Review: Kissing Tolstoy

I’ve read books by Penny Reid in the past.  Most notably, her books on the bearded Winston brothers, which I highly recommend if you’ve not read them.  However, I’d not read any of her books outside of that grouping and I wasn’t sure what to expect – I didn’t expect this book!  I loved it!

This book is smart and romantic and not like anything you’ve ever read before.  This is not an erotic, sex-driven book.  So, if that is what you’re looking for, pass it by.  But, if you want to read something that is charming and has smart, witty dialogue then pick this up.

I’ll admit, I had a gift card from Amazon and I bought this book strictly because Penny Reid wrote it.  I knew nothing about it, didn’t even read the details of it.  And I ended up reading it in one sitting.  Took a little over 3.5 hours to read, I just couldn’t put it down.

The story centers on Anna, a college student who has been unlucky in love and has an affinity for Russian Literature.  Actually, she loves to read, but she is drawn to these books for some crazy reason.  She finally decides to reach out to Lucas Kraft, the guy her best friend has been trying to set her up with.  Let’s just say that the email doesn’t go to whom it was intended.  It was going to be a blind date, so she just said she’d be in leather pants.

 

The man who shows up to the restaurant to meet her is dressed in all leather and he is a looker.   She launches in about herself and within a few minutes, he lets her know he’s not who she thinks he is.  He never gets a chance to say his name, she freaks out and walks out on him.

She learns his name a few months later when she walks into her Russian Literature class.  The class everyone tries to get into because the professor is HOT.  He walks in, sexy in a suit and a bowtie, not the leather from the night in the bar, but it’s him:  Professor Luca Kroft.

I won’t give away what happens in the book, the back and forth.  But, it is not like the standard professor/student books you’ve seen in the past.  This book is very smart and extremely well written.  I loved it and was sorry to have it end so soon.  I hope Penny Reid writes more Professor books or at least continues Luca’s story later.

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