Series: Desperately Ever After #2
Published by Self-Published on 26th August 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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One part Sex and the City. Two parts Desperate Housewives. Three parts Brothers Grimm.
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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
*This review may contain spoilers for book #1 in the series, Desperately Ever After*
“The world offers nothing but pain,” she said, surprising herself with her own words. “It offers the chance to become half of what you are now. You’re better off going home and keeping your hope and spirit intact. The world is an evil, scary place.”
Damsels in Distress started off where Desperately Ever After ended, with Belle and Rapunzel opening their inn with the possibility of the curses coming back. This second installment also brought to the forefront Dawn aka Sleeping Beauty and Snow. We got a lot less of Cinder, Penelopea, and Rapunzel in this one, which was a little disappointing, but Belle was still the lead and she was my favorite so I was okay with the change. In this book, Belle was faced with the decision of whether or not to go back to Donner and having to run an inn with constant problems. Dawn was in a loveless marriage with Hunter, the prince who woke her up from her 300 year old sleep while Snow was trying to adopt a child with her husband even while they were constantly met with criticism for how they live in the woods.
Belle’s story was still my favorite. Her character was just awesome and I loved how strong she was. I hated how the fate of everyone seemed to rest on her shoulders though. The girl was just trying to find her own fairy tale ending and was just constantly hounded by Ruby, a fairy. Luckily, Belle had Rapunzel who continued to be a rock star and defend Belle without fail. Love their friendship.
Dawn and Snow had bigger parts in this one and I was actually okay with it. Dawn’s story was definitely a sad one. I always thought Sleeping Beauty was a great fairy tale but seeing it done this way did make sense. I mean who would want to be awakened by a stranger and then basically forced to marry him. It definitely didn’t romanticize the story like the Disney version and I liked that. Dawn, however, did some things that were questionable, but at times you couldn’t help but be sad for her and all the time she lost while asleep. It will be interesting to see how her story ends in the next and last installment especially since this book ended with her happily ever after in question.
Snow was definitely an interesting character with living in the woods and being all about nature and eating natural food. The news always painted her and her husband in a negative light with their lifestyle. You couldn’t help but want the best for them especially since they were one of the few couples who were actually happy together.
As with Desperately Ever After, Damsels in Distress brought about new developments in the end that made you want the next book right now! I was on the edge of my seat and then it just ended! Luckily, I was prepared this time. That doesn’t mean I was happy about it, I was just more accepting of it this time. It definitely made me excited for how it will end. And I really hope everything works out for everyone. I really want my fairy tale princesses to get their happily ever after.