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♥ 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.
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?”
Fate. I cannot resist a story about fate, so when I found out about BLACK BOX, there was no doubt in my mind that I would read it. Everything about this story drew me in, and held me captive within it’s pages, and I was so ready to give this book a huge, well deserved 5 stars.
You can feel that there’s a “but” coming can’t you? We’ll get back to that.
I love that in the synopsis, it calls this an “epic love story” because for me, it really was. This is the type of unique, brilliantly thought out storyline that I wish there was more of. It was filled with hard times, and mystery, and a young couple who were destined to find each other. But would it be enough to save them?
I don’t want to really get into the story too much, because I want you to experience it for yourselves, as I did. But I will say that other than the aspect of fate, there were two things that I really loved in this book. 1 – Absolutely everything to do with Black Box within the story. I love how it was all related and brought the characters together.
And 2 – From the synopsis, it’s pretty obvious that Mikki suffers with her mental health. I loved how that wasn’t downplayed to make it seem like love can cure anything, and that just because she now had officially met Crush, didn’t mean that the urges she felt towards taking her life had magically disappeared.
Now I guess is as good a time as any to get back to that “but” I mentioned earlier. The ending. Endings are really important to the overall feel of the book for me, and whether it end in tragedy or a big HEA, I don’t care. But a story needs to go out with a strong ending. And after being so in love with story from the very beginning, I was more than a little disappointed that the book just…ended. It was a real “Oh! That’s it?” moment.
BUT (yep, there’s another but) I really did love the rest of the book wholeheartedly. Now I’m going to end my review on a quote. This was something that Crush’s Grandpa once said to him, and I think it’s fairly fitting.
“Not all stories have happy endings; but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth the read.”
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
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.