In a Gilded Cage
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
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.
The snow in the maze must be at least a foot deep, which doesn’t discourage me, even though it should. I trudge through the twists and turns, occasionally stopping to pull off my gloves, yank my phone from my back pocket, and refer to the notes I took to help me remember the right way to go. Soon my hands start to freeze, and my feet are already numb. I ignore these less than subtle warning signs, and continue on my way, desperate to solve the puzzle of this maze. And to find a little piece of Lucci, so I can let finally him go.
After an hour of slogging along the snowy path I again pull out my iPhone to check the directions, but my fingers are now too numb to hold on to it. The phone slips from my grasp and sinks into the snow. Desperate, I throw myself on top of it and begin to dig. As I frantically push the snow aside, more snow caves into the hole and I’m certain that my phone is gone for good. Just when I decide I’ll never find it, it’s in front of me. With ice-covered fingers, I do my best to pick it up.
The phone is dead, as are my chances of reaching the center of the maze.
And dead, like I’ll be if I don’t make my way back to the truck.
“Goodbye, Lucci.” I say it aloud into the frigid night.
My efforts to reach him have nearly killed me twice. It’s time that I do as my mother and father and best friend strongly suggest.
It’s time I let Lucci go.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of 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 Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. 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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