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Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young-adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive.

Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next. 

As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: Choose a spouse by your 18th birthday, or wither away into nothing.

With his 18th birthday only three months away, and only Matt in on the secret, Arek embarks on a desperate bid to find a spouse to save his life - starting with his quest companions. But his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong…until he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.

©2022 F.T. Lukens. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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We Love the Mutual Pining Trope

So This Is Ever After delivers in spades when it comes to stoking the flames of mutual pining. Arek is a certified mess. We love an oblivious king… literally. Reading this gave me BBC The Adventures of Merlin feelings from the start, but it was much more satisfying because Arek and Matt end up together. This book was a fast paced adventure with fighting, magic, and true love all in an Medieval fantasy backdrop. The conversations between the members of the marry band of doofuses were often times laugh out loud funny. They actually talked like 17 year olds… at least they spoke how I did when I was 17. It didn’t feel forced. This is a five star read for me. It’s short too so it will be one that I listen to more than once.

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The other reviews are wack

I was nervous to use a credit on this book bc some reviews called it cliché, and it was, but so what? It was really sweet and well written and if straight ppl can have a million different hallmark movies of the same plot why can’t lgbtq+ youth have their own version of a happily ever after, and I’ll be honest with you, it was still better than most Disney movies. It was sweet, and funny, and the characters pining for each other will have your gut wrenching and make you want to yell “You idiots!”, in the best possible way. It’s a good book. It’s worth the listen, and I will be listening again.

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Amazing from start to finish!

F.T. Lukens does and absolutely amazing job in this story developing an already finished story. In this young adult Rom-Com it is everything a Rom-Com enjoying young adult would want in a story. The story and plot is amazing and character development is smart and well thought out. Congratulations on another stellar novel Lukens!

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Lipsmackingly sweet

I don't often read YA books, but I'll read almost anything with queer characters. It's almost painful how sweet this gay love story is. It's a delightful little story to read on a summer afternoon.

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well written, but the plot did very little for me

the preformace was great, but the plot was entirely driven by the lack of healthy communication between the two main love interest characters. while in general I dislike storyles like this, I take bigger issue with the ending, instead of actually character growth thought better communication a kind of lat minute resolution was shoehorned in, witch became necicery because of the arbitrary time limit

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Good dumb fun

Corny as all hell. Gay as can be. And just good solid dumb romance. Yeah it’s predictable. But it’s so worth it

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it was cute and annoying!!

I really struggled with this book. I found my self wanting to fast forward through it. I would love my credit back.

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Very silly story but fun

This is a fluff fun story that should not be taken seriously. I enjoyed the premise about what happens after the good guys defit evil, I like how the quest and the epic battle are the background story and most of all I liked the lack of labels, the characters liked whomever regardless of gender without the need to label themselves as straight, gay or bi, that was refreshing. I recommend it.

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Cheesy, but Enjoyable

The story overall was predictable, it felt like reading fan-fiction someone wrote about their D&D party. That being said, sometimes overused tropes can be comforting and entertaining, and I definitely enjoyed it. The performance of the narrator was at times, hilarious. The voices used for certain characters did make it difficult to take some scenes seriously, however.

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Fantastic

This had me crying. The plot was epic and the characters were so well rounded.

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  • 05-25-22

Endearing characters in a compelling love story.

The characters and setting kept me engaged and wanting to continue even though I am very much over the oblivious lovers trope.

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  • 03-30-22

A lovely done pastiche of fantasy tropes

This book warmed my soul through and through. I was intrigued at first because of it being a subversion of chosen one narratives exploring the consequences of having a teenager with no real training become king. While it is poking fun at the genre there was clearly a lot of love for fantasy from the author. However, even apart from the witty trope subversion the characters and the story stand on there own. Each character felt like a realistic teenager who has been through a lot as was just trying the best. The queer representation and sweet slow burn romance was just the cherry on top of this fantastic book. I highly recommend!

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  • tazmine
  • 03-29-22

absolutely lovely story.

Honestly is one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. It was so funny and sweet. and they storyline was good and easy to follow.