Book Review “The Heart Principle” by Helen Hoang

Summary (from

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this heartfelt new romance by USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang.

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 herself has just started to understand. 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.

My thoughts: I joined Book of the Month in February and have really been enjoying all of my picks. I’m also loving the fact that it has opened my eyes to new genres – such as the whole rom com phase that seems to have exploded!

So when I saw “The Heart Principle” pop up as an August selection, I jumped on it. It is the author’s third book in the Kiss Quotient series, but I jumped right in.

I have to admit this rom com was just a huge miss for me. I don’t consider myself a prude but it just had too much sex in it for . . . we get it already. The sexual content didn’t move the storyline forward at all and it just became long and repetitive.

I really enjoyed the two main characters, but in general the storyline plodded along for me, a bit disjointed and stagnant. All of a sudden the last twenty pages or so became feelings, wonderfully mushy, deep, and meaningful – which is frankly what I thought the whole book would be.

Oh well, you win some and you lose some. All in all a miss for me.

And remember,

Books are Life,



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