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 big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. 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, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
I expected to fall over heels into this story and that’s exactly what happened. I just need ya’ll to know the Helen Hoang is my new romance queen. She mixes romance, easy to love characters, and real life altogether.
Khai stole my heart just like I knew he would. His autism wasn’t the same as Stella’s just as like no two are alike. He didn’t understand his feelings and considered himself to be broken. Reading about Khai coming to terms about finding love and registering that he is capable of love was the best part of 2019 so far me. He’s one of those characters that you want to root for and jump through the pages and comfort.
Esme/ My was relatable from the get go. How many of us thought life would take us one way and ended up somewhere completely different? She ended up being a single mother young in life and was doing what she could for her daughter. She thought that going to America would give them the life she wanted for them. She just didn’t expect to fall in love.
These two weren’t perfect people, but they were perfect for each other. I loved how she wanted Khai’s consent before she did things that would trigger him. How she asked him to show her how he liked things and how he wanted to be touched.
I couldn’t give this one 5 stars because I did have some minor issues with it, but it doesn’t take from my love of this book. Also, I really need a book on Quan next. He really stood out in this novel and I would love to read about him finding love!
All in all, this book was great and I encourage everyone to read it when it comes out! I preordered as soon as I put the book down!