Review: Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

Posted January 25, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid
Kissing Tolstoy
by Penny Reid

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 8 2017
Series: Dear Professor #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 196
Format: eBook
 

“I found that I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did.”
~ Under the Covers

I’m a big Penny Reid fan, so much so that even when she writes New Adult, a genre that I have a very love hate relationship with – as in, I love to hate it – I still pick the book up. Which, is how I found myself reading Kissing Tolstoy. Not only reading it, but reading it with high hopes! But, sadly by the end I found that I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did.

That isn’t to say I didn’t like it, I did, Kissing Tolstoy had Reid’s signature quirky heroine and a hero that is slightly different and entirely swoon-worthy. It even made me want to reach for some Russian literature as Anna and Luca discuss it with an easy and casual intelligence that made the Tolstoy Bricks in my library seem like the latest issue of Vogue. Which makes sense as Luca is a Russian Lit professor and Anna, his student, is a Russian Lit aficionado.

But, as much as I loved being in Anna’s head, her smarts and her wit were very entertaining, for some reason I didn’t buy into the romance. Logically I wanted them to get together as they are perfect for one another, in my heart though…I found that I wasn’t that invested. Even though this was a short, novella length book, Luca was so hot and cold and Anna vacillated about him so much…I must try and get through to him! Should I stop trying to get his attention? And so on…and on…and on. I lost interest.

I did like Kissing Tolstoy though, it made me laugh and I really liked Anna’s character, I even enjoyed the discussions about Anna Karenina. However, unlike Reid’s other books, I didn’t fall in love.

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About Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I'm originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family. I work full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. I work a lot. I'm also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-5 and girl-3), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

I don't like to sit still unless I'm writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group... or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I'm trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

I’m sorry this wasn’t a total win for you. I’m a little uncomfortable about the whole student professor thing though.

Timitra
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Thanks Suzanne for the review

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Thanks for review Suzanne, shared on all my socials!

Elizabeth
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The up/down and back/forth of emotions would annoy me.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Ditto! Penny Reid is a favorite author and I felt exactly the same. She is continuing series so keeping open to it but yes couldn’t help compare to awesome knitting in the city and beard series.

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Thanks for the review!

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook
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Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

I’m sorry this wasn’t a total win for you. I’m a little uncomfortable about the whole student professor thing though.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks Suzanne for the review

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Thanks for review Suzanne, shared on all my socials!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The up/down and back/forth of emotions would annoy me.

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Ditto! Penny Reid is a favorite author and I felt exactly the same. She is continuing series so keeping open to it but yes couldn’t help compare to awesome knitting in the city and beard series.

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Thanks for the review!

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I enjoyed this book.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I enjoyed this book.