A standalone novel about a girl, a boy, and fate.
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 two 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.
♥ MY 5 STAR REVIEW ♥
“Don’t worry, son, not all stories have happy endings; but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth the read.”
I was mesmerized, overwhelmed and completely and utterly captivated. Black Box is beautiful and heartbreaking.
“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.”- Black Box
I loved the concept of this book. The blurb grabbed me and made me take notice. What I did not expect was the loss of my heart. This book stole it. Period!
“The pain is just a subtle reminder of how alive I felt with you.”- Black Box
I have sat here trying to think of something that I could write or say that could do it justice. How can I convey the sentiments and the depths that this book moved my heart.
“It means that I… Fuck. I think I’ve loved you for longer than I care to admit and I’m just starting to understand why. And I want you to stay.”
The ugly and horrific truths in this book will break your heart. I was sad. I felt heartbroken, crushed and just over all my brain was on overload. There is not a perfect love and let me say, I wanted that. I begged Ms. Leo in my mind over and over please allow these two broken souls to find it. How they deserve it!
Do you believe in fate? Do you think things happen for a reason? Is all planned and pegged out on a map of this thing called life? What if just one moment of being brave and making a different choice could change it all?
Sometimes our lives are so twisted and entertained and we don’t know why. We cannot see the big picture.
This story… I want to tell you so many things, I just think giving away any of it’s secrets do not allow you to feel it and live it with them, and everyone needs that.
“This is called ‘Black Box’, for the girl who holds the key to mine.”
Mikki and Crush are now cherished and loved by me. They made question my thoughts on love and life. They made me take stock. This book was a journey of healing and trust. Each and every kiss healed and fused pieces of broken into something new. Something different. I was holding my breath at various points during this story.
“I hate that you saved me. But, most of all, I hate that you love me because now I love you and I don’t know how to make it stop.”
Mikki has had so much heartache and ugly. I am amazed she is standing upright.
“I love that you hate me, too. Both of those emotions require a lot of energy. Don’t make me go all Harvard on you and tell you the scientific difference between loving and hating someone.”
Crush has had his fair share of awful and unfair too. He is strong and so kind.
“I want to kiss you, but I want to do it when you’re least expecting it. Is that okay?”
I am ever so grateful for Crush and Mikki’s story. I think that this book will always be in my mind, it is now etched in my soul.
I am telling you now, read this book and let it in. Bravo Ms. Leo – you have once again, written a story I cannot live without. I loved it with all my circuits!
“There’s a little blackness inside all of us.”
♥ EXCERPT ♥
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.
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?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading–sometimes both.