Title: Dante’s Girl (Paradise Diaries #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Release Date: June 24, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: Loved this from beginning to end, I couldn’t stop reading it!
About the Book: I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring.
Until this year.
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:
1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference?
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.
My heart just might be crazy.
I was blown away at how much I love and adore this book. Dante’s Girl has humor, romance, a couple crazy, intense moments, and a bunch of swoony ones too. My head was still reeling from the sheer awesomeness of this book after I finished it and I really wished it hadn’t ended. Courtney’s writing is so fun and light-hearted, her characters are beautiful and intriguing, and the scenery she creates is so dreamy and vivid, I really wish Caberra was real so I could visit it!
Reece and Dante meet by sheer chance, and they’re thrown together by a crazy tragedy that forces them to travel to his home country, an island off of Greece, where Reece is basically in paradise! It’s honestly like a scene from a dream – an ordinary girl gets whisked away by handsome stranger and treated to beautiful landscapes and houses, an interesting group of friends, and one heck of a romance. Reece is a pretty hilarious character, your typical teenage girl, who is self-conscious and doesn’t realize how beautiful and awesome she is. She’s also pretty innocent and often says things without thinking first, but in a cute way. I loved some of her expressions and inner monologue sayings, they always made me laugh. Probably the only thing that bugged me about her was how much low self-esteem she had. I mean, I know you don’t think you’re that pretty or not good enough for a Prime Minister’s son, but don’t sell yourself that short now! She was constantly putting herself down and it annoyed me since you know I like the strong, confident type of girl. Also, she was a bit too obsessed with Dante. Yes, it’s hard not to fall for a guy like him, but she came off as borderline crazy-stalker-chick to me at times. All that aside though, I still liked her.
And Dante. Oh, Dante. What can I say about him?! He is quite the perfect guy. He’s so sweet, kind, considerate, and loyal. I don’t know who would’t fall for a guy like him. The dude can make you swoon with just a quick glance in your direction. His obligations to his father and his position does come up and complicates things with Reece, but I liked how they figured things out and their relationship developed at a good pace. Oh, there was this one smexy scene, followed by a comical scene after that that I just adored so much! Loved it!
Dante’s Girl is a very quick read, too, I honestly breezed right through it, and only because I became so engrossed in the story. I was really rooting for Dante and Reece and I loved all the scenes with Dante in it. Sigh…And before you think that it’s just another light, sweet romantic story, which it is in part, you should know that there is quite an interesting sub-plot that I totally didn’t expect and it made me catch my breath and even shocked me to my core there for a minute. And that ending?! Sigh…I really, really enjoyed this book and wanted to go back into this world so much I jumped into the next book, Mia’s Heart right away!