- File Size: 395 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: Cipher-Naught (November 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0778GNRP6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penny Reid has done it again. Was there any doubt? Kissing Tolstoy was delightfully brilliant and as usual, smartly written with characters that worm their way into your psyche. Penny Reid is not a typical writer. Not typical is a very, very good thing. This author is smart. VERY smart, which is why it takes me a few days to digest her words. I want to aspire to write a smart review. Alas, I will never be as smart as Penny Reid. It doesn't take away my joy in reading her words.
Anna was a revelation to me. I at first thought she was an immature, overly dramatic engineer major with a love, no, an obsession, of Russian Literature. She was deeper than that, with more spirit than I expected. Plus, she had leather pants. Luca was a rich, strong, tough professor trying to find his own way in the world, while wearing leather pants and riding a motorcycle. He was always professional, but had a dark, passionate under current
Yes. I have read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin and Chekov. I find Russian authors to be bleak, dreary, dark and moody. I always thought that they were misogynistic narcissists. That being said, I enjoyed, so much, Anna and Luca's spirited dialogue, and love of all things Russian.
Kissing Tolstoy proves that brains are sexy. Dorks are sexy. Leather pants and bow ties are VERY sexy. Sometimes all you need are the last two puzzle pieces to complete the jigsaw puzzle. And they're usually the crooked ones.
No one writes funnier dialogue. Or more poetic dialogue. From the brain of Anna: "Ugh. His words landed like a physical blow and the wind was forced from my lungs, leaving me breathless. And wretched. Breathless and wretched, the new fragrance from Calvin Klein."
And the lovely Luca: "Come self-sufficient. Come powerful. Or come weak and uncertain. Just come to me. And stay. Trust that you are precisely the right piece, because you are the missing piece - in my life and of my heart."
Penny Reid writes words full of power. She writes words full of life. She writes words full of humor. She writes words full of sorrow. She writes words full of poetry. She writes nuanced characters that are so very human.
If you are a Penny Reid fan, this wonderfully, poetic little gem of a story will not disappoint you. If you've not read Penny Reid, that is your loss. Read this. After you are done, you will continue to think of her words for days, if not weeks and months, and then I guarantee that you will go and purchase every single thing she's ever written. Your life will be much richer with a little Penny in it.
AND! All proceeds go to Hurricane relief. Because not only is she an amazing writer, she's an amazing human being.
I have actually been reading this story in Penny's newsletters over the course of 2017 one torturous chapter a time, but re-read all of it now in one go as well. There was something oddly pleasing about the torture of reading only one chapter a month, but it was imminently more pleasing to read it all in one go as well. Penny expanded her story a bit in this version and I have to say that the added chapters add a lot to the overall story and I really, really enjoyed Luca's POV.
When I was reading the story in Reid's newsletters, I felt that Luca was not a very nice man, but Luca's POV in the expanded version gave me so much more information about the man that I couldn't help thinking that he is actually a very nice man who did his best to not take advantage of a student of his.
While the newsletter version was all in Anna's head and it was enjoyable as far as I'd rate it 3/5 in my enjoyment scale, Luca's POV simply upped the rating by a full star. That's how much I liked those chapters.
The one con I have with this book ... is that I am not actually a fan of the cover photo. The garish pink simply doesn't do anything to me but make me turn my head away. Thankfully I have a Paperwhite so all covers are gray.
Anna was funny; Luca was smouldering hot; and the whole lecturer/student tension was beautifully built up by the author. Great slow-burn.
I would have liked this to be a full-length novel, as Luca’s personal history and other matters could have been explored further. Nevertheless, this was a great, quick read with heart-thumping sigh-worthy moments. I recommend it.
I’m very excited to have found an author with great romance and comedy writing talent.
Anna and Luca - how I loved your story, and getting Luca's POV in the expanded version was awesome! I have to say that I am very greedy for all of Penny Reid's words, and this book is a lot shorter than her usual work, so at the end all I wanted was more words, more story, more Anna and Luca together! Hopefully we get lots more of them in the future.