The Bride Test |Book Review

The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang39338454.jpg

Genre: Contemporary / Romance

Page count: 336

Publisher: Corvus

Goodreads synopsis: here 

Release date: 6th June 2019





“Warm. Content. Safe in his arms. Him safe in hers. She hugged him tighter. He was bigger and stronger, but she would protect him with everything she had.”

The Bride Test is a charming, sweet and steamy. I loved everything about this book. It exceeded my expectations. Helen Hoang continues to wow you with her writing, making you beg for more. Seriously I need more books from this author. Please and Thank you.

This story follows two characters. Khai is autistic and has spent his whole life believing he is not capable of feeling love… or anything. Despite his mother’s protests, he has refrained from any kind of relationship. Esme is struggling in Vietnam to support her family. They rely on her and when the opportunity to go to the US is presented, she takes it despite her doubts. She is brave, determined and wants to build a future for her family. She is not just going there for just marriage but for herself too. When Esme comes to live with Khai for the summer, he is not happy with someone in his space, changing not only his routine but things around the house. Esme is driving him crazy and not just with the house but with what she is making him feel. Feelings he is not used to. 

This story and the writing is real and memorable. The characters are flawed, both carry burdens and have their own issues. I really enjoyed Khai’s POV. We had a small glimpse of him in TKQ and I was instantly intrigued by his mysterious character. Learning about his autism was so interesting. One of my favourite things about this book is seeing the difference between Stella, from TKQ and Khai’s Autism. The author demonstrates that autism effects people in different ways and there is not only one kind.

This is not the simple plot of ‘marriage for a green card’. It is so much more. It is about family, loss and healing. I love the diversity in Helen’s books. PLUS the steamy and romantic scenes that will tug at your heart and characters that are so easy to fall in love with. I also loved the humour and the relationship between Khai and his brother Quan. Quan with his sexy tattoos that have me drooling over him… I NEED A STORY PURELY ON QUAN. Also I loved the snippets of Michael and Stella.

The slow burn romance was beautifully developed and their attraction was real and intense. I got so many feels. oh the feels. I couldn’t stop reading this book or thinking about it.  It made me cry,  giggle and swoon. Khai and Esme hold a special place in my heart. 

“My heart works in a different way, but it’s yours.”

Khai is my new husband.

You don’t have to read The Kiss Quotient however I highly recommend it as it is just as exquisite and important as The Bride Test.

                    RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Note: The author’s note was beautiful and heavy. It was really moving and Helen’s personal experience and words were truly important and powerful. I know most of us probably don’t read the author’s notes but I’m so happy I didn’t skip this one because it was amazing.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to review.



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