I was so happy to finally be able to one-click Kissing Galileo released in its entirety - I've been scrolling past all of the newsletter instalments and any spoilers, determined to wait until it was released in full (so glad I did).
I love quirky characters, and Penny Reid always delivers with the quirk factor. Victor was super smart, very awkward at times and very blunt. That overwhelming honesty he possessed was often to the detriment of conversations and his social relationships (what social relationships???). What was unexpected was the other issues he also had - how it affected his sense of self, his ability to interact and develop meaningful relationships.
Emily was a great character - she was also super smart which meant there was some great banter between these 2, she refused to be cowed by his wit and sarcasm in their professor/student interactions. Thank goodness it was dual POV, so some of Victor's thought processes were exposed, and I wasn't left as frustrated as poor Emily wondering what was going on. Kissing Galileo was worth the wait.
Book 2 in the professor series sees Penny Reid address another sensitive issue within the framework of a beautiful love story. (Add injections of Reidisms throughout for us to ponder or have a hearty laugh over and there you have it.)
Dr Victor Hanover is very much attracted to Emily Von, but he is her research methods professor. As a person, he is a little tortured and insecure, but has a great mind and a sharp sense of humour. He makes a fabulous hero, if an unconventional one. Emily is fun, intelligent and simply gorgeous. She finds Victor very attractive, too and is equally a fabulous heroine. Penny has drawn these two characters so appealingly and their 'meeting of minds' is delectable. Their romance becomes a lovely combination of mutual admiration and powerful desire. A shortish read, but a highly entertaining, moving and clever narrative.
I enjoyed this Penny Reid novel, perhaps not quite as much as some of her others but I think mainly that's because the issues that arise are a bit close to home. Obviously Penny has been researched the subject well and others also have some conflicting emotions arising from weight loss that you feel are perhaps weird and unjustified in a way. There are so many positive mental and physical results, kudos to you Penny for fleshing out the 'other' feelings. I thought it was just me
I liked the hero’s character - that his issues were unique and how it was dealt with. It was interesting. What happened between the hero and heroine was sometimes frustrating but it made sense. Overall a good read.
I've been reading this in the monthly installments of Penny's newsletter but I am SO HAPPY to finally read the whole thing. I love it! Penny has done such a good job with Victor's character, I just want more of him.