Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Paradise Diaries, #1
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Date: June 24, 2012
Source: For Review
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.
Dante’s Girl was a cute, fun summer read. Whenever you have a heroine traveling to another country, you know you’re in for love and adventure and Dante’s Girl was no exception. The circumstances of how Reece wound up in Caberra are odd at best, but it definitely made for a more interesting story line.
Caberra was awesome, and since Dante is such a high profile person in the country, his glitzy world really added a unique element to the story and made it the perfect backdrop for a summer romance. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dante and Reece together, their relationship felt like a summer romance and I didn’t feel the progression to a loving, serious relationship.
The most exciting part of Dante’s Girl was undoubtedly the ending. The plot twist was truly surprising, and while I knew something was going to happen, I really didn’t think it would be something of that magnitude.
Dante’s Girl was dramatic, exciting, and heart-warming. Reece’s crazy summer adventure was a joy to read about. Everything from the romance to the action was well-done. Courntey Cole continues to impress me with her writing and I can’t wait to pick up her next novel.