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Black Box by Cassia Leo

Book Description

♥ Three fateful encounters….
♥ Two heart-breaking tragedies….
♥ One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she’s tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he’s never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he’s never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he’s never felt like his life had any purpose… until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.
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REVIEWS

Caryn’s Review…

What a love story!! One that is spun and woven so beautifully from past to present throughout with a connection between Crush and Mikki that is so raw, so real, it will have you believing in fate.
“Fate is for fairy tales. It’s a romantic notion. Luck is what happens when you are in the right place at the right time….with the right person.”
A deeply emotional, heartbreaking, intriguing and captivating story of two beautiful souls whose paths have crossed before. Is it destiny? Is it fate? Is it chance? “I feel like I’ve known you all my life….I don’t want that feeling to go away. I want to know you all my life.”
“This black box is yours to keep, to stash your troubles away. Just lock it up and call my name and I’ll be there always.” (Sigh) Don’t those words just melt your soul?
Black Box is a must read!! It will captivate you from the beginning and you will discover “there’s a little blackness in all of us.” A story so different, so unexpected, you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve reached the end. Crush will steal your soul and Mikki will wrap herself around your heart and you won’t be able to let go.
~ 4.5 ~ Circuit breaking ~ Stars!!

Kara’s Review

This is a heartbreakingly powerful read as we experience along with Crush and Mikki the struggle and horror they’re battling within themselves to move forward, or not. Gruesome, horrid acts have occurred that both Mikki and Crush are wanting to forget. When they realize they know one another, I took a breath I wasn’t aware I was holding. I read at a tender pace as this is what Cassia’s words left me experiencing every tender, sensual stroke. There was no rush, instead it was peaceful and beautiful. There was due pause when needed and this built my connection with Mikki and Crush. I felt their connection, their fate, and their hope. Fear can be just as enlightening as bravery and this book proved that to me. I cried with the characters as they endured pain, I exhaled and grinned right along with them. I just felt overall peace and calm with this read and I found beauty. When we find beauty through pain it moves us to another stage of strength and will-power, as I know this was achieved for both Mikki and Crush. Give this a try and share in my “crush” for Crush!! Rating: 4 stars

AUTHOR BIO

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.

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Excerpt

Chapter 6
Mikki
The club is tiny and very dark, but it’s warm; and not just because the heat is working. Something about this place feels … safe.
We sit down on some stools at the bar, which runs almost the entire length of the narrow room. I take off my coat and lay it across the stool next to me and Crush does the same.
“When Jimmy gets here, he’ll make you the best damn martini you’ve ever had.”
“This place has the best music and the best martinis? Sounds like heaven.”
“It is,” he replies proudly.
We sit in silence for a moment; just long enough for the dark anxiety to start building inside me again. I begin thinking of how I almost freaked out in the alley a few minutes ago and wondering when my craziness is going to be too much for him to handle.
The alley.
Don’t think about it, the voice inside my head shouts. But, on any given day, my thoughts vary between a leaky faucet and a fire-hose of negativity, drowning me or just annoying the hell out of me until I’m forced to do something to make them stop.
“What are you thinking?” Crush asks, and suddenly I notice that he’s holding a crushed penny in his hand; actually, he’s rubbing the penny between his thumb and forefinger.
“Do you think saving someone’s life cancels out taking another person’s life?”
He looks horrified by this question. “What? What do you mean?”
“I mean exactly what I said. If you kill someone, can you erase that sin by saving someone else’s life?”
He drops the penny onto the bar. “Why would you ask me that?” I wait for him to pick up the penny before I reply.
“Look, it’s just a question. No need to freak out. I didn’t kill anyone.”
“That’s not what I was implying.” He shakes his head. “Just excuse the minor spaz-out. The answer to your question is no. I don’t think saving someone’s life cancels out killing someone else.”
He casts his eyes downward after he says this; a sure sign that he’s lying or he’s hiding something. “Have you ever killed anyone?”