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Single mom Eliana Walker has begged, borrowed excuses, and would have even stolen to make sure she never had to be in the same place as her first love, Drake Charming, especially during the holidays. But to Eliana's distress, there is only one way to ensure that she can spend her first holiday season as divorced woman near her daughter. She has to go home not only in timeSingle mom Eliana Walker has begged, borrowed excuses, and would have even stolen to make sure she never had to be in the same place as her first love, Drake Charming, especially during the holidays. But to Eliana's distress, there is only one way to ensure that she can spend her first holiday season as divorced woman near her daughter. She has to go home not only in time for Christmas, but for Drake's wedding ... to her stepsister.NFL Quarterback Drake Charming is about to marry his girlfriend of a decade, but returning home for the wedding at Christmas reminds him of the girl who stole his heart, Eliana. But Eliana made her choice fifteen years ago and it wasn't Drake.Can a little Christmas cheer and a meddling "Fairy Godmother" spin together enough romance to give this second chance fairy tale a happily ever after?A Modern-Day Cinderella Clean and Wholesome Romance.The first book in the Second Chance Fairy Tale series....

Title : Merrily Ever After
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ISBN : 32478273
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Merrily Ever After Reviews

  • boogenhagen
    2018-11-16 21:43

    The h really was a downtrodden Cinderelly and the H was nightmare of a person. He basically was an arrogant asshat with his demands that his girlfriends "fit" his expectations and if they did not, he was an utter nematode slurping slimeball - I don't blame his long term girlfriend (the h's step sister) for cheating on his sorry rear, he was just useless as a decent person and extremely useless as an H. Plus there really was no romance - it was pretty much 15 years since they had anything more than a superficial relationship and while the h was pining for most of the book in unrequited love, they had NOTHING in common except a bunch of memories - these two did not know each other as they were in the present and there was no courtship before the big HEA reunion -essentially the H proposed based on his images of the h in the past and it was not believable. The H never even saw the h for a year after he and the step sister call it off and then he proposes when the h gets shanghaied at a holiday ball at the very last page- where is the relationship?I didn't buy the rekindled romance and the H was a total zero for all of the book. He never really redeems himself with a better attitude and the h was pretty much pathetic in her longing yearning for a teen age fantasy.

  • Angela Novak
    2018-11-17 02:21

    Amazing!Perfect romance book to read.Interesting up until the last page :)I would recommend it to whoever wants a good story.

  • Chanel
    2018-12-11 23:28

    A cute, clean modern-day retelling of Cinderella. I liked this book. There's a lot of miscommunication, angsty anticipation and natural chemistry between the leads, so much so I could hardly put it down until I finished (wanting to know how it would all end). I was frustrated with the hero and his behavior, more than once. He hardly did anything to sweep the heroine off her feet and suffered an extreme case of not knowing what he wants, but I forgave him in the end. I really liked the heroine, Eliana, and her friends. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.

  • Donna Weaver
    2018-11-11 02:21

    This is the second book I've read by Keanini, and I loved this one too. The modern-day fairytale elements were a mixture of subtle and obvious. I felt for both of the main characters. Some might say Drake was a little too dense to put up with Karla for so long, but I've known guys who didn't see the same girl their friends and family saw. 4 1/2 stars

  • Carrie Sparr Brudigan
    2018-12-08 04:36

    Loved this book , Amazing how two people can feel the same way about each other but both afraid they won't fit into each other's lives . Another look at a strong first love / and second chances

  • Darlena
    2018-12-06 01:43

    Happily ever afterThis was a clean feel good read with a slant on a Cinderella theme. Throw in a little Christmas and you have a good book for a cools winters night.

  • Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
    2018-11-18 01:37

    2.5 starsSo, I feel a LITTLE bit bad for my rating on this one. It’s a nice cute easy read… but the editing is ATROCIOUS! But first, the good. Drake Charming, now football star and his lost crush Elaina Walker just never seemed to have the right timing. Drake recieved some “Words of Wisdom” from his father in his younger year, before his father passed away, to look for the woman who fit his life. Were these Words of Wisdom? Or have they been holding Drake back?“”Drake.” Drake Charming’s dad stood in front of him holding the football they’d been tossing between them moments before. “There are two things you need to know in life.” Five-year-old Drake knew what his father was saying was important. But Drake had no idea it would be the last advice his father would ever give him. “One, follow your dream.” That made sense to Drake. And he already knew what that dream was. It was the dream both he and his father had. For Drake to win a Super Bowl Championship. “Two. Now this one will be harder. There will be lots of girls in your life and you’ll learn from fairy tales and other stories that all you need to find is the one who wears the right shoe size.” Drake had heard that story and it hadn’t made sense then but now listening to his dad, Drake kind of hated it. “The most important thing a girl can do? She doesn’t need to fit a shoe; she needs to fit into your life. If she doesn’t do that? She ain’t worth it.””When their high school crush ends in a misunderstanding they meet again 15 years later when both coming back to their hometown for Christmas…and for Drake’s wedding to Elaina’s stepsister Karla. Will they finally learn the truth of why things fell apart all those years ago? Or will Elaina’s evil Stepsister win the man of her dreams?There were times in this book where I fell in love with the Cinderella story playing out…. and there were times that I literally highlighted huge portions of the book with the only Note being ???? I wish that Julia’s Editor, or friends, or whoever read over her book before it was published had said “Don’t blather! You’re losing the point!” A good example of this was“Trey and Scott still hung out with Mike from time to time when they were all in town. Eliana wasn’t sure why, but Mike and Drake hadn’t spoken since the same night Eliana last spoke to Drake. She knew Mike had been slightly jealous of Drake since Mike knew all about Eliana’s high school crush, but why hadn’t Drake reached out to Mike? Since Eliana kept all thoughts about Drake as far away as she could, she’d never asked herself the question before. She had also assumed that Drake would have heard about her divorce from Karla, but Karla must have said as little to Drake about Eliana as she said to Eliana about Drake. Thanks to the Drake induced World War Three that had erupted the night of the Christmas Ball, even Ella’s parents stayed mum on the subject. The only recent news Ella knew about her future brother-in-law had been what she’d been unable to avoid thanks to TV or magazines in the checkout line at the grocery store.”Now, I understand, after my own writing fiasco’s, that it’s hard to get some history put into the story with a lot of people mentioned without it sounding like blather… but, this was just confusing trying to keep everyone straight. This is not the only passage like this too. So, while a cute read, and I would never say to anyone NOT to read it, it definitely could have been complied a little better to make some passages clear instead of somewhat convoluted.

  • Deborah Vespo
    2018-11-13 22:43

    I liked this book, and I didn’t like the book. So I’m a bit wishy washy about it. Hence the 3.I wasn’t crazy about Drake’s character. I believed him to be so incredibly thick, it was to the point of annoying. Everyone closest to him did not like his fiancé and for him to see how she treated her own family... why would anyone stay with someone who was so blatantly nasty and self centered? Not to mention that he himself was so incredible close and loving towards his mother. Because his fiancé fit him like a shoe??!! Give me a break! Thank God for the reaction of his mother! I’m not clear on why this book is a romance, unless it’s all about the journey and I just wasn’t enjoying the journey - at least on Drake’s part. I found myself not liking Drake and hoping Ell would move on to a smarter guy who saw Ell for who she really is, or take the position in New York. When they get together in the last few pages, it almost felt like it was written in as an afterthought. ‘Oh, I need to put them together!’ As if were some forgone conclusion. Shouldn’t the reader want these lead characters to get together? I feel like, if Ell had told him to take a hike. He would have easily found himself another shoe/girl/shoe. But then again - I wasn’t much of a Romeo fan either.I gave it a three because I felt the story did have some redeeming qualities, and the author did something for me that I like. I developed questions about some of the other characters and their stories. And as much as I disliked the stepsister, something happened to her to bring about a major change... what happened to her? Therefore, I will be reading the second story because I really liked Ell’s best friend Snow and I’m interested in her story. If Snow’s love interest is as thick as Drake I’m moving on.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-09 20:50

    The story was great. It was a little choppy in the beginning, but once I get into it, I was hooked. I think I loved Neil the best and hope he gets his own story one day! He was such a good wing-man/friend. I like how it was loosely based on Cinderella without beating the comparison to death. It was fun to pick up the similarities, almost like a bonus scavenger hunt. The story was sweet, clean, fun and had a great HEA!

  • Brian Davis
    2018-11-29 03:30

    Good clean romanceDrake and Ella are good characters, well drawn and moving through a well crafted plot that is twisty while holding on to believability. Who left there are elements that will bring together mind Cinderella this is definitely a case of "inspired by" not "based on". A good clean romance.

  • Sommer
    2018-11-29 22:45

    This was a super cute story that I could easily imagine being on the hallmark channel. It was a little choppy at first but once I got more into it I didn't notice it as much. I will say that Drake frustrated me a little bit but not to the point that he was unlikable. I do wish it wouldn't have ended so abruptly.

  • Michelle Christensen
    2018-12-10 20:44

    Cute, fun book to read around Christmas time. Light, very predictable romance.

  • Anna
    2018-11-21 04:30

    Loved this and I'm eagerly awaiting book 2 in the series!

  • Charliegirl1
    2018-12-01 00:41

    Decent readThis was a decent read, and is a play on the Cinderella story. I thought the characters were a bit one dimensional. I'm a bit over the whole drama but that could have been solved with one decent conversation. And the hero dates the wrong woman for 11 years without seeing her true nature, even though no one around him likes her? Why do the parents get an easy "bye" for allowing the wicked step sister to mistreat the heroine for all of these years, and how is it that in the end, she suddenly reforms and wants to play nice? I enjoyed the writing and the premise I see wasn't bad, but I thought the story development could have been better. Still a fairly entertaining read.

  • Princess Alyssa
    2018-11-12 04:23

    The hero's too dumb. Too stupid. Too whatever! "Right girl to fit him" his a*s. ergh!