Blog Tour ~ In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick ~ (Review + Giveaway)
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.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement. ***
Prin is a very goal-oriented young man, trying to best in all he does, be it at college or soccer. The last thing he expected was to have all his dreams fade away when he meets the son of the man he hopes to work for someday. Lucci is beautiful and Prin is confused by his feelings for the younger man, and by the things Lucci has to endure at the hands of his so-called father, but he can't stay away. A friendship is forged and soon it blossoms into more, but what will happen when Lucci's father learns of their relationship?
I usually love re-tellings of fairy tales, however, this one didn't quite hit the mark for me. While I loved Prin, who was a great character, with many layers and who showed growth throughout the book, I didn't feel as connected with Lucci. Yes, I felt bad for him for how his parents sold him out to Damian Gotham, for the psychological abuse he had to endure until his will was broken, but I don't know, I would've liked to see more of a spark in him. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy his scenes with Prin, but that was mostly because Prin always went out of his way to do nice things for him, like taking him to try the strawberry sundae for the first time and asking for extra strawberry sauce for him, or just trying to be there for Lucci.
All in all, it was an entertaining book. It was well-written, albeit a bit too formal for my taste, but the author had me on tenterhooks as I went through it wondering what other twist and turn she would take me through. Recommendable!
Rating: 4 Stars
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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