In the next book in the Kiss Quotient series, Michael’s aunt has flown to Vietnam to find her younger son, Khai, a bride. Her choice, young My “Esme” Tran, a hotel maid in Ho Chi Mihn. Esme’s mom encourages her to take the chance to go to the US, saying she can use the opportunity to find her father, who was an American. But when Esme arrives, she’s got her work cut out for her if she’s going to woo the Autistic Khai. Every since his cousin’s death Khai has insisted he isn’t capable of love, but when Esme breezes into his life, that might change. With a little encouragement from his family, Khai just might realize he can fall in love after all and that Esme is the answer.

This book was adorable! I got a kick out of Khai’s mom, and I can so see this little Vietnamese woman going overseas to find her son a bride the old fashioned way. The whole family is just too funny!

Esme was a smart and determined. Two qualities I like in characters. She also had a strong sense of her self worth, and wasn’t going to settle for anything less than what she deserved. Another great quality. She also owned her past mistakes and was determined to make things better for her family and herself as a result.

Khai was adorably cute and clueless. His autistic tendencies actually made him endearing. I can relate to him hating people touching his hair. I’ve always had long hair, and in school other kids would be fascinated by it, boys and girls alike for different reasons. And if I didn’t keep it braided or pulled back they’d have a tendency to play with it if they were sitting behind me. Without asking. It drove me crazy! I could feel them lifting my hair on my scalp, and it was not a pleasant feeling.

Then there is his older brother. Quan is such a good big brother. He was willing to do whatever it took to knock some sense into Khai because he knew Khai was in love and wanted him to be happy. Also, slipping him the condom and that hilariously awkward sex talk where he brings in Michael for advice because he’s “a professional” had me laughing out loud so hard! I can’t wait for his book!

I love this family! In a way, it reminds me of my own. My mom is one of fourteen (yes, you read that right) and I have a LOT of cousins. And family get togethers are just like these guys. However, like my own family, I’m starting to need a family tree to keep track of all the cousins.

Quan is up next with a what’s been described as a reverse Sabrina. I love that movie (the Harrison Ford version, obviously) and I can’t wait to meet Quan’s David and Linus to his Sabrina.

I give this one Four Lightsabers.

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