by Mia Kerick
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.
This story had such a modern day fairy tale feeling to it. Some parts are creepy, but mostly it was sweet and heartfelt.
Prin is your normal jock, popular in school and mowing the Gotham estate as his part time job. He met Lucci, the mysterious guy with long hair and beautiful voice hiding within the estate. Feeling intrigued Prin sought out Lucci and befriended him. Charm by Lucci's pure and naivety nature, Prin was instantly attracted despite him not being gay.
Lucci, the victim in this story was acquired by Mr. Gotham since he was 12 year old. Being mold into a son that Mr. Gotham wanted, Lucci endured years or mental and psychical abuse at the hand of his supposed father figure. Lucci never see the world beyond the estate and meeting Prin is the catalyst that turned his life around.
The villain in this story is beyond creepy and left me feeling totally weird out. I guess I was a little let down with the anticlimatic ending and the blood-thirsty in me was not satisfied with the resolution. But on the romance front, Prin and Lucci really stole my heart. Prin and his friends provided some much needed comic relief and Lucci is simply too adorable with his cluelessness about everything. With their HEA granted, I think I won't hold a grudge against the author.
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.