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

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

by Courtney Cole

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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 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 is the first in The Paradise Diaries. It is followed by Mia's Heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152714388
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Series: Paradise Diaries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 575,475
File size: 186 KB

About the Author

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.  She was born and raised in rural Kansas, lived most of her adult life near Lake Michigan, and has recently relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees.  

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Dante's Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
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! Cover: It is so cute! It is a collage of pictures that all make you smile a big, teeth showing smile! First off, they have him in a suit and her in cut offs and a cowboy hat which fits perfectly! Secondly, they have a map of the world and my favorite quote of Reece’s on the cover. Lastly, they have the passport, which I find a very nice touch! Plot/Writing: I really enjoyed Dante’s Girl’s plot. It was unexpected at times, and predictable at others, which makes for a great story. I did find some typos, but those were just formatting errors that might’ve been just on my Nook because they were minimal and few and far between. She did a great job writing out the characters and making everything have a sense of believability. Characters: Reece was a spitfire. She was a little frightened at the beginning with the plane and all, but want to know what cures that fear? A hot guy named Dante whisking you off! ;) She didn’t lose her personality at all though. She was still head strong and determined to do what she wanted to do, but her motivations were a little skewed toward a handsome 6’3 Caberra prince! I loved Reece and I can’t wait to see a cameo of her, maybe, in the next book! Okay, how can I describe Dante? Other than the perfect man, I can’t. Sure he could be annoying at moments when he would say his life was ‘complicated.’ Other than that, he had the charm, the looks, the sweetness, the everything that a girl could ever want all rolled into one delicious man. Dante was amazing and I love him so very much! All in All: Okay, I got a little creepy there, but I do love Dante’s Girl and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the next Paradise Diaries book! Now, does anyone else want Gelato? I sure do!
HatP More than 1 year ago
This is a very fun love story. Every girls dream come true! It's definitely one you want to put on your reading list!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Dante's Girl sounds like a cute contemporary with my favorite sub-genre: foreign country setting. Reece is boarding a plane from Amsterdam to london, where she will spend the summer with her father. She bumps into this ultra hot guy, Dante, and she is smitten. Turns out he's on her plane and when a plane on the runway gets burnt Dante takes her with him and his security agents (huh?) to a small island. Apparently he is the island's prime minister's son. I personally found it so random that she would just go with him. Have you ever heard of thugs? mafia? kidnappers? human trafficking? How can she just up and go on an airplane to a whole different place without even letting her parents or anyone else know. Talk about being level headed and responsible eh? I liked Dante, he was such a gentleman but their romance developed too fast. So when a childhood friend of Dante shows up and basically takes out her claws at Reece, I was happy. I thought we would get a bit of drama with this new addition but nothing much happens. They liked each other from the beginning and shows it to each other, so any other addition in the mix felt a bit too forced in my opinion. Also her suddenly ending up working at Dante's family's olive ranch was so out of the blue. This can not ever happen in real life, the circumstances felt a bit absurd and I rolled my eyes a ton and cracked up a lot. There was also a conspiracy being plotted thrown in the book and I felt that was really unnecessary. However I have to say, I really liked the ending of Dante's Girl, that is something that I can believe! also Courtney's writing was hilarious but Reece felt a bit childish at times. What 16 year old says Sweet Baby Monkeys instead of Oh my god? or *gasp*? I am saying all these things I've had issues with, and while they were a lot, I still ended up reading the book and enjoying it. While it is not a memorable contemporary, it was still a good read overall.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. It was very sweet and swoony and it really made you feel something. I think Reece was a great character and I think she showed the best qualities of an American in her character. The mystery and surprise element on the novel was really well done and had me flipping pages to see what was going to happen at the end. I really enjoy it when I actually feel what the characters are feeling and I really felt it with this novel. I am definitely going to check out more by Courtney Cole =)
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
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't even in the same atmosphere let alone the same "league". While Reece's future involves finishing her senior year and then heading to college, Dante's future has been planned for him since the moment he was born, right down to who he will marry one day. But a freak accident that forces them to spend time together will test the boundaries of love, life and old-world traditions. Reece and Dante will learn just how important it is to live the life YOU want because you only get one. They'll also discover whether or not love really is all that matters when your lives are worlds apart. This really was a FUN read! There's a "Cinderella" element but it's not over done. Reece is down to earth and funny. Her ability to laugh at herself is what makes her so likable and her internal conversations are HILARIOUS! I really liked Mia - she's straightforward and isn't afraid to be herself. Then there's Dante... *sighs* This "beautiful boy" not only has good looks but he has some beautiful manners and a great sense of humor too which is what made him so appealing for me. He certainly isn't perfect but he does his best to make the right choices concerning the people he cares about.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
OhMyWord. I loved Dante's Girl! From the moment I met Reece, I adored her, much like Dante. And really, what's not to love? Reece is as natural and realistic as they come. She was friendly, open, funny, and I honestly had no idea what she would say at any given moment. Her inner freak-outs were hysterical. Her honesty was refreshing. The girl is straight-up no BS. She'll do anything for boy she loves, but she will not play games or settle for less than what she deserves. "He's either going to be true to me or we're not going to happen. I love him, but I deserve to be loved back." (ebook, 63%) What a fantastic girl! I wishwe had more characters like Reece. She is truly a force to be reckoned with. As for Dante, the object of Reece's affection. Dante isn't a Prince, but he's close enough. He's that dreamy boy we've all dreamed about (mine was Prince William), but sadly, 99.9% of us never find. He's courteous, generous, loyal. Did I mention that he's Adonis-style handsome? " 'You're the handsomest person in the world,' I announce. 'I don't care if it's a word or not. You are it, one way or another.'" (ebook, 45%) Dante's only flaw is trying to please those he loves, even when it makes him unhappy. I can think of worse things. Dante is determined to be with Reece. He'll go to whatever lengths it takes to make her happy. How beautifully romantic is it to imagine being taken to a gorgeous island in the Mediterranean, amongst centuries-old architecture, olive groves, and the sea? Courtney Cole did a wonderful job of painting a gorgeous picture. The rolling hills, the winding roads, the sand... I almost felt as if I were there. It was like a mini-vacay for my brain. Dante's Girl was such a fun, fast-paced read. It's actually the perfect story for a lazy summer afternoon. And the story, like I said, it appealed to the girl in me who always imagined being whisked a way by a Prince (or the son of a Prime Minister). But you know what else? It simply appealed to me as the lover of an awesome story. Dante's Girl was funny, it was romantic, and it was a true delight. I can't wait to read the next installment of The Paradise Diaries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story but did not keep me so involved that i could not put it down. Took a bit of time to read because there was not eniugh action to keep my attention. Glad i read it for it was a nice story just not outstanding.
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I seriously love this book. Its wonderful, and i literally couldnt get enough!!! Spectacular<3<3<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* sits*
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Cute romance. The main character seemed a little immature for 17 yr. old, though. This was an okay read but, didn't really "wow" me. Scenes were buildt up and then suddenly over. I did like Dante, he was the best part of the book. He was suave, sophisticated, sweet, knew just what to say. Atlas, the ending seemed unfinished to me. S.A.K.
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I really loved the book. The pain and the struggle of old world customs to modern day but I think the ending could have been longer. Maybe there is another book. I hope so because this needs it. All in all the book was good I read it in one sitting.
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CDKeith More than 1 year ago
Reece is not overly excited about the summer ahead of her.  She has many of the same issues and struggles of many teenagers.   Her life makes a great change when she bumps into Dante in the middle of the airport.  She had no idea how great these changes would be.  Things progress quickly putting her on a Greek island with a boy that looks like a Greek God.  Before she knows it she is completely in love with Dante and worrying he won't return the feelings because of his father's expectations, Together they try to deal with the many complications that continue to develop. However, as a teen age girl Reece can only wonder if their love is enough.   I really enjoyed reading Dante's Girl.  Thank you to Lakehouse Press and NetGalley for allowing me the read.
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TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Dante's Girl has it all - drama, romance and amazing characters... Reece is on her way to visit her father in England for the summer when she bumps into a tall dark and very handsome gent with, of course, the perfect smile and accent and knows that she will never see him again. That is until she discovers that he, Dante, is on her flight and they begin to chat before take-off... when a horrifying accident occurs and the airport begins to shut down, Dante is being taken away by men in dark suits and he asks Reece to go with him. Against her better judgement, but following her gut-instinct, she goes with Dante, not knowing at the time, that she will be off on the biggest adventure of her life: Dante is the Prime Minister of Caberra, Greece, son. I adored Reece and her all-american ways, her sarcasm and wit. She was realistic with every situation that came her way and was quick to step-up when she needed to. But lets not forget, Reece is also a teen who thinks Dante is beautiful, and is swooning over him big time - add a little jealousy, insecurity and a few hysterics, and we have one very well rounded, likable and relatable girl. And just like Reece, I instantly got caught up with the beauty of the island, the prime minister's castle and of course, Dante. Dante is handsome and charming and so smitten with the lovely Reece, we can definitely see why Reece is so alluring to him - Reece is like no other person he has met before. It is so refreshing for him to be around someone who doesn't know exactly who he is, what he stands for, who he is suppose to be... Reece is someone that he can let his guard down and just be himself. He doesn't have to worry about her judging him or having any high expectations from him. But at the same time, Reece is making things difficult for him too. He is torn between doing what he thinks his father wants him to do and what he really wants to do. Can Dante be who he really wants to be without disappointing his father? His country? Can Reece let go of her fears and believe in the fairy-tale that she's been living in? Is it possible that a farm-girl and a (kinda) prince be together??? There were other aspects to the story that I felt were drowned out by the romance. While other parts where so obvious. And the ending was quite predictable. It still made for a fun fast paced and light-hearted read that I know I would enjoy reading again. I will definitely be keeping my eye on Courtney Cole and her next novels in The Paradise Diaries Series, Mia's Heart and the third one that is yet to be titled but will be released in 2013! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have read all year!!!
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