BOOK 1: Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon
Damsels in Distress description:
The Desperately Ever After series takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss. With laughter, wine, and a new take on old-fashioned chivalry, these friends see each other through life’s trials one secret at a time. Set in a fictional realm based on New York City, the books sprinkle fiction with elements of fantasy and encourage readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings.
After watching her fairy tale go up in flames, Belle is finally starting over. With a baby on the way, a business to run, and a new love interest she just can’t shake, things are finally looking up. That is, until she learns her independence might revive broken curses the world over. Could “happily ever after” really mean staying with her unfaithful husband? Or will Belle and her steadfast friends find another way?
Meanwhile, Dawn still longs for the life she had three centuries earlier—before her sleeping curse ended in two kids, an unfamiliar era, and a husband she barely knows. So when the childhood sweetheart she believed to be dead resurfaces, she must suddenly choose between the past she once wanted and the present she never knew she did.
As both women struggle between love and obligation—between what’s right for the world and what’s right for the heart—they fail to see a great danger brewing in the capital. One that could change everything forever.
So this book is just gut wrenching, heart wrenching, something else wrenching… the little bit of calm that had come over the group of Princesses in the last book gets all sorts of shattered in this one… I loved though that it moved past just the relationship problems… while the first book was wonderful in introducing the characters and some of the difficulties they’re having with their Happily-Ever-Afters… this one explored that further, but also started looking into some of the troubles of their kingdoms… how the system is being torn apart… and how it not only causes trouble for their marriages but also their future as monarchs… as the link between the kingdoms become tangled up in a evil plot this book will leave you screaming at Kenyon to hurry up with the next one… because it’s killing me right now not knowing what might happen next… either way this is quickly becoming my favorite series… so wonderfully awesome…