One part Sex and the City

 Two parts Desperate Housewives

Three parts Brothers Grimm

Great for fans of Once Upon a Time …


New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich says:
“Laura Kenyon makes happily ever after desperately delicious!”

2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Chick-Lit Finalist
Amazon #1 Bestseller for: Women’s Fantasy Fiction, Women’s Humorous Fiction, and Paranormal Fantasy

2018 Readers’ Favorite Awards Finalist


Have you ever wondered how Cinderella would feel 10 years down the road, when her iconic ball gown no longer fit and she had four kids, a billion royal duties, and a husband who was never ever around? Or how long it would take “Beast” to return to his old, wolfish ways after Belle broke his curse? Or what kind of man finds a comatose woman in the woods and decides to kiss her?

Set in a fictional realm based on New York City, the Desperately Ever After series takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss. From infidelity to aging. From deferred dreams, lost loves, and the pressures of family life. The books are about a group of ordinary women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They just happen to live in castles.


Book One: Desperately Ever After


A 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Chick-Lit Finalist, and an Amazon #1 bestseller for both Women’s Fiction Fantasy and Humor

Years after turning her husband from beast back to man and becoming his queen, Belle finds out she’s finally going to have a child. But before she can announce the wondrous news, she catches him cheating and watches her “happily ever after” go up in flames. Turning to her friends for the strength to land with grace, she realizes she’s not the only one at a crossroads:

Cinderella, a mother of four drowning in royal duties, is facing her 30th birthday and questioning everything she’s done (or hasn’t) with her life.

Rapunzel, a sex-crazed socialite and one-woman powerhouse, is on a self-destructive quest to make up for 20 years locked away in a tower.

Penelopea, an outsider with a mother-in-law from hell, is harboring a secret that could ruin everything at any moment.

One part Sex and the City, two parts Desperate Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm, Desperately Ever After sprinkles women’s fiction with elements of fantasy … and asks readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings. With laughter, wine, and a brand-new take on old-fashioned chivalry, these friends see each other through life’s trials one secret at a time. .


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Book Two: Damsels in Distress


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 she encounters the childhood sweetheart she believed to be dead, Dawn 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, they fail to see a great danger brewing in the capital–one that could change everything forever.


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Book Three: Skipping Midnight

For the women of Marestam, “happily ever after” has always come with a grain of salt. Be it infidelity or aging, deferred dreams or lost love, or even the pressures of raising a family, they have always seen each other through life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a brand new take on old-fashioned chivalry. But when rage and treachery take over, everything they hold dear comes under attack. 

Suddenly, the monarchies are crumbling, Cinderella is missing, Belle is harboring the secret of all secrets, Rapunzel is facing the one dilemma she spent her whole life trying to avoid, and Dawn could lose everything she’s finally learned to love. In order to save everyone and unmask the wolf in their midst, this iconic group of friends must follow a dogmatic fairy no one trusts, invoke an ancient magic no one understands, and face a past they thought they had buried long ago.

Rapunzel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the rest of Marestam’s favorite females return in this third and final novel in Laura Kenyon’s Desperately Ever After series, which takes a whimsical look at our most beloved fairy tale princesses several years after true love’s kiss … and asks readers to rethink everything they believe about happy endings. 


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11 responses to “

  1. Elaine

    I can’t wait to read “Desperately Ever After”! I am going to d/l it this afternoon. My daughter is an aspiring writer(she’s a Senior in college) and her creative writing teacher is pushing her to write a novel. I recommended that she check out your website and in Goodreads so she could get some ideas on the process. I guess what I’m trying to say is how much I enjoy your writing, your blog and your reviews. You have a real gift, so thank you.

  2. Vanessa

    I absolutely LOVED both books in this series, and I cannot wait to read the next one! I am a HUGE fan of the princesses (Belle being my favorite). I am so glad my friend recommended these books to me. I was completely drawn into these stories the second I started reading! You are an amazing writer, and I am looking forward to reading more of your books.

    • Thanks so much Vanessa! Getting notes like yours truly keeps me going 🙂 I’m so happy you’re enjoying Desperately Ever After and hope to have the next book out by spring. Fingers crossed!

  3. I like the sound of these books. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of them before. Thank you for bringing these books to my attention. I’ve got a feeling that you might have introduced me to my new favorite series! ❤😊

  4. Annette

    I just loved this series! I couldn’t wait until I had time to read a few more chapters. I just finished the last book and know I’m going to go through withdrawal. I’ve already recommended your books to two friends. Wonderful books and fabulous writing!

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  6. lois

    I can’t wait to read these.

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