Helen Hoang's writing is so authentic, so vulnerable, so gut-wrenchingly personal. It's impossible not to love her characters deeply. Anna is a classical musician who's lost her connection to music. She's been masking the truest parts of herself for so long, she's not even sure who she really is anymore. Quan never struggled with confidence before, but the surgery that saved him from cancer has left him feeling disconnected from his body and extremely vulnerable. What Anna and Quan find with each other is unexpected, but exactly what they both need — true acceptance, respect, and ultimately love. But, this is no fairy tale love story. When Anna's father suffers a devasatating stroke, she's forced into a caregiver role that she is not equipped to handle and spirals into a serious mental health crisis. Quan and Anna's relationship is strained and tested in very real ways, but there's no game-playing, no toxicity. They support each other and actively choose to be together, which makes the ending all the more satisfying. I'm so grateful to Helen Hoang for this story. It ripped my heart out and put it back together again — slowly, painstakingly, somehow bigger and better than before.
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.
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.
"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
"[Hoang is] a consummate wordsmith of soulful romances, with soft, honest-to-goodness love stories paired with euphoric steaminess."—NPR
"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
“Sensitive and sweet, The Heart Principle—a worthy follow-up to Hoang’s 2019 novel The Bride Test— explores a burgeoning romance built on undeniable chemistry.” —TIME
"The Heart Principle is riveting the whole way through, exploring a complex range of subjects in unique and interesting ways."—Associated Press
"The author shows that romance can bloom in unexpected ways and reminds readers that happily-ever-after endings are different for everyone."—Shelf Awareness
“One of her most raw and autobiographical works, as she notes, and it touches on themes of grief and loss as much as the need for unconditional love and romance.”—Book & Film Globe