Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries, #1)
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Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries #1)

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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...more
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Published June 24th 2012 by Lakehouse Press (first published June 22nd 2012)
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Samantha
I absolutely adored this book! It was an amazing read to add to my summer list! I fell in love with it from the very beginning and I just had to finish it in a few short hours. It swept me away into the world of Dante and Reece and I want to stay on that little island off of Greece forever. This book will have readers swooning within the first few pages when they get a hold of Dante’s wit and Reece’s spitfire attitude!
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It is so cute! It is a collage of pictures that all make you smile a big...more
Heidi

Three and a half stars: A sweet, fun summer romance!

Reece inwardly groans as she stares at her disheveled reflection in the glaring fluorescent lighting of the airport bathroom. She is trying to freshen up after a long leg of flying, before she boards the last plane to London. She is set to spend another boring summer with her father in England. Little does she know, her summer is going to be anything but boring. It all begins when she inadvertently bumps into the most handsome boy she has ever...more
Katie Watkins


For some reason, I was expecting this to be a vampire book, but it wasn't. Dante is basically a prince in his country and when American, Reece, bumps into him at the airport, a connection is formed. She is on her way to visit her dad for the summer in London, but a volcano eruption stops that from happening. So...she ends up in Caberra, at Dante's home.

Likes: I liked watching them fall in love--so complicated and gradual. I also liked knowing that Reece was so normal--thinking things and then s...more
Miriam Mathew
I found the plot a bit incredulous really. It all seemed far-fetched as did the "love" between Dante and Reece felt like. It seems to me that it's more like infatuation which is expected. When a hot guy literally wading through cash, sweeps you of your feets (albeit using a helicopter), takes you all the way to GREECE and his mansion, you tend to develop a tiny little crush on him. That's what I'd do.

But Reece goes a step further and imagines herself in love with Dante, an impossibly perfect an...more
Marie
I LOVED THIS SO FREAKIN' MUCH AND DANTE? OMG! I LOVE YOU!
Katie Stout
More like 2 1/2 stars, but I'll round up. :)


Sometimes, you just need something light and fluffy. Like cotton candy in book form. And that's what this book is - frothy, funny fluff. Now, this type of book just happens to be one of my favorites, so I've read quite a few. And because of that, I couldn't help comparing this to other (traditionally published) books that I liked better.

I should also say that I don't read many indie books. And if I do, it's unusual that I enjoy them. There are the few...more
Morgan: Read, Eat, Dream
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I am going to keep this review short... I wasn't planning on reviewing Dante's Girl. I had planned for this to be a fun beach read that I enjoyed on vacation without reviewing. My vacation reading plan was to read, read, read. I knew if I stopped to take notes and review books that I wouldn't be able to read as many books. In the end, Dante's Girl was such a cute book that I had to share!

I absolutely loved this bo...more
Kathy
3.5

So, I liked this one. I can’t remember who recommend this to me, but I’m glad they did. It was a fun escape. I liked Reece and Dante. I kind of wish this had both their POVs, but it was all from Reece’s perspective. Reece is on her way to London to spend a few weeks with her dad. On her way there she meets Dante and when an emergency happens she finds herself being rescued and swept off to his home. They had a nice love story and it was fun to see it unfold. I wasn’t sure how everything was g...more
Melori
tak jo, tahle kniha si ty 4 hvězdičky úplně nezaslouží, ale dát jí jenom tři by nebylo ode mě upřímné, jo, je to nablblé a sladké a hodně se tam áchá nad adonisovskou krásou Danteho, ale mě to bavilo, přiznávám se bez mučení, žádná dramata (i když se o jedno autorka pokouší, ale prostě víte, že ten happy end dostanete :)), letní zaláskovaný příběh, trochu přitažený za vlasy, ale co, kdyby člověk pitval Popelku nebo Šípkovou Růženku, bylo by to stejné, takže pokud nejste ve své kůži, je vám troch...more
Kate
For god's sake! This was so freaking amazing! Opravdu nemám slov. Dante's girl je jistě jednou z nejlepších knih, které jsem zatím za letošní rok přečetla
Sarah (Catching Books)
What a really cute summer read! I was surfing through Amazon last week and I saw this book..so I decided to check it out and buy it. I am really glad that I did..definitely a nice summer contemporary book!

I'm a huge fan of books with international boys (especially because of the accents!) and the setting of this book was gorgeous! The plot of this book was too sweet and really was a roller coaster ride of emotions. I was definitely cheering for Dante and Reece the moment they met at the airport...more
Kaede
2.5

So one with a brain that actually functions correctly would probably think to just put down a book they didn't enjoy and attempted to read for a period of two months consistently.

But I've always been told I'm not like other people, you know? And I have this thing that if something in a book I hate seems at the very least redeemable, I'll put in effort to continue on to the end. Just cause I like giving things a fair chance. Well, I gave Dante's Girl that chance. Whether or not this book met...more
Jenn
"It doesn't matter that we're different. You're everything I'm not. That's important right? You're assertive when I'm hesitant, and I'm assured where you are afraid. You're strong when I'm weak and I'm hard when you're soft. People who are exactly the same are boring. We're different and I love that. I love you. And that is all that matters."

That's the perfect quote to sum up Dante and Reece.

Dante is a public figure where Reece is a small town country gal. He's trying to break the mold that's...more
♥adinda ♥
complicated
dunno why that word sounds funny in my ears now Lol.

i never heard about this book before but i browsed thru internet, voila i found this. accidentally.
right, skip the s*** Lol.

well its a cute love story. another reason why i love contemporary romance nowadays.
reece's life and fate was lucky since the day she bumped into dante *sigh*.
honestly i never read a story that took place in greece. this is the 1st :D
another thing i love most besides dante and nate (yes, nate) was the raining s...more
Caitlin Audet
I was so excited to have finally read Dante's Girl. Thank you Amazon for releasing this early. Wow I am still amazed by this story and still swooning over Dante. This story takes place in such a beautiful country, Caberra, where everything is just gorgeous and perfect. Dante himself is perfect. He definitely knows how to act and always has the right words to say. Reece was such a grounded character and even though she was supposed to have been a boy(this is explained in the book) I think her nam...more
Christine Alibutud
“I love you.
How much?
More than the ocean is large.
More than a shark loves human limbs.
More than Gavin loves his reflection.
More than baseball players love steroids.
More than chocolate, more than wine and way, way more than anchovies.
More than yesterday, but less than tomorrow.
....
How much? I type.
This much. It's his voice.”


This story far from happening in real life, I guess I'll give this book 3 stars. I have no problem with unrealistic plots, but I guess I just didn't really enjoy this one. It...more
Niki
Aw aw awwwwwwwww <3

This book is so cheesy and fairytale-ish that I don't know how can I like it, but I like it a lot!



I liked every single character, but what I most liked about this fairytale is that there was no major drama...There was drama, but there was realistic drama.

Jennifer
I loved this book....I thought it was a wonderful love story with a little suspense in there at the end. This book kept me interested from the first page until the last page.
Bethany

A very cute and sweet love story.
Melissa
This and other reviews can be found at The Nifty Novels Blog. Check it out!

I have always enjoyed the paranormal books by Courtney Cole that have mixed Greek mythology with stories of eternal love and adventure. Dante's Girl is a completely different type of story. This is a modern young adult contemporary romance without a hint of the paranormal at all. But Courtney has always been able to tell good romantic stories, and that proves to be true in this novel as well. This book tells the story of...more
Anna Fhaumnuaypol
This book is incredibly adorable and perfect for the summer! A teenage love story is never boring or out of style especially Cole's 'Dante's Girl'.

Reece, a cowgirl from Kansas visits her father who lives in London every summer. However, things are a little different this time. She runs into a devastatingly beautiful guy in the airport and again on the plane to London. But things go wrong during takeoff and she is forced to go along with the man she just met, Dante, who appears to be a very impo...more
Atmika
Warning: Terribly Cute! Proceed with caution or you won't be able to wipe the smile from your face.


I really really liked this book. It's totally adorable. If you are looking for a fluffy, sweet, romantic novel. This is it!

The MC Reece is the cutest ever. I just loved her. She is a Kansas chick with a smart mouth and great sense of humor. She had me laughing so many times.

"Dante shakes his blond bangs out of his eyes and the sun catches every glint of gold in his hair. His legs are long,lean, t...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to give a huge thank you to Kismet for allowing me to be a part of Dante's Girl tour. Courtney has started this new series off with a bang.I have to say that this is one summer must read for this summer.I have read a lot of books but Dante's Girl really spoke to my romantic side. Dante and Reece are the perfect example of summer love and what happens beyond that.

Reece Ellis is is a country girl getting ready to spend her summer with her father like she does every summer but th...more
Sophia
Wow seriously this was a really fun read. Something I didn't expect at all. I totally fell in love with Reece right away. Who couldn't? Whatever she was dealing with I was totally there with her or have been there. And to be swept away by a Greek Prince? (well sorta) I mean dream come true!!! I highlighted a whole bunch of quotes probably 1 every 4 pages because I just literally couldn't keep the smile off my face. I loved how there was a side mystery plot to follow. And Dante OMG Dante Sweet Ba...more
Autumn Review
There are so many things I liked about this book. The primary reason I liked it...it was just easy to read. I loved the humor, romance, and the characters.


Pretty much from the first sentence, I liked Reece. She's funny, smart, confident, but also sensitive. Overall, just a likable character. Another reason I liked her was that she wasn't overly impressed or intimidated by Dante's family or his social status. She really fell for him as a person.


Dante is a total sweetheart. I loved how he tried...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
"I want more! I want more!" - I've been chanting this after reading this effin' good book. My smile is still plastered on my face and I can't help but still continuously chant this because I really do want more of Dante and Reece and everything that has to do with them and Caberra and Kansas.
(I have a lot of things to say about this book, so behold if this review would be a bit long. :P)

Dante's girl has only been a random pick from Goodreads and since its blurb worked it magic powers on me I de...more
BookHookup
You know that awesome moment when you pick up a book by an author you love and then you just devour it? Yeah, me too! I started Dante’s Girl on a flight home and found that I couldn’t put it down…even as I waited for my luggage, sat in the cab on the way home or put my key in the lock (which made actually opening the door quite difficult).

Sweet baby monkeys…this is a fun read! It’s a romantic story you can fall in love with pure and simple. An exotic location, a super swoon-worthy boy, a spunky...more
Jen
If you're looking for a lighthearted, funny story with a swoon worthy romance that takes place in a breathtaking setting, then this is the book for you!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and haven't laughed so much since reading "My Life Next Door." Reece is a small town girl from Kansas who literally bumps into the adventure of her life when she meets Dante Giliberti, the beautiful boy from the beautiful island. The only problem? Dante's the son of the Prime Minister which means he and Reece aren'...more
Tabitha
This review originally appeared at Tabitha's Book Blog

Okay! For some reason I had it in my mind that this book was about two people on a desterted island?! Yeah, I have no idea where I get these ideas from. It's like when I read Vampire Academy and was surprised to find out that it wasn't set in some remote village. So to say I was a little disappointed would be an understatement, but after that initial disappointment I saw that this was an amazing book. The plot, setting, Dante the characters...more
Jamie
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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 embarras...more
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“I squint my eyes and glare at him.
“I don’t have a crush on Quinn anymore.”
He raises a golden eyebrow.
“No?”
I shake my head. “No.”
“Why is that?”
I stare at him long and hard, trying to decide what to say. Should I be downright, painfully honest? I’ve always found that the best way to be, so I nod.
“Two words.”
He waits.
“Dante. Giliberti.”
I hear him suck in his breath and I smile. Sometimes, honesty is refreshing and so very worth it.
“Me?” He sounds so surprised, as though he doesn’t know that he is practically a living breathing Adonis. I nod.
“You.”
He studies me again and I fight the need to fidget as I wait for his reaction.
After a minute of nerve-wracking silence, he finally answers.
“So, will you keep the bracelet?”
I nod.
“Can I kiss you again?”
I nod.
So he does.”
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