Fiction Focus: Last free peek at Cindy Bennett’s ‘Rapunzel Untangled’

Cindy C. Bennett’s “Rapunzel Untangled” was recently reviewed in the Deseret News and USA Today, earning praise in both publications.

“Rapunzel Untangled” was released on Feb. 12 and is available in book stores and on and

Keep reading for the last free sample from Bennett’s latest book. If you want more, you’re going to have to buy the book!


“Will you kiss me before you go?”

Fane looked stunned and took a step back from her. Rapunzel read the hesitancy in his eyes. Her heart plummeted, and she dropped her gaze. He tugged her chin back up until she was looking at him.

“It’s not that I don’t want to. But you . . . I mean, if I . . .” He blew a breath out. “It could make you sick, Rapunzel. It could kill you.”

She gave him a tremulous smile. “Maybe,” she conceded. “But I also thought it would kill me to be around strangers and to leave my room. It didn’t. The thing is, I might never get the chance to see you again, or anyone else for that matter. I don’t want to live my entire life wondering.”

“Wondering if a kiss can kill you?” he asked.

“Wondering what it feels like,” she answered.

Fane shook his head, the movement barely discernible. He stepped forward once again, his eyes locked firmly on hers, asking silently if she was certain. She answered with a tiny nod. His hand came up to her face once again, then the other, until her jaw was sandwiched between them. He leaned forward, never taking his eyes from hers. At the last second, just as he touched his lips to hers, he closed his eyes.

Rapunzel watched, a strange feeling flooding her from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. It was a feeling similar to when she lay on the grass and the sun enveloped her, warming her. She let her eyes drift closed and realized what she’d been missing by keeping them open. Now she could simply feel.

Rapunzel’s pulse beat swiftly in her chest at their closeness. Finally he lifted his mouth from hers, and the loss was immediate. He wrapped his arms tightly about her, burying his face in the crook of her neck. She tightened her embrace, and they stood that way, silently, for several minutes. Peace swathed Rapunzel, something she couldn’t remember feeling before.