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Publisher Description

From USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Knight comes a mafia-style retelling of a classic story that takes place in present-day New York City.

Before Zell was born, her fate was sealed.

Held captive in a high-rise overlooking New York City since the age of twelve, she had no friends her own age, no life outside of the penthouse, and absolutely no choices of her own. But what she didn't realize was the tower where she lost her freedom would one day become her salvation. Her prince would arrive, they would fall in love, and they would come up with a plan for her to escape so they could live happily ever after.

If only it were that easy.

Every girl dreams of her life becoming a fairy tale, even Zell, who's knowledge of romance was simply from the books she stole from other girls at the brothel.

In a world where sex, drugs, and manipulation is solely the life she knows, the only fairy tale poor Zell would endure would be a sinister one ...

Because freedom always comes at a price.

March 17
Kimberly Knight
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews


Modern day Rapunzel

Wonderful modern day with a slightly dark twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale. There are two main characters- Zell the fair maiden and Frankie the rich privileged son of the King. These characters along with the supporting characters are well developed and their stories are well thought out. Their pieces interweave together in the best twist of fate and make for an enjoyable story.

orlebeck5 ,


Being a total fairytale and Disney junkie I was hesitant to read a retelling but man this book did not disappoint! I want more so much more!!! It’s a must read

Bibliophile Chloe ,

Dark twist on a classic fairytale

This is a new to me author and I enjoyed this dark and twisty retelling of the original Grimms Brothers fairy tale Rapunzel. No dancing hair or funny heroes here!

This is the tragic tale of Zell, of her upbringing with her Madame and her limited experience with the outside world. She longs to be free, she longs for the love of her mother and she longs for a "prince" to save her.

Enter Frankie, he too longs for freedom.  Freedom from the kingdom that his father created. He wants to be his own king and he knows to do that he has to rule in his father's stead.

When Frankie and Zell meet, it's a collision of worlds and Frankie finds himself wanting to protect Zell and show her the world.

There are twists and turns aplenty and I couldn't put this story down until the very end.  The main characters are young and Ms. Knight does them justice by creating them with youth and naivety that is authentic.

This story is going to keep you on the edge of your seat!

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