Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Desperately Ever After (Desperately Ever After, #1)” as Want to Read:
Desperately Ever After (Desperately Ever After, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Desperately Ever After

(Desperately Ever After #1)

by
3.67  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  112 reviews
AMAZON #1 bestseller for both WOMEN'S FICTION FANTASY and HUMOR! National Indie Excellence Awards FINALIST!

Imagine what might happen if our most beloved fairy tale princesses were the best of friends and had the dreams, dilemmas, and libidos of the modern woman. How would their stories unfold after the wedding bells stopped ringing? Set in a fictional realm based on New Yo
...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 1st 2014 (first published January 31st 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Desperately Ever After, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Desperately Ever After

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.67  · 
Rating details
 ·  735 ratings  ·  112 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Desperately Ever After (Desperately Ever After, #1)
Cora Tea Party Princess
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Disney Princess girl power madness

E-copy giveaway at Tea Party Princess.

This was freaking EXCELLENT! Seriously. When I first started this book I wasn't expecting it to be so good.

Take a cast of traditional fairy-tale princesses, familiar to every Disney fan, and smoosh them all together into a wacky union of pretty modern kingdoms where they all rule together and then watch everything go to shit. It's wonderful. I had so so much fun reading it and it really made my day.

My favourite char
...more
Christina
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Ever wonder what happened after the happily ever after—and what would happen if our childhood fairy tale princesses were of our modern times? Debut author Laura Kenyon explores just those questions in her recently released, “Desperately Ever After”. In this tome, the fairy tale princesses are best friends and living in a New York City-like realm. Think “Sex and the City”, replete with cheating spouses, rampant libidos and modern day dramas with a splash of fairy tale fantasy.

It’s been years sin
...more
Melodie
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This debut work explores what happens after "happily ever after" in the fantasy world of Snow White,Sleeping Beauty,Cinderella,Rapunzel,Beauty and the Beast and the Princess and the Pea.
Ten years after all the magic happened, the girls and their men are facing a severe reality check. Not all is well in the fairy tale realm. Infidelity, real and suspected along with secrets and lies galore are rife. The girls are living their dream and finding that all that glitters is easily tarnished.
We lear
...more
Whitney
I started following Laura Kenyon’s blog a month or so ago and love it. She’s so fun! I love that she’s a redhead like me and she has a dog! ;) She offered to send me an e-copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. http://laurakenyon.com/

I absolutely loved this book. Anything fairy tale-ish/princess-y is right up my alley. Laura focuses on a few of the major princesses: Belle, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Penelopea, and (Dawn) Sleeping Beauty. I love how she takes the different princesses and al
...more
Irene
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it


This book was a bit slow for me to get into during the first quarter of the book. I found myself putting it down a few times. I'm not sure if it was because the opening scene (involving Belle) wasn't appealing to me or if I just had to get used to the playful tone of the story, but it didn't completely grab my attention till a quarter of the way through. But once things started to pick up, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down.

There were quite a lot of funny parts that had me snickering. I f
...more
Kristy Gillespie
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Laura Kenyon's Desperately Ever After is part Disney princess, part Sex in the City, and part TMZ Celebrity Gossip Site...and it's fabulous! Cinderella, (Cindy) Rapunzel, Belle, Penelope (Princess and the Pea) Snow White, and Dawn (Sleeping Beauty) are modern day princesses in their late to early 30's (although Rapunzel is technically a socialite) with modern day problems which are highlighted in Perrin Hildebrand's gossip column in The Marestam Mirror. Hildebrand says "Loyal readers of the real ...more
Karen Klein
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! I started this yesterday and just finished - It's that kind of book! I didn't want it to end and when I got to the last page I couldn't believe that it was over, BUT turning to the next page was extremely happy to find out that there will be a sequel coming out this summer. I will be looking for it as soon as it comes out (there were some things left hanging!). Also, while reading this book, I became a part of it......... and for me, becoming so immersed in a book where I can actually ...more
Cathy
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon is an absolutely delightful book that continues beyond..."and they lived happily ever after." She brings together some of the most prominent princesses in fairy tales and allows to enter their thoroughly modern lives. Belle, Cinderella, Penelopea, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are presented as intelligent women who encounter the realistic consequences of their fairy tale lives. Kenyon put much thought into how each character's specific affliction ...more
Karin
First the not so good--Kenyon totally ruins the "happily ever after part" of the fairy tale people involved because not all of these women are having a good time. The second--and of course this is purely a matter of taste--it's likened to "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives", neither of which are shows I prefer to watch even if some of my IRL friends did.

I know what you might be thinking--why did I read this? Truth be told, I got it from Kindle Unlimited without actually reading the des
...more
Joan
A fun (and sometimes serious) look at life after 'and they all lived happily ever after. There was a sense of realism as well which makes a refreshing change!

Enjoyable and frothy enough to keep me reading to the end. (and I have downloaded book 2 ;) )
...more
Ana Meireles Pereira
This is a Goodreads First Reads Review.

This book is a different take on the fairytale characters we all know and love, and what happens after the expected Happily Ever After.
I found this book a very easy and light read, endlessly entertaining. With that sad, I found some characters way better developed than others. I did adore Rapunzel and Belle, but Dawn and Cinderella were just as dull as their lives. Ethan and Rapunel ended up having the most interesting relationship, although I'm still a bi
...more
Lisa
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! As a fairy tale reader from an older generation, I clearly remember the book of fairy tales that I had as a child. It had all the beloved characters that are in Desperately Ever After, with the exception of Belle. I would read these stories over and over again but never thinking about the characters in any way other than how they were in their stories. After reading Desperately Ever After, these characters came to life to me in a way I had never thought ab ...more
Lauren
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disney princesses meets desperate housewives...two of my favorites :) I really enjoyed this book. Some nights I got to bed way to late because of it, but it is okay. No spoilers. I tried to win this book and I wanted it so much I ended up getting it. It is a great book and I would definitely recommend it to any older teens and adults who love sex in the city, desperate housewives, and Disney princesses.
Elaine
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to begin reading! ...more
D. Thrush
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
The premise is clever. Fairy tale princesses and heroines Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Penny (the Princess & the Pea), Snow White, and Dawn (Sleeping Beauty) are friends with relationship problems. This book needs to be edited. There were minor errors throughout, which are distracting, and the paragraphs were confusing with dialogue from one character and actions by another. Then I wasn’t sure who was speaking. The story also dipped into areas that were a little too serious for this genre. Other ...more
Amy Altland
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this!
Kim Power
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snarky, smart, compassionate

Like Into the Woods, but not. It's as clever. Creates its own fairytale world that blends modernity with Once Upon a Time, but allows for HEA, eventually. Well written and edited. Highly recommended.
...more
Christina
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Ever wonder what happened after the happily ever after—and what would happen if our childhood fairy tale princesses were of our modern times? Debut author Laura Kenyon explores just those questions in her recently released, “Desperately Ever After”. In this tome, the fairy tale princesses are best friends and living in a New York City-like realm. Think “Sex and the City”, replete with cheating spouses, rampant libidos and modern day dramas with a splash of fairy tale fantasy.

It’s been years sin
...more
Cassey
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An all round great read of what happened after the "and they lived happily ever after", with lots of laugh out loud moments. ...more
Celia Kennedy
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ms. Kenyon has cleverly gathered all our favorite fairy tale princesses and transformed them into modern day women facing the challenges of balancing motherhood, careers, and ruling their kingdoms. This formidable group of women face the same ups and downs as many of us, including maintaining their perfect figures and faces, with the added pressure of having to live happily ever after.

My absolute all-time favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast (the absolute zenith of love conquering all). In
...more
Nancy Murphy
I would actually give this a 4.5 star rating.

Our favorite fairy tales meet a Sex in the City setting. The good the bad and the not so ugly are all here. We know the stories but did "happily ever after" happen.

I will start off by saying that I love fairy tale retelling and re-imaginings. That is what drew me to the book, and so glad that it did. Laura Kenyon took the stories we already know and tweaked them to her own.

I have to say in this I love Rapunzel and Belle outright. Those two are the tr
...more
Alba
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on: http://addictivechicklit.blogspot.com...

I am a huge fan of Disney and well, fairy tale princesses in general so when I read the blurb of this book I did a little happy dance (true story) and I knew it was my kind of book. But wow! I loved it. Laura Kenyon brings the well known princesses to a contemporany fairy tale version of NYC (I'd love to see Cinderella's Castle in the NY skyline) and continues their story ten years later.

Their happily ever after is not so happy anym
...more
Sarah Chang
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first read the premise of the story, I was very excited. As an avid fairy tale fan (and Belle is my all-time-favorite of all Disney princesses), AND Sex and the City fan, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of the book!

I was hooked from the get go! I love the combination of the many fairy tale characters with a modern day twist-- and I particularly love how Marestam is fashioned after New York City complete with all the boroughs!

To be honest, as an avid Beauty and the Beast fan,
...more
Angelica Dimeo
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I bought this book from Amazon.
I liked how this book twists well know stories
and makes them much more exciting.
Who says Happily ever after lasts forever?
Cindy is approaching 30 and feels like she has accomplished
nothing on her list.
Rapunzel does not want to fall in love again so she is never serious.
Belle's Happily Ever after is Hijacked after her husband's affair.
Penelope is planning her mother in laws party and feels like she is living a lie.
Snow white is a recluse.
All in all the book is very
...more
Tawnya
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Desperately Ever After is a book for after the fairy tale is over. Laura Kenyon put a marvelous spin on all of the characters stories. This was a book that once I got into I couldn't put it down. ...more
Alice
3.5 stars

I wanted to LOVE this book, but it didn't quite make it for me. It is, however, entertaining and well worth the read. I'll definitely continue the series.
...more
Ashlee
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really really liked this story and let me preface by saying that I did not know this was part of a series when I started it. Much to my surprise, in the end, it didn’t really end. Total cliffhanger! I guess I will just have to read the next books in the series to know what finally happens. Either way, I love a good fairytale retelling and I love it when fairytales are modernized! Our favorite Disney princesses are all grown up and experiencing real-life problems such as aging and infidelity. A ...more
Marjorie
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Whilst I love a good fractured fairy tale this book certainly didn't cast the necessary spell for me. I am definitely not a feminist but even I felt uncomfortable with the preoccupation of the characters with their appearance and how others perceive them. It is just so facile and unimportant but Conderella's whole reason to be in the book seems to be to moan about her obsession with fitting in to her iconic blue dress *gag*. I suppose the fable of the book is about insta-celebrity and h
...more
Tamara
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
Picture the women in the classic fairy tales and then drop them in modern times. Laura Kenyon was absolutely brilliant with her relatable and sassy take on these classics. The stories we were told as kids always had the princes being the rescuers and princesses the damsel in distress. Not something I could actually relate to as a little girl. Then here comes Laura, to paint the picture many women can grasp and understand,

We have Belle, Rapunzel, Dawn, Cinderella and Penelope; each with challenge
...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
99 CENTS THIS WEEKEND! 1 7 May 30, 2014 05:00AM  
Looks intriguing- can't wait to read it! 2 6 Mar 08, 2014 10:07AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Crazy in Love (Matt & Anna, #1)
  • Mind Reader
  • Can't Tie Me Down! (Sinclair Sisters, #1)
  • The Wedding Charm (The Wedding Whisperer, #1)
  • Heartache in Heels (Love Ever After, #1)
  • Find Me at Willoughby Close (Willoughby Close, #3)
  • The Event (The Creek Water Series, #1)
  • No More Bad Dates (High Tea, #1)
  • Until We Collide
  • Five Minutes Late
  • The Move (The Creek Water Series, #2)
  • The Plan (The Creek Water Series, #3)
  • If the Shoe Fits
  • The Confetti Pact
  • 1996 (90s Flashback Series, # 1)
  • Plan Bea
  • Three Last First Dates (Cozy Cottage Café, #3)
  • Seven Days of Friday (Women of Greece, #1)
See similar books…
101 followers
Like so many women today, I grew up on Disney films and fairy tales. But as wonderful as these were at the time, they always left me wondering what came next. How did Cinderella feel ten years down the road, when her iconic ball gown no longer fit and she had four kids, royal duties up the wahzoo, and a husband who was hardly ever around? How long did it take Beast to return to his old ways when h ...more

Other books in the series

Desperately Ever After (3 books)
  • Damsels in Distress (Desperately Ever After, #2)
  • Skipping Midnight (Desperately Ever After, #3)

Related Articles

Chloe Gong has a lot going on. In addition to releasing her debut YA novel, These Violent Delights, in the midst of a pandemic, she's also...
77 likes · 9 comments
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” — Hans Christian Andersen” 2 likes
“I was the escape you needed at the time, but that’s all. That’s why you kept looking for someone else, and why I had to censor myself to fit you. We aren’t made for the long haul,” 0 likes
More quotes…