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In a Gilded Cage

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 Willia
Published October 21st 2016 by Evernight Publishing (first published October 2016)
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Tanu Gill
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.*

Hmm. I don't know how to start, actually..... Uhm.... Er.... Uh.... *sighs* I think it would be best if I start from the beginning, whatsay?

The book started amazingly. I was hooked from the first sentence. No, wait. That is a lie. I was hooked when I read the blurb and that Mia Kerick is the author. I haven't had a chance to read any of her books, but I have them on my device because I loved their blurbs when I saw them first. So it all basical
Barbara Ingram
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
✨✨✨✨✨4.5 My Beautiful Lucci Stars✨✨✨✨✨

Wow what a unique but so believable story! My heart broke for Lucci and didn't mend until the end! What that poor boy had to go through at the hands of twisted, sadistic Mr. Gotham was horrific. It began by being sold as a young boy to be Mr. Gotham's 'son'. Even as he grew to become a young man, he was forced to 'behave' in certain ways and if he didn't, well, his punishments were very cruel!

Then, a miracle appeared in the name of Prin, William Prinzing, a
Kevin Casey
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As you may know if you have read other reviews of mine... I LOVE MIA KERICK!!!! Her books are always wonderful... but I have to say this is at the top of the list of wonderful... WOW... a gay retelling of RAPUNZEL and so creative, so heartfelt and heartwrenching, happy and hopeful ... now there is some ugly behavior in this story but Mia has never shied away from the tough topics and that is NOT meant to discourage you from reading it is simply the catalist to the story by a secondary character ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm
2.5 stars

This modern day gay Rapunzel story started out wonderfully. Lots of hurt/comfort potential. But the last 25% totally ruined the book for me.

Lucci is 12 years old when his parents sell him to the rich Mr. Gotham. Mr. Gotham now considers himself Lucci’s new father. He locks Lucci up in his mansion and ‘educates’ him how to be the most proper son for him.

William Prinzing, Prin, has been hired to mow the lawn of Mr. Gotham’s esate. It’s not long before he sees a beautiful young man through
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story made me sad and angry. The way Lucci was locked away from everyone, heartbreaking. I mean first he's sold by his parents then he's locked in a mansion with only the man who bought him and a few servants to interact with. He's told what to think, what to wear, what to eat, and how to act. If he felled to do any of this or didn't do it up to standards he was tortured. How can someone, especially a kid, not be completely broken after that. Thank God for Prin, he was Lucci's knight in shi ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
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 Estat
J.S. Frankel
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a PDF ARC in exchange for a fair review. At no time did the author promise me money, chocolate, funding for my children's college education, or a free trip to Aruba.***

Oh, and the review. Well, take a couple of classic fairytales--Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel--gussy them up with modern sensibilities, swap the genders out and you have In A Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick. The story concerns Lucci, a slender, blond (with flowing hair, no less) and very cloistered young man, sold by a trai
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mia has written a story about a 12 year old boy that was sold by his parents to a very rich man. This man broke his spirit and tried to mold him into the perfect son as far as he was concerned. The boy fought at the beginning but through punishments that no one should have to endure he eventually make him into what he wanted. The boy Lucci, has no outside interaction and did everything his father wanted him to. Until he mets Prin, Prin is the gardener at the estate and is working one day when he ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, one thing this story did for sure-it broke my heart with how Lucci was treated. Not by Prin, but by his so-called "Father". It made me want to climb right into the pages and permanently rescue Lucci myself, while at the same time giving his father a lesson he'd never forget.

Kept sequestered away from the rest of the world for so many years, Lucci's level of innocence is startlingly high. It was hard though for me to reconcile Lucci as the young boy we see in the opening scene with Lucci th
Heloise West
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for a review of this book.

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 el
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fairy tale retellings usually add a twist into the story - sometimes major; sometimes minor - but Mia Kerick's approach is darker and more striking than usual as she takes the Rapunzel story and adds a notably tragic element which embraces everything from a child's sale (a strange kind of "win-win" situation which gives his needy parents both money and a better life for their son) to the evolution of a strange relationship that can only be changed by a handyman's intervention.

The vision of Rapun
Joyfully Jay
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

n a Gilded Cage is a perfect example of a fractured fairy tale with a gay romance twist. Mia Kerick draws on all the expected elements of the traditional genre in her retelling of Rapunzel, including Lucci as the trapped protagonist, Prin as the romantic hero, and Mr. Gotham as the twisted villain. The abuse Lucci is subjected to elevates In a Gilded Cage from a childhood bedtime story to one suited to a more mature audience, whilst the ages of Lucci and Prin and
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this was a twisted dark tale of rapunzel. I really enjoyed it. It started with dark things like being ok with selling your son... then I kind of wish it had elaborated on what did happen to him with gotham but through the story you kind of piece it together and it wasn't as dark as you thought it would be. I loved Prin's parents.. they were totally amazing and wonderful.. and the end.. omg the ending caught me and held me and make me smile soo much. I was so happy with how it ended because I ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
2.75 stars.

Totally rushed many questions left unanswered. Frustrated the hell out of me.
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

Prin is a boy with a mission: to succeed in life. After a childhood with barely enough food to eat, Prin is ready to the next step of life: college, working, getting famous and getting rich. Not necessarily in that order, as he really needs the money as soon as possible.

To make sure he’ll have the necessary funds to move to Boston once
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a sexy and magical fairy tale retelling!!
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for an honest review.

Lucas “Lucci” Grimley has long beautiful blond hair, a voice that is sweet, and a musical talent that is enchanting. The town bad guy, Damien Gotham, buys Lucci when he’s twelve and Lucci’s parents happily give him away for a new car and loads of cash. Mr. Gotham locks Lucci away in the tower of his mansion so he is not soiled by the outside world.

William Prinzing or Prin as his friends call him grew up in a trailor park with poor parents, but an abundance
Katie (Bookwise)
**I received a DRC in exchange for an honest review**

This book had potential.
I mean, a LGBTQ, modern-day Rapunzel retelling? Sign me up! But I couldn't get past the third page. There is SO much profanity and colloquialisms and just harsh treatment of family members- between Lucci's parents, towards Lucci, etc- that I couldn't go through. There is so little familial love and so much verbal abuse that, as good as the premise sounded, no. Quite a good deal of what I read was slang and I couldn't ev
DNF ..too disturbing for me
Theodora IK
Not sure about the plot, but I liked the characters. Will expand when I get the mood
Mari  Cardenas
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 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 t
Angela C
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fair warning: this is going to be a rant.

I went into In A Gilded Cage fully expecting to love it, as the description makes it sound like exactly my type of book. Not only is it a modern-day retelling of Rapunzel, it’s also a male/male romance. What more could I possibly ask for, right?

Well, for starters, I’m not sure “romance” is the right word for the relationship between the book’s t
4.5 stars

Oh, my. I really loved this. I thought at the beginning this is erotica. Silly me. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I love good erotica too. But this is so much more than that. Oh god, so much feels. I love the story, the characters. They're likable. At first, they're so awkward but it just makes them so adorable. This is my first-time book from the author. I think I should check her other works.

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May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars - The happy ending is a little soured for me as there were no consequences for the villain of this story. There is a hopeful message here about not bringing baggage forward in life, but it smacks a little too much of a fairy tale ending to be real life.
Well !! My hearty goes out for Lucci. I loved how the author displayed the innocence of the 'LITTLE GANGSTA'. This was my first book by this author. Throughout the book all I wanted to do was crush the Father's face.
I don't have much to say about this book. Will catch ya'll later...
Byeee... :)
books are love
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful. You feel for Lucci in a way that has your heart ache and bleed for him. He has gone through so much and to survive he has basically become a shell of a person. That is until Prin comes along.

Prin is cocky but not arrogant. Sweet, fun, kind and generous. He is also driven. He is one that has a goal and sticks to it not letting things get in his way. that is until he sees the mysterious Lucci. Lucci who captures his heart and soul. As he unravels the mystery of Lucci he sees
In A Gilded Cage was hauntingly beautiful story about Lucci, who had been abused for years by his father figure Damien Gotham, and Prin, who's very ambitious jock. Prin was so knightly character, loved his courage and gentleman manners, although at the beginning of the story, Prin was very focused in his studies and getting the internship he yearned for. However, he learned that sometimes there are more important things than studies and internships when it comes to life. Lucci was adorable and s ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars*
Please note that this review will only be up on blog on the 27th of January 2017

If you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my blog:

But here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:

This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down and when I did, it consumed my thoughts. I loved reading every moment of this book. Just a quick warning, this book does contain sexual content so please be advised when picking
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This story sort of broke my heart. Lucci is sold as a 12 year old boy for money and possessions. He is locked away in a tower. Lucci is has a magical voice and is heard by Prin, a college student and soccer star who was hired by Gotham to care for the grounds of the estate. Prin hears Lucci and climbs a ladder to get to this man with the magical voice.

This modern day take on Rapunzel is captivating and emotional. Lucci broke my heart and the brave Prin put it back together again. Gotham
The Book Fairy Reviews
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surviving that was Lucci wanted. TO survive the torture, the pain the humiliation. Living a life he never wanted but was trapped in, he didn't see anything that would make him whole until Prin. Prin brought out the smile and hope in his heart. Showing him that life could be better that what he was exposed to as a child growing up. That love should be unconditional and given freely. Love, Hope and Happiness are the things that Prin shows Lucci and finally an HEA they both deserve.
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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