The Desperately Ever After series is supposed to be witty, passionate, sarcastic, thought-provoking, and above all else: FUN! So when it came to creating a playlist, the songs I chose had to reflect that.
Some (especially Katy Perry’s Not Like the Movies) just screamed DESPERATELY EVER AFTER the moment I heard them. Others (Demons, Bloodstream, Holding on and Letting Go, Ocean Wide) reminded me of specific storylines or characters (no spoilers!) and even helped set the mood while I was writing Damsels in Distress.
Wires, All I Need, and Save Me just seemed to fit all the romantic dilemmas the characters face throughout the series. But when it came time to hit the town or party on top of Rapunzel’s penthouse, I couldn’t help but picture the ladies of Marestam dancing to Jessica Simpson’s A Public Affair—with lots of wine and sparkle!
In all honesty, this playlist could have been twice as long (and it still is on my laptop).
I hesitated to include a song as “played out” as Walk Away, but it and Dare You to Move fit Belle’s story so well. And while I initially chose Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me to introduce her beast of a husband, I figured The First Five Times and Let’s Get Highwere jokey enough. And I had to draw the line somewhere!
The best and easiest way to listen is through Spotify, which is totally free and can be accessed through this link:
Option #2, which is way less high tech, is a list of the songs. When possible, I’ve linked the to YouTube videos, but your imagination will work better without them, and I couldn’t shake some of the advertisements.
A Public Affair ~ Jessica Simpson
Not Like the Movies ~ Katy Perry (a theme song if I ever heard one)
Bloodstream ~ Stateless (sooooo seductive!)
The First Five Times ~ Stars (hello, Rapunzel)
Demons ~ Imagine Dragons (I’m in dangerous love/lust with the character this makes me think of)
Holding On and Letting Go ~ Ross Copperman
Walk Away ~ Kelly Clarkson
All I Need ~ Within Temptation
Ocean Wide ~ The Afters (sometimes there really are happily endings)
Let’s Get High ~ Letters to Cleo (you’ll just have to read the books to find out!)
Wires ~ Athlete
Dare You to Move ~ Switchfoot
Save Me ~ Remy Zero (perfect way to end a series of books based on fairy tales … just don’t assume it’s the men who are doing all the saving!)
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