An autistic woman hires an escort to help her get better at relationships but they both start developing feelings for one another.
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This romance novel is a bit of a twist on Pretty Woman, with some #ownvoices representation to put more of a spin on the relationship. Stella is a success at work but a failure at relationships; her autism makes it difficult to connect with men and she specifically wants to get better at sex. For that, she decides to hire a professional. Michael immediately knows Stella requires some care, and despite his reservations, he is intrigued, and soon they are both developing feelings.
This was a mostly sweet romance (and VERY steamy–just be aware if that affects your reading decisions). Michael’s caution with Stella drove home the concept of consent. At the same time, there were some conversations that seemed manipulative that took me out of the romance of it.
A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…