Monday, August 27, 2012

Review Time! #20

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. (from

Dante's girl is a sweet summer romance novel that delievers both on the mystery and swoon scales. Reece is on her way to London until she is delyed at Amsterdam, due to a "freak volcanic eruption", lucky for her that she meets Dante. Dante who manages to get her out of the airport when they think that it is a terrorist attack. Dante who is quite handsome and from the Mediterranean. Dante who just happens to take a shine to Reece. Oh and did I mention that he the Prime Minsters son?

After reading this it makes me want to go the Mediterranean, to Caberra or even just meet the Caberra boys. The summer romance of Dante and Reece is a whirlwind, one minute they're in Amsterdam the next on a helicopter to Caberra. While the novel isn't just romance, you also have the tension between Reece and her best friend Becca who is back home, but also the reltionship that Dante has with his friends, espically Nate and Elena.

The events that take place on Caberra both suprise and sometimes you can see them coming. The atmosphere created helps drag you in, wanting to get to know more about Dante, Reece and even the minor characters such as Mia and Becca.

The characterisation makes you understand the characters, espically Reece and Dante, they really grow on you and make you feel for them. While some of the minor characters arn't as well developed, the novel still drags you in.

This contemporary summer romance filled with mystery, romance and a beautiful Meditettanean landscape that takes you in and doesn't suck you back out until the very end!

Rate: 4.5/5

Thankyou to Lakehouse Press for the review copy on netgalley!

Keely x

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