Every novel Helen Hoang writes is powerful, but The Heart Principle left me incoherent with emotion. I giggled, sighed, and cried ugly tears throughout. The story of Anna and Quan is all about falling in love, but especially falling in love with yourself. Plus, swoony kisses, motorcycle rides, and a mischievous octopus. Recommended By McKenzie W., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected — and the man she enlists to help her — in this sizzling 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 be perfect in other people's eyes. If Anna ever wants to move forward, she has to learn to listen to her own heart, but that's not easy when her greatest fear has always been disappointing others. Her solution is to create a low-stress environment, with no expectations to fulfill, where she can experiment with being herself and going after what she wants. Translation: Anna is 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, but nothing goes according to plan. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, until it starts to feel like a real relationship. But when her traditional-minded family disapproves of the relationship and the person she's slowly discovering herself to be, Anna must choose between meeting expectations and finding happiness in who she really is.
“Readers shouldn't expect a typical rom-com, but many will still swoon for this sensitive love story.” Publishers Weekly
“A fiercely anticipated third release from the adored author of romances The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test....If Hoang's previous successes prove anything, The Heart Principle will be a joy.” Elle
“There's something about the way that Hoang writes her characters. They're fully fleshed, vulnerable, sexual, and full of potential, and her newest novel proves no different.” Real Simple
About the Author
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And then the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger's syndrome. She currently lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two kids, and a pet fish.