Published by Berkley on May 7, 2019
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.
The Bride Test was a fantastic read. I haven’t read the first in the series, but it stands on it’s own as a separate story. Mya is approached in Vietnam to become a possible bride to a woman’s son, a handsome man in America and she is weary of the opportunity but is persuaded to try. Khai is autistic and does not understand his emotions and feelings and their relationship has a rocky start. They’re forced to attend several weddings together and Mya takes a new name – Esme when she travels.
There’s a lot of ups and downs in the book and a lot of sexual tension. The plot itself was kind of crazy and I was curious to see that Esme would fall for Khai even with his strange behaviors. She didn’t understand about his disability, but took everything in stride – I’m sure his good looks helped some. I loved the dynamic of the two characters and everything that happened.
I wasn’t sure that it would end well, but was satisfied with how the author handled everything that happened. I’m excited to read more of the author’s books.
A great story with some interesting characters and some crazy sexual tension and moments.