I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
Also in this series: The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test
Series: The Kiss Quotient #3
Published by Berkley on August 31, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She's going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.
That's where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex - he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna's family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.
The Heart Principle is the latest release in the Kiss Quotient series by this author, and probably one of the most anticipated releases of the year for romance. This book has been so on the waiting list for so many of us romance readers, there were some delays to the book being release (definitely understable) and I was thrilled when I was offered a copy with Berkley. But even though it saddens my heart, I couldn’t give this book more than a three-star rating. This book just wasn’t for me, and it probably is because this book is NOT a romance, it’s women’s fiction. I feel like this factor isn’t quite understood and after reading it, I completely understand why it is. Now women’s fiction isn’t really my cup of tea unless I am in the right mood for it which is probably why this didn’t quite work for me the way I expected it to. The story focuses on Anna Sun, who has had some startling revelations about herself, and there are some family issues that can be crippling for her. (please check the triggers for this book before reading it) My heart just broke for Anna, she had so much strength, but she really had to deal with so much. Quan was a delight but sadly his role in the book was the back story and I was sad. I had been looking forward to his book so much and felt like he deserved more attention. While I completely understand the author’s motivations for this story, it just didn’t meet up with my expectations of the story. I wanted to love this one but in the end, it just didn’t work out that way in my reading of it. I am curious if this author will be focusing more on women’s fiction and letting go of writing romance, I dearly hope not, but if she does decide to go down that path, I am not sure if I will continue reading her or will wait until I am more in a women’s fiction mindset. Currently, I just need all the romance (:))
I just know that this story will work for so many readers especially if you have been anticipating it, but this story just wasn’t for me at the time I read it. I know my mood at the time wasn’t right for it, and it evoked certain emotions I wasn’t ready to experience at the time. I truly admire this author, and what she has been dealing with and felt a connection to her in this book but it was a bit of a disappointment after the long wait of it.