- File Size: 393 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942874367
- 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: #19,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"There's nothing wrong with being shabby and small. Hobbits are shabby and small and look how badass they are. Plus, second breakfasts for the win"
About a year-ish ago, I read Penny Reid's Truth or Beard, and *unpopular opinion alert* I kind of lowkey hated it. Really not a fan. So basically I wiped my hands of anything Penny Reid and good riddance.
I read Beard Science (cause Cletus, duh), and enjoyed it.
I read Dating-ish (because it was 99 cents on Amazon. Don't judge me), and basically devoured it.
I'm basically Penny Reid trash
Her writing style has come MILES AND KILOMETERS (for me) since Truth or Beard. I found myself laughing more than anything at Kissing Tolstoy because it was SO DAMN FUNNY. Luca and Anna's awesome, sizzling, angsty, wonderful chemistry aside, this was such a fun book. I loved all the little nerdy references, and also Reid's own thoughts on Russian Lit. I am not, nor will I ever be, an aficionado on classic literature, but I have read enough to have my own opinions. I enjoyed this look into Reid's own mind, basically challenging some of my ideas and thoughts I've had about certain Russian characters (coughAnnayouskankcough). Anywho. It's probably pointless at this stage to say I'm going to be binge reading basically everything of Reid's now.
Also, THAT SNEAK PEEK FOR THE NEXT PROFESSOR BOOK OMG I'M GONNA DIE WAITING FOR THE WHOLE THING ARRRGGGHHHHHH
I generally stay away from the Teacher/Student trope because it is so often creepy as hell. Maybe it's because I've never had a single teacher or professor I found remotely hot. Or maybe it's because I dislike huge inequities in power, authority, and age in my HEAs. While Kissing Tolstoy had a 10 year age gap between the characters and, obviously one of the characters was a professor the book didn't have a predator and prey dynamic. (Thank God, because ick.)
By the end of the novella I had no doubt that Luca and Anna would have been perfect for each other no matter what age, job or background they had. If Anna would have been the older professor and Luca the student they still would have worked just as well. They did not work because Luca had some schoolgirl fetish and Anna had a deep seeded need to be dominated in a relationship. They just belonged together because their personalities and passions complemented each other perfectly. Plus, I bet their kids would be seriously beautiful and brilliant.
I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance.
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.