Monday, March 17, 2014

Tour Stop: BLACK BOX by Cassia Leo ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Black Box
Author: Cassia Leo
Tour hosted by: Holly's Red Hot Reviews

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

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.


I nod and ask Jimmy to get another round of dirty martinis ready. “How do you like that martini?”
She picks up the martini glass and guzzles down the rest of the drink, leaving the olive at the bottom. “Delicious.” She grabs the other glass that Jimmy just set down in front of her and takes another long swig. “Definitely the best martini I’ve ever had in Boston.”
“Have you ever had a martini in Boston?” I ask, then I guzzle the rest of my first martini so I can keep up with her.
“Not nice, young lady.” Jimmy chides her and she lifts her martini glass to him.
“Still the best,” she declares, then she finishes martini number two.
Jimmy throws me a brief glance that probably means, Where’d you find this one? or, Am I gonna have to eighty-six her at eleven a.m.?
“Maybe you should eat a little something before you transform into a walking dirty martini. All you had was half a muffin.”
“The bottom,” she clarifies, looking at Jimmy. “I’m not hungry.”
“I make a pretty mean green olive and maraschino cherry kabob,” I reply, and Jimmy lifts the condiment tray onto the bar.
I grab a toothpick and stack two olives and two cherries, then I hold it out to her. Her face looks a little gray as she shoots my concoction a look of disgust.
“I said I’m not hungry. You eat it.”
I pop the toothpick into my mouth and pull it out clean. The bitter brine of the olives hits me first, then the cloying sweetness of the cherries. I take my first chew and it all explodes into a squishy mess in my mouth.
“That’s disgusting,” she remarks.
I gulp down the rest of my shit-kabob and Jimmy shakes his head as he sets a glass of ice water on the bar for me to wash it down. “Yeah, but it got you to stop jonesin’ for a martini for two minutes.”
She rolls her eyes. “I’m more of a beer girl, anyway.”
“You and I are going to get along very well.”
“I thought we were already getting along pretty well.”

I loved this story!! It was edgier than what I am use to with this author but it worked and I couldn't read it fast enough. I felt an instant connection to Mikki. She was broken and I just wanted to fix her. When her truth finally came to light it was really hard to read and incredibly heartbreaking. I am tearing up just thinking about it. A MUST READ!!

Unexpected, beautiful and will not soon be forgotten. 5 Stars!! ~Christy

About the author...
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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