⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (4 Stars)
Helen Hoang writes the sweetest books that still manage to be relevant, modern, and steamy. Truly, it’s a unique talent.
I absolutely loved The Kiss Quotient, so of course, I was super excited to finally read The Bride Test. Even though I enjoyed Helen’s debut book a little bit more, TBT is still an amazing read that manages to be delicate and enticing.
Esme/My is such a perfect heroine. She’s shy and she doubts herself so much, but still, she is so strong and determined. She might not have a lot, but she has respect for who she is and where she came from. She evolves so much throughout the story that in the end, I felt like a proud mother admiring all of her accomplishments.
I loved Khai inner musings, he’s so conflicted he acted like a lost puppy. But I appreciated so much that despite everything he was just so pure. Even when trying to deny Esme he was still helpful and committed. He wanted to have her close and protect her, he just didn’t know how to access those feelings.
Some of my favourite quotes from Khai:
“Her smile widened, and all he could do was stare. Strange, incomprehensible, beautiful woman. She said the funniest things and smiled all the time. His fingers itched to touch that smile”
“Esme facts went in a special place in his mind, never to be forgotten.”
“There were an infinite number of reasons to exist on this earth, but that seemed the most important of them all— making Esme happy.”
However, towards the end, Khai’s conflict got a bit old/repetitive. I’m not a fan when books/movies drag out one conflict until the very very end, and then a big gesture sweeps in a fixes everything. It’s a cop-out, imho. I feel like the story could have been resolved a few chapters prior, and then we would have more time to address other topics like Esme’s dads and Jade.
Overall The Bride Test is a delightful fun read. Can’t wait to read Quan’s book 🙂