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her personal life and personal life and her mother s personal xperience being an immigrant and coming to American in search a better life I shed so many tears at how beautiful and powerful these final words were and it truly was the cherry on an already amazing ice cream sundae Also much like The Kiss uotient the family in this book is verything uan plays such a major roll in this story and honestly was the shining light for me And I am counting the days until we get his book next But this is a story about loss and love yet also healing and becoming the person you want to be no matter the circumstances We get to
Her Mother S Personal mother s personal being an immigrant and coming to American in search
SEE BOTH KHAI AND ESME DEALING both Khai and Esme dealing their own traumas and healing separately but we also get to see them building something really beautiful together a future where they can be accepted and happy And seeing them realize they were worthy of that love and acceptance all along So damn beautiful My heart works in a different way but it s yours Overall I just love being in Helen Hoang s world From the important lements and themes to the beautiful diversity and inclusion to some of the steamiest and most romantic scenes Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential ever these books are just reallyasy to fall in love with I hope she never stops writing and I hope Berkley signs her for five books after these five because she is a gift to the world Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationContent and trigger warnings for depiction of grief talk of loss of a loved one abandonment and some talk of one s bodybody issues that I think could potentially be a little triggering Buddy read with Kathy from Kathy Trithardt Julianna at Paper Blots reading the romance finalists for the 2019 goodreads choice awardsbitch i am WEAKhelen hoang s writing makes the upstairs and the downstairs damp if u catch my drift ok i ll see myself out my initial reaction after finishing this was to gush about how cute the story is i love love love the diversity of characters and the autism representation i absolutely adore khai with very fibre of my being and seeing him grow was such a rewarding feelingthat being said i couldnt ignore a tiny nagging poke at the back of my brain after taking some time to think about it im not uite sure i adore this as much as i thought i did i still love khai and i think his character is someone who desperately needs to be written in the book world but its how veryone Humanism else acted towards him that i didnt like i felt like they were beingxtremely manipulative when it came to khais feelings and getting him to marry i get that sometimes people need an Smokin' Hot external push to get them out of their heads but i thought the story tried to showcase that manipulation in a positive if not loving way i dunno im kind of conflicted about it might change the rating back to 4 stars if i decide its not as problematic as i currently think it 35 stars He was ignoringveryone including her at this Placing Memory expensive wedding So he could read a novel about alien demon things My soulmateI am going to share this again closer to publication but after myxperience with The Kiss uotient and how it uite literally changed my life I just couldn t wait to read this And I gave a lot of thought to my rating Five stars for a cute smutty romance Really But these books are very special to me and I think deep down they are actually a lot than cute smutty romancesThe Bride Test is about Khai Michael s cousin in The Kiss uotient He is Vietnamese American autistic and believes himself to be incapable of the Lasombra emotions that matter Like grief Or love His overbearing but lovable mother decides to take action and find him a wife from Vi t Nam That s where Esme Tran comes in After getting pregnant young she now desperately tries to support her daughter in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City She s mixed race and has long wanted to go to America to find her father When C Nga offers to pay for her visa and trip to California inxchange for her trying to seduce Khai she takes the opportunity Khai and Esme are fully fleshed out and adorable characters Khai is geeky and obsessive but as we would xpect from an ownvoices author it does not come across in a faux uirky way His struggles and passion for his few interests are so genuine u n is also a real source of hilarity in this book the dynamic between him and Khai makes for some very ntertaining partsOn the surface Hoang has returned once again to sexual and romantic relationships where one character is autistic Khai is not a reincarnation of Stella from The Kiss uotient but is very much his own person and ASD affects him in. Mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect brideAs 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 need. ,
The Bride Test is the second installment in Helen
HOANG S COLLECTION OF ADULT ROMANCE STANDALONES TITLED THEs collection of adult romance standalones titled The uotient As opposed to many other readers I personally Wanton Nights enjoyed The Bride Test much than its predecessor Hoang continues to be inclusive with a high functioning autistic primary character Subtleducation about this amazing population shatters ignorant stereotypes as we witness internal processing growth and love Yes love Doesn t it look and feel different to us all regardless of so called limitations A theme related to immigration in this book shows true limitations and puts things in perspective How did you change your life when you were trapped like this Her history didn t define her Her origins didn t define her At least they shouldn t She could be if she had a chance But people didn t see who she was inside They didn t know And she had no way to show them without an opportunity Well done again Ms Hoang This will be a re read for me for sure Check it outMy favorite uote and sometimes one person could make a world of differenceThank you to the following for permitting me access to a digital review copy DRC of The Bride Test This generosity did not impact my honesty when ratingreviewingSource EdelweissAuthor Helen HoangPublisher Berkley Publishing GroupOn Sale Date May 7 2019Note All uotes were checked against the final published While My Soldier Serves edition A romance with characters thatxpress so much than just physical attraction but also grasps the heart of the reader with the tender motions that are portrayed Once this Ugh No Not for me So many issues so little time I appreciated the author s note at the nd I ll just leave it that I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe exchange for an honest review ARC provided by Berkley inxchange for an honest review It felt too big At the same time it didn t feel like The Fiend Next Door enough The Bride Test is the most anticipated sopho novel from Helen Hoang AKA the goddess who we do not deserve and who gifted us The Kiss uotient And this book is following a couple of characters who we originally met in that debut I didn t love this installment as much as I did The Kiss uotient but I still think that this book is a treasure and that Helen Hoang is a gift to the worldAnd like The Kiss uotient this is an ownvoices novel Helen is Vietnamese and is Autistic And one of my favorite things about this book is seeing the difference of Stella from The Kiss uotient and the main character of this book s Autism I think people just like to group marginalized people together and act like theirxperiences are all the same and this author does such a wonderful job at truly showing the Autism spectrum and how vast it truly is This book has a completely different Autistic main character because veryone s xperiences are different and I truly loved it than I have words to பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் express in this review Khai Vietnamese Autistic Michael s cousin from The Kiss uotient living in California and completely happy being on his ownspecially after losing someone very close to him when he was younger Even though that loss has made him think that he is incapable of love Esme Biracial Vietnamese and white living in Vietnam as a cleaning woman when Khai s mom travels there to try to see if she can find a woman who would be compatible with her son And Esme accepts because she is a single mom living in poverty with her own mother and grandmother and she thinks this is an opportunity to give them and herself a better life Khai s mother promises her a summer in California where she can see if she can make Khai fall in love with her and marry her but if not she will return back to her family But with this set up the power imbalance always is at the forefront I always was uestioning Esme and her feelings because she has so much at stake Also Esme doesn t tell Khai about her daughter for far too long and that also felt The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 extremely bad to me And it s always hard for me to root for a romance that is founded on a power imbalance and then also have it harboring such a big secretspecially after the two individuals are choosing to have sex Now I will say that the author does such an amazing job at putting consent at the forefront of this story constantly yet I still could never find my footing on this shaking ground And because of this I can t give this than four stars I will say that besides always putting consent at the forefront this story has a lot of other amazing A Meditation on Murder elements Like just seeing Esme in a foreign country doing whatever it takes to make a better life for her loved ones and seeing her getting theducation of her dreams I am soft and so happy My favorite part of this book was asi. 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 motions like grief And love He thinks he’s defective His family knows better that his autism means he just processes motions differently When he steadfastly avoids relationships his. ,
Uniue ways Esme must respect his boundaries just as falling for her is a learning xperience for him The way these books bring sexiness to consent and mutual respect is wonderful And HOTBut I said on the surface because there s to this story as well Trust me when I say the author s note is an absolute must read The Bride Test is a sweet cute sexy and funny romance but it is also the story of an uneducated Vietnamese immigrant coming to the United States This aspect is loosely based on Hoang s mother s xperiences and it the tale of
an incredibly woman defying the odds and clawing her wayincredibly brave woman defying the odds and clawing her way from almost nothing Helen Hoang is making important waves one sweet sexy romance novel at a timeBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube ARC provided in xchange for honest review I like Helen Hoang s writing and how she writes romantic stories about different kinds of people I loved loved loved The Kiss uotient and had high hopes for her second novel Overall The Bride Test is fun Hoang is a great storyteller I loved the characters she created here Khai EsmeM were compelling as were their families The sexy parts were sexy There were interesting tensions throughout the novel Esme was a Helen Hoang is becoming such an important part in my own bookish world to me She writes romance stories that matter that have substance value and are a treat to read at the same time This story was such a delight There wasn t one part about this book that I disliked I loved getting to know the characters why they were the way they were and how their circumstances shaped them I couldn t get AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 enough and I never wanted this story tond I m still craving for It was informative because my knowledge on autism is abysmal But whilst I was reading about Khai I was learning about how he views the world and interacts with itEsme is of a mixed background who came to the US from Vietnam and seeing how she The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? embraced and fought through the challenges of being an immigrant was so incredibly admirableAnd then their love story started forming through all this don t get me started It wasverything that it needed to beI so appreciated that their actual Vietnamese names were used how the culture was infused because it brought such authenticity and realness to the story and its characters It was their truthI want of these types of novels More of these types of stories told and Helen Hoang is really setting the standard for thisJust a side note the Author s Note is just as valuable as the actual story I think we tend to skip this a lot but this adds such great insight to why Helen Hoang wrote this book It was moving Look what has arrived on me kindle Guess what I ll be doing at work Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in xchange for an honest reviewThis is one of my favorite books that deals with mental illness To see the others and to here me ramble about my brain watch my video A Brief Trip Inside My Mind Everyone deserved to love and be loved back Everyone Even her Is this what heaven is like For the first time in Checking six months my little shriveled soul got a little less shriveled This book grabbed my heart tied it to a fan and took it for a wild and motional ride that left me feeling tired yet happy So what s this book about The Bride Test follows Esme a Vietnamese young woman who is brought from Vietnam to the United States by a woman who is trying to find a wife for her son Esme only agrees to come because she wants to get a citizenship there so she can properly take care of her daughter and mother She spends her time trying to seduce and flirt with Khai who admently is not having it But bit by bit he starts to fall for her Esme Esme is a biracial WhiteVietnamese woman who lives in Vietnam She is just a simple cleaner who is trying to make The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online ends meet for her and her daughter Jade Until a strange woman gives her aven stranger proposition She wants Esme to come back with her to the United States to marry her son but I ll go into that plotpoint later Now I m not 100% sure that Esme is autistic because it is never Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet explicitly said soven though it is implied Edit It was said that Khai is the one with Autism and somehow I missed that Whoops I m really glad that and books are being published that are breaking down the walls of stigma around autism and mental illness in general Something people can forget is that having Autism doesn t mean your broken it just means your different I have severe ADDADHD but I am as my family has said very smart My brain just works in a different way Autism or not I absolutely loved Esme She was just so bubbly and snarky If anyone was a human incarnation of a sparkler Esme would be itimage rror. S Seducing Khai however doesn’t go as planned Esme’s lessons in love seem to be workingbut only on herself She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affectionWith Esme’s time in the United States dwindling Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along And there’s than one way to love.