The heart principle

Helen Hoang

Book - 2021

"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 greates...t 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Jove/ Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
339 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780593197837
0593197836
9780451490841
0451490843
Main Author
Helen Hoang (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* When a video of violinist Anna Sun goes viral, it catapults her career to new heights—and ratchets up her anxiety. A recent diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder explains a lot, but having the joy stripped away from playing music is taking a toll. If that wasn't enough, her boyfriend decides he might want marriage, but he wants to try an open relationship first. Anna figures that if her boyfriend is dating, she should be as well, so she signs up for dating apps in search of a one-night stand. It doesn't take long for Anna to match with Quan Diep, a tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy who is the polar opposite of her milquetoast boyfriend. But their first date isn't what Anna was expecting. Neither is their second, or their third, and soon enough Anna realizes that Quan is far more than a one-night stand. He's relationship material. Hoang's latest delivers everything her fans have come to expect: thoughtful explorations of neurodiversity, steamy love scenes, and relatable characters. The first-person narration adds a feeling of intimacy and immediacy to the story. Readers will be delighted that Quan has met his match; this is also a good pick for fans of Talia Hibbert. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ever since concert violinist Anna Sun went viral on social media and became an overnight star, she's been musically stuck and is unable to play past a particularly difficult section in a piece of music written specially for her. Anna's relationship is also stuck, until her boyfriend tells her he wants an open relationship. Anna is shocked but decides to try out a hookup app, looking for one-night stands only, no feelings. When Quan Diep, the recently cancer-free and newly minted CEO of an up-and-coming fashion company, responds to Anna's profile, they fail to keep to their agreed-upon one night. Instead, their steady stream of text messages, late-night documentary screenings, and motorcycle rides slowly build a real partnership. When Anna's father suffers a sudden, devastating stroke, she's compelled to take on his care; this, combined with her professional stasis and recent autism diagnosis, makes Anna unsure whether she has the bandwidth to find happiness in a monogamous relationship with Quan. VERDICT Readers of Hoang's other "Kiss Quotient" books may be surprised by this third installment's heavy plot points, which weigh down the narrative. Hoang writes a sparkling romance between Quan and Anna, but this novel is very much about Anna's finding her voice and setting boundaries.—Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

A classical musician struggling with professional burnout, family judgment, and a faithless long-term boyfriend gets her groove back in the beautifully melancholy and meditative latest from Hoang (The Bride Test). Violinist Anna Sun is already in a major professional rut when, instead of the marriage proposal she expects, her parent-approved long-term boyfriend proposes that they experiment with an open relationship. Given what he perceives as Anna's lack of interest in sex, he doesn't expect that the experiment will go both ways. But then Anna meets sexy, tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep. Quan quickly proves that he only looks like a bad boy; he's patient, kind, and supportive as both a friend and sexual partner and, sweetly, brings food for Anna's unwelcoming family when her dad lands in the hospital. Hoang strikes a more somber tone in this outing, giving Anna daunting challenges to overcome, including some serious hang-ups around sex. Readers shouldn't expect a typical rom-com, but many will still swoon for this sensitive love story. Agent: Kim Lionetti, Bookends Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she suddenly loses her ability to play the violin, Anna Sun must learn to listen to her heart and falls in love with a man her parents disapprove of, forcing her to choose between meeting expectations and finding happiness in who she really is.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"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. Themore 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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this new New York Times bestselling romance by 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.