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The Bride Test

Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

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 important emotions, like love. 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. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection.

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Loved it!

After reading "The Kiss Quotient ", I've been eagerly awaiting the next book... I was hooked from the very first chapter. Loved the writing, the narration... most definitely worth a credit!

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Enjoyable listen

This was a good book, though not as strong as the first book in the series. There were some aspects that frustrated me, but way more that I loved, so it balanced out as 4 stars.

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  • Kelly B.
  • 08-05-19

Wonderful book!!!

I don’t think I can recommend this book enough and the author. It was a wonderful book with just more than romance. The narrator was amazing!!! Highly recommend if you love a good romance book. Almost finished it in one sitting.

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  • KathyNoir
  • 08-05-19

Book heaven

I loved Kiss Quotient and there was a shadow of doubt in me that this book will not be as good. But it was lovely. Fighting for love, fighting with insecurities and demons. But still polite and kind to others. Importance of the family despite how annoying our family members may be. Bravo. Another great book!

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  • N. H.
  • 12-05-19

Volume in narration is the only issue

The Bride Test is the second in The Kiss Quotient series by Helen Hoang. It has very little overlap with the characters from the first book. There are characters who were in The Kiss Quotient as minor characters who are central characters in this one. The main character is Khai, who seen briefly in the first book. The female central character is Esmeralda or Esme, who is brought from Viet Nam as a potential bride for Khai. The cultural differences, even though Khai is of Viet Namese descent, are large and do create some problems. The story is fun at times and also very sad. The Bride Test has a different narrator than The Kiss Quotient and this is where the audiobook loses a star. Emily Woo Zeller speaks softly. But when Quan speaks, the narrator raises her voice. He feels as though he is shouting compared to the rest of the dialogue. I enjoyed The Bride Test, felt the narration could have been better and am looking forward to book 3 in the series.

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  • Salwa H Alqalaf
  • 24-05-19

A spoiler review

I was a Helen Hoang fan after the kiss question and until the half of this one , then I get so angry about that stupid Esméralda , after she gets and understands what Autism means , whay is she still insisted about getting these words, and juan is encouraging her for that ??? , that’s so stupid and shallow, this is torture for an autistic person, what about Action is worth a thousand words.
Still furious

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  • Audiobookhoe
  • 17-05-19

Slow burn but Helens characters are worth it

I won’t lie slow burn annoys the hell outta me. Not saying instalust is my thing either but nothing makes me out a book down faster than knowing the character are gonna take forever to get together. The Bride Test is definitely that, especially vs TKQ where acts moved very fast but I had to say based on the characters, it worked.

Khai was a niche type of hero for me that I’ve come to love and that’s autistic heroes. I love reading about characters on the spectrum and it’s what I loved about Stella in the first book. Both were these equally awkward characters trying to navigate romance and intimacy. Khai was definitely a hero I wasn’t exactly expecting. He and his heroine Esmeralda had a hard time going at this little thing called romance mainly due to problems both of them were dealing in their lives.

Khai had just lost a close relative and in his own way just didn’t want to get attached to another person just to lose them.

Esme was a mixed race Vietnam native that left her daughter, family and home just to marry Khai at a chance at a better life for her and her daughter.

I’ll say this Esme was at least relatable in a way where she was a woman who’d do anything for her child. She used what a country girl like her had and that was her beauty and sexuality. Many women won’t know how to relate to that if you’re from a first world country and you can literally become anything you want to but that wasn’t Esme’s reality and as someone who’s family mirrors similar experiences, I totally related to her as a heroine and as a woman. Sometimes beauty is all you have and you have to make that power work for you. She at least tried to do that but Khai wasn’t exactly the kind of hero that it worked on😆 I felt her frustration tenfold!

They were set to be married and while Khai had no desire to marry her, he was willing to do it to at least help her stay in the country, which was considerate. But I wished she had told him about her child so much earlier. Khai had such a hard time expressing his feelings with her and because she was a foreign born Vietnamese woman, I’m sure she didn’t really understand how to fully care for him being that she was from such a small town. She didn’t question it or research it so I sort of assumed she still didn’t really understand it. That was the difference between her and Michael (the hero from the first book who is actually in this one bc he and Khai are cousins 😍). Michael actually knew ways to make her feel at ease and calm her. I’m sure that would have made the difference with Khai.

Either way I love that they finally ended up together but damn it was really the LAST minute so a part of me was low key pressed about that. I wanted more for these characters but Khai with Jade was just😍👨‍👩‍👧 They were so sweet! I hope Ms. Hoang has more romances in her with dreamy Vietnamese heroes! My wallet is ready to invest on more of her romances!

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  • Deanna
  • 09-05-19

5 stars

Helen Hoang will always be an automatic purchase for me after this book. I loved her first book The Kiss Quotant but I am going to say this book, The Bride Test, may be better.
Emily Woo Zeller did an awesome job narrating, I will be checking out her backlist.
Definitely worth a credit!

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  • thancyi
  • 28-05-19

Pretty good

The story drew me in from the first. I love the characters and concepts, though I have to say, I was getting tired of Esme by the middle. The narrator was excellent though.

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  • EC
  • 15-05-19

Amazing!

I loved this book! Helen so eloquently portrayed the perspective of a hero on the Autism Spectrum, as well as a woman trying to make her way in the world, immigrating to a new country and learning to be strong for herself and her daughter! And the narration was incredible! A new-to-me narrator— she makes the story come alive!

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  • Animus
  • 14-05-19

She's done it again!

I absolutely loved Helen Hoang's first novel The Kiss Quotient and was delighted to see a second audible book by her. I loved the characters and was heartbroken when it was all over. I wanted more! Great narration paired with an engaging story makes for a wonderful audio book.

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  • Bridget pas Jones
  • 11-05-19

Loved it so much

This is a delightful listen! The story is touching, funny, makes you cry. The narrator is exceptional!

I love Helen Hoang's quirky yet relatable characters, and all the things she shows us in her books about being on the spectrum, being an outsider of any kind.

This book deserves all the awards in 2019.

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