Review: Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole

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.

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After reading the first chapter, I knew I was destined to love Dante’s Girl. Cole’s opening is magnificent. (If you missed the release post I did earlier this month, it includes the entire first chapter of Dante’s Girl!)

Reece and Dante’s first encounter made me giggle and I could tell they would win my heart. Little did I know, I’d become completely immersed in this contemporary that I’d be craving more when I finished. The more I read, the more in love with Dante and Reece I became!

Reece is the sort of main character you can’t help but identify with, even though most of us would never be in a situation even remotely like in Dante’s Girl. She’s spunky, fun and a bit overly dramatic. (In a good way!) Then there’s Dante, he’s gorgeous, charming and the typical dream-boy. Then there’s an entire array of side characters that I cannot wait to learn more about in future books. Each with a completely different personality that meshes so well.

Dante’s Girl is the perfect summer read, that is slightly reminiscent of Stephanie Perkins with more drama. Cole’s added in this array of mystery that has made her contemporary one of my favorite new books of the year. It has a little bit of everything from humor to romance.

I received my copy of Dante’s Girl as part of the Kismet Blog Tour/from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Comments

  1. Jenna says:

    This does sound like the perfect summer read, and I love the cover! A good combo of romance and action sounds perfect, and the description from Goodreads already shows how much character Reece has. I’m sure there were many laughs throughout the book. Looking forward to picking this one up!
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

  2. Cayce says:

    I loved Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss (Lola not so much….), and this sounds like a perfect beach read for me :)
    Thanks for the review!

  3. Thank you so much for posting this super cute Review!!! I am so happy you loved, Courtney is amazing! :)

  4. Caitlin says:

    I too was destined to read this after reading the first chapter. Thankfully it came out early so I didn’t have long to wait. Dante was truly amazing and the perfect gentleman and I do hope to see his new side in future books. I am glad Reece is rubbing off him, Dante does need to learn to speak his mind and also loosen up more. I am excited the next book is about Mia. She was such a great character in the story and she deserves a good guy. I hope Quinn is just as swoon worthy as Dante but I’m sure I don’t have to worry about that.

  5. elena says:

    This book sounds so CUTE! I really want to read it. I love light summer reads and adding in that it’s slightly reminiscent of Anna and the French Kiss? yes please!

  6. I love this review!! Thank you so much for reading Dante’s Girl. I’m so happy that you liked it!!

  7. Andrea says:

    I loved Dante’s Girl. Courtney did such a great job of making Reese relatable and likable. I’m glad you enjoyed the book too. Great review!

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