Today I am hosting a stop on the Mia's Heart tour! I also really enjoyed Dante's Girl, the first book in the series and you can find my review HERE. A big thank you to Kismet Book Touring for including me on the tour!
Mia's Heart (The Paradise Diaries #2) by Courtney Cole
Published: November 13th, 2012 by Lakehouse Press
My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.
This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?
You don't know the half of it.
Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn't feel right. Or, if what they're saying is true and that really was me, I'm not sure I like that person very much.
And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?
But then... there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.
Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.
I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.
Mia's Heart is the second book in The Paradise Diaries series and is a companion to Dante's Girl. These books are pure enjoyment as long as you go in knowing that it's fluff. It's a little bit too perfect (or too good to be true) and all that. There are issues presented though, so it's not like it's this perfect romance without obstacles. But for me it's definitely just a fun ride.
This book is about Mia, obviously, and she's Reece's best friend (Reece from Dante's Girl) so we know her a bit from before, but once we're in her head we know her in a different way, of course. We start seeing things a bit differently and understand her rebellious streak. Mia loses her memory toward the start of the story and so we are with her as she starts anew and tries to find her true self.
There are two boys in this one, Gavin, an old friend who she sees with new eyes and Quinn, Reece's friend from Kansas who Mia finds delicious. So yes... there's a bit of a love triangle as Mia has to decide who she wants, but it's not one that really bothered me too much. I sort of 'got it' and was happy with how it played out. And to be honest I wasn't exactly sure who she would pick... I thought I did, but then I started having doubts. The issue I had was the same one I had with Dante's Girl, I needed more 'moments' between them to fully feel the connection. It wasn't a huge issue, but it was a tad bit of a disappointment.
I love that the book takes place outside the US. It's a made up country but it's exotic and I feel like I can really see the island and can imagine it clearly in my head. I think this is actually a huge bonus for me and am glad that she stuck to the island for this one instead of it being somewhere else.
I definitely do recommend the book, just remember that this one is for the fun ride!
I would say 3.5 may be more accurate about my feelings for this one but since I need to round one way I'm rounding up as it's more 4 star book rather than 3.
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
Check out Dante's Girl - the first book in the Paradise Diaries Series
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About Courtney Cole
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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.
She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.
Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
Learn more about Courtney and her books at www.courtneycolewrites.com