After reading, “The Kiss Quotient”, I knew I wanted to read the rest of the series. “The Bride Test”, was a great follow up from the first book, and I was intrigued to read Khai’s story.
Khai was the kind of man who, was set with his life. Focusing on his work, maintaining his exercise regimen, and going about his daily life, scheduled out to detail, but… his mother had different plans. Right away, Esme was introduced in the beginning and you could see that she was kind of “down on her luck”, trying to get by and support for her family. With Esme going to America, it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up, not only could she possibly marry Khai, but there were other possibilities that Esme wanted to pursue.
I loved reading about Esme and Khai’s relationship especially in the moments where Esme paid attention to specific details about Khai such as, learning that he didn’t like “light/ unexpected touches”, noticing things he does when he was he frustrated, etc. Esme started to pick up on subtle things about Khai that most people wouldn’t have considered. Esme was an attentive, sweet, kind, and happy person whereas Khai was more composed, calm, kept to himself, and was adamant on his lifestyle. Obviously once Esme came into Khai’s life, everything changed for the better and Khai’s originally plan to remain a bachelor slowly dissolved.
One of my favorite thing (among numerous things) about this book/ series is reading about the main characters falling in love with one another, but more importantly the journey of how they get there. From beginning, middle, and end, Esme and Khai were constantly learning new things about one another and like any relationship they learned to communicate their wants, their needs, and their fears to one another.
Once again, just like the first book, this book looked cute, but it still provided the spicy romance we all know and love that Helen creates so beautifully. Reading how passionate Khai and Esme got with each other was fantastic because, you could just feel the fierce passion that Esme and Khai had for one another. Plus, I was genuinely surprised how Khai reacted whenever he was around Esme, like I knew he was physically into her, but when things finally came down to them engaged in adult playtime….. all I gotta say is Khai definitely listened to his instincts and knew EXACTLY what to do.
Overall, this was an endearing, sweet, heartfelt story and I absolutely fell in love with Esme and Khai. This story was more than just about the romance, it was about overcoming obstacles, learning about one’s self, and happiness. I’m sure there are some things I forgot to mention, but overall this book had my attention all the way through, and by the end I was filled with joy. Of course, the epilogue made my heart swoon and it gave a beautiful ending or more like continuation to Esme and Khai’s story.