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Reviewed by Samantha March for Readers' Favorite
LOL! I really don’t know how else to start off this review, because what a fun and humorous concept for a novel. Laura Kenyon brings us Desperately Ever After, which is book one in the Desperately Ever After Trilogy. Our main characters are Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Dawn and Penelopea – yes, our beloved Disney princesses. But this is the real world for the princesses – albeit some magical aspects, of course – but the ladies deal with turning thirty, cheating husbands, and the quest to find true love. And let’s not forget those pesky mothers-in-law either! It’s life after happily ever after…
I loved the concept for Desperately Ever After. I’m such a fan of Disney princesses – Belle and Jasmine being my top two, personally – so this was such a hoot to read. Of course, I would have hoped the ladies had better luck than the majority of the characters in here, but I guess that’s reality, huh? The story lines were serious yet humorous, magical yet real, and overall I had a pretty fun time reading book one. I will say that sometimes I actually got the characters mixed up – Penelopea and Rapunzel in particular – because there is definitely is a lot happening and all at once. The middle slowed down just slightly for me, but I was happy to see the ending pick it back up again and hold my interest. This is the first book in a trilogy and I would definitely read the other two as well!