♥️ 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.
Heartache, fear, happiness, sadness, love, fate. I had so many emotions bubbled up inside me and I felll in love with Black Box from the very first to the very last word. There are events that occur in people’s lives that tear them apart leaving them with no idea how to survive. Couple that with severe depression and they are left completely shattered and hopeless—there is no way out, no happiness. It is debilitating. How can you go from hopeless to hopeful? Can you overcome the pain and unending sadness and find a way to live your life to the fullest?
Black Box opened my eyes to the truth behind depression and the mind crippling emotional pain that is felt. The pain that a person lives with daily and their desire to end the pain that they can’t hold in any longer. Cassia explored the topic so perfectly, and I was left breathless with her words.
Mikki is bipolar and struggles with so much sadness. A tragic event from her past coupled with her illness determines her fate. She decides to take matters into her own hands and heads off to California to end it all, leaving behind a note.
Crush is a musician who also has a troubled past. He is looking to turn his life around and is off to California with the hopes of making his dreams come true. He has a heart of gold and has come to be one of my all-time favorite characters.
“…not all stories have happy endings; but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth the read.”
The stars align bringing Nikki and Crush together in the airport where their fates are sealed. With a huge snowstorm going on, both Nikki and Crush are left stranded at the airport. While waiting it out, the two of them are thrown together and wind up spending their wait with each other. They become absorbed with one another—there is such a deep connection between them that you can’t help but wish for a happily ever after.
“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.”
To say I didn’t fall for Crush is a huge understatement. He is just a beautiful character. He’s patient, kind, warm, and oh so hot!! Mikki is incredible and doesn’t realize how strong she really is. Their story is amazing. You come to learn so much about the two of them and how their pasts intertwine creating one of the most beautiful tales I’ve ever read. Two lost souls finding their way in the world–together.
“I love you with all my circuits.”
It’s difficult to write a review for this one without giving anything away. My emotions were all over the place, and I loved every minute of it. You’ll want to experience it for yourself. In typical Cassia fashion, she writes from her soul. You can feel her pouring her heart into her words and you will fall in love. You’ll laugh, cry, get angry, and sit back in wonderment at how brilliant she is. She never ceases to amaze me and proved to me all over again why she’s one of my top ten favorite authors. Do not miss the opportunity to get lost in Black Box!!
About Cassia Leo
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). She is also the author of the popular Luke and Chase series.
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