Title: In a Gilded Cage
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Length: 56,000 words
Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.
However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.
Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci.
My Review of In A Gilded Cage:
5 stars on Good Reads
I don’t usually read New Adult fiction, but I’m never disappointed in Mia Kerick. Between the wordsmithing, characters, and plot, I’m always transported headlong into a world with characters I haven’t been able to relate to (in fiction) since I was a new adult myself. 😉
Gilded Cage is a modern fairy tale, a Hansel and Gretel according to Ms. Kerick’s dedication, but during the reading, I was going more with Rapunzel. Maybe a mix, then of fairy tale elements: an abandoned child, the prince in the tower, and the hero who comes to his rescue. Ms. Kerick never hits the reader over the head with her writing, but it comes upon me as a reader subtly, which for me, packs more of a punch.
Mr. Gotham has bought himself a son named Lucci from a greedy couple in a trailer park at the age of twelve or so. Mr. Gotham is very rich, runs a pharmaceutical company, and does lots of things for the locals, like scholarships and jobs (that sweet house made of candy and cake in the middle of the woods).
He remakes poor Lucci into his “son,” and his methods are cruel and abusive. He locks Luc into the house, his tower, forbidding him the outside world.
Until Prin comes along. College senior Prin is doing the landscaping at Mr. Gotham’s mansion, studying hard at the Gotham Business School, and hoping for that dream job at Gotham Pharmaceuticals. One day he looks up at the window where Luc is, doesn’t like what he sees, and everything changes…
I consider myself a pretty jaded reader, and I couldn’t put this story down.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another in dance school, a third at school at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-three years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero. There is, at a minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Evernight Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CoolDudes Publishing for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
A social liberal, Mia cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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