Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Bride Test By Helen Hoang

Rating: ★★★ | 320 pages | Berkley| Contemporary Romance | 05/07/19 |
For 23-year-old hotel maid, Esme what started out as just another day at work trying to support her mother and young daughter quickly turns into the proposition of a lifetime after a chance encounter with a matchmaking Vietnamese-American businesswoman looking for a bride for her son.

Esme leaves her home country behind and finds herself in close quarters with Khai, a guarded accountant on the autism spectrum. Her bubbly energetic personality is a stark contrast to Khai but if they can make it through the summer, three weddings and the search for Esme's American father ---this former maid might just ace this test and find her own American dream.

I enjoyed how unapologetic steeped in culture this book is. Hoang writes about Vietnamese and Vietmanses-American culture and cuisine in a way that doesn't stop for explanatory commas which makes it feel like you are really peeking into the lives of Khai and his family.

The Bride Test in an evenly paced, by-the-numbers romance that heats up and hits all the marks you want when you throw two total opposites together. There are a handful of silly moments that makes this a satisfying read for contemporary romance fans.


*slight spoilers*
I appreciated that this book 's epilogue had a HEA that wasn't entirely tied up in marriage and children. .Also Virgin Hero Ahoy !



*ARC received from Edelweiss

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