Review for Dante’s Girl (The Paradise Diaries #1) by Courtney Cole

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole

TITLE: Dante’s Girl
SERIES: Paradise Diaries #1
AUTHOR: Courtney Cole
PUBLICATION DATE: June 22, 2012
PUBLISHER: Lakehouse Press
PAGES: 224 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: NetGalley
RATING: 4 stars

Reece isn’t entirely sure how she ended up spending several days in Caberra with the Prime Minister’s son, but that is where she is. She was just minding her own business waiting for a layover flight in Amsterdam when she accidentally bumped into this hot guy and then a plan exploded and she was whisked away quicker than she could think about it. The longer she stays in Caberra, the more she realizes two things. One, Dante (the Prime Minister’s son) is way out of her league and two, she is falling for him regardless.

I loved Reece. She’s down to earth and funny with that girl next door charm. This is told in first person from her perspective and her inner dialogue had me laugh and cringing and crying right along with her. Then there is Dante who redefines the term “swoon-worthy.” Tall and tan with blue eyes deep enough to get lost in, he’s hotter than the sun. But there’s more to him than just good looks. He’s also caring and sensitive and has the ability to say things that should come off as incredibly corny, but just feel sincere. How does Reece put it? Oh yeah, “He’s got old world charm and modern good looks.” That combination causes more than one set of knees to go weak.

My favorite character, though, was probably Mia. A childhood friend of Dante’s, her and Reece become fast friends. She’s bubbly and happy and a big ball of energy. I can’t wait to read her story in the next installment of this series. I also really loved was Dante’s other friend, Gavin. Handsome and cocky, with just enough charisma and charm to pull it off, he’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on.

This cute romance is just what I was looking for. Sweet and cute with just the right amount of well place angst, it is sure to win over everyone’s hearts.

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