Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor Series #1)

Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor Series #1)

by Penny Reid

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What do you do when you discover that your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian Lit professor?
You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!

'Kissing Tolstoy' is the first book in the Dear Professor series, is 46k words, and can be read as a standalone. A shorter version of this story (28k words) was entitled 'Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants' and was available via Penny Reid's newsletter for free over the course of 2017.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158915611
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 60,356
File size: 2 MB

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.


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Kissing Tolstoy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had I known Russian literature could be so captivating, I would have read it long ago! How does Penny Reid do it? When will her next Professor book come out? Love all things Penny Reid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Penny Reid is my favorite author, she never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Russian like love! I totally enjoyed the foray into Russian literature and the debates that were briefly constructed. It brought me back to my college intellectual decent into all things Classic. Beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Penny Reid's work. Besides the can't put down funny, quirky, little nerdy, love story; you also learned little something. This time it's Russian literature. I would have never wanted to learn about War and Peace or Anna Karenina if it wasn't for Reid. Who said you can't learn by reading a romance? Who said love stories have nothing to do with learning new things?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I loved this so much. Smart characters, interesting and intelligent banter. Only disappointment is I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have adored Anna & Luca for months and glad to finally get the ending i was hoping for. I love Penny Reid. I savor her words, she always writes heroines like people I really know and would be friends with. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read from my favorite author.
jonessjjones More than 1 year ago
Penny Reid is amazing! Pretty sure I am destined to love everything that Penny Reid writes. Her characters are quirky and fun. Some are a little nerdy and embrace that side of themselves. These are the characters to whom I can relate; these are the characters whom I hope my daughter grows to emulate. I was really reluctant to read a story about a romance between a professor and student, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I should not have been surprised, because I have loved everything I have read by her.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid (Audiobook) Narrated by:Fiona Fisher and Stephen Dexter Series: Dear Professor Volume 1 5 Stars! - Loved this book. So good. Penny Reid’s wit and writing is amazing. I devoured this story and still wish I had more. Characters had great chemistry, was a wonderful slow burn kind of thing. The narration was done well and I am super glad I read this. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
AngyP More than 1 year ago
Kissing Tolstoy is a smart romantic comedy, that not only made me laugh and sigh in love, it also made me think further and google every reference to Russian lit—Wow… Mind Blown!—And I totally loved it. The characters were infuriatingly intelligent with sexy brains, smart mouths, and their romance was forbidden, seductive and beautifully romantic. Leather pants. Bowties. Stern expressions. All things that shouldn’t be attractive, but were damn sexy on Luca Kroft. Kissing Tolstoy features the story of Anna and Luca. Anna is looking for her perfect kind of nice and an honest typo in an email leads her to find exactly what she is looking for…. In her Russian Lit teacher. The sexiest and smartest—maybe in the contrary order, because his brain was sexier than his body—professor Luca Kroft. Hence, forbidden romance. Luca’s external hotness played second fiddle to the sexiness of his brain. Ohhhhh I love a forbidden romance. I love the sexual tension, the sneaky encounters, the stolen kisses. I love the climax of the moment when they finally can be together and not to worry about loving each other so much. And all this and more is in Kissing Tolstoy. What did I like the most? The constant reference to War & Peace by Tolstoy *sigh* It was enlightening to read their discussions about how they saw the characters, and the story and how they agreed to disagree. All in all, Kissing Tolstoy was awesome!! 100% recommended.
ElJayMills More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. But why wouldn't I when I thoroughly enjoy all of Penny Reid's books??? But Luca's still holding out on Anna - not cool.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
Kissing Tolstoy is a fun, clever, and satisfying read. 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.