Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Black Box by Cassia Leo ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Title: Black Box

Authors: Cassia Leo

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: March 10 2014

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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.

Lisa’s Review


4 “Fateful” Stars

“There’s a little blackness inside us all.”



Black Box by Cassia Leo is my first book by this author. Well….color me impressed. This is a well-written, thoughtful, real and very raw look at a painful and heart-breaking journey of two individuals who have been brought together by fate. More than once. The pair have separately experienced harsh tragedies in their lives. They keep crossing paths. With this last chance encounter can they hold tight to one another, change their destined paths and take a chance at love?




Nineteen-year-old Mikki Gladstone is barely hanging on. She is painfully broken and the treacherous road she travels daily is becoming harder and harder. Mikki is tired – tired of dumbing down the pain, tired of medications that change who she is and tired of living. She has no more fight left. At the end of her rope, Mikki devises a plan and books a flight to Los Angeles. Her every intention is to end her life with no interferences from her well-meaning family. Fate, however, intervenes and Mikki finds herself stranded with a gorgeous stranger who seems oddly familiar to her.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush Slayer is a university student and is sort of coasting through life. He carries an enormous amount of guilt over a tragedy that occurred in his past. Music is a life source for Crush, a way to deal with all his pent up emotions and guilt-ridden thoughts. While Crush may not have great aspirations to become a famous musician, he decides to travel to Los Angeles to record a demo of his song called Black Box. This is a song with a depth of meaning for Crush, a song he wrote about a stranger. Stranded at the terminal due to a snow storm, Crush encounters a very lost looking girl. He decides to reach out to her not understanding the strange pull he feels towards her. Fate is about to change the course of Crush’s life once again with this purposeful encounter in Terminal B.






As Mikki and Crush slowly begin to talk and start to open up to one another they realize that they have played extremely important roles in the other’s life. Their paths have crossed before and as the pieces start to come together, Mikki and Crush become painfully aware that their lives are intertwined by tragedy, heartache and emotional wreckage. I do not want to say much more than this when it comes to the plot as part of the joy of reading this book was witnessing how this huge puzzle comes together with the “black box” having a central and crucial role. This author does a stellar job giving her reader a story that flows flawlessly and gradually builds, one piece at a time.

Mikki and Crush discover and learn that while fate may play a role in predetermining your future, sometimes you are given the chance to rewrite the path you are on and therefore change your destiny. Sometimes we think that the course of our life is heading in a certain direction and everything suddenly changes with one fateful encounter or circumstance. The profound connection that Mikki and Crush have is so very tangible. They find a lifeline in one another, a saving grace. The fact that fate intervened and had them meeting in Terminal B was a chance at happiness for both of them. However, it was up to Mikki and Crush as to determine whether they would walk through the door that was being opened for them. I want to state that I tend to love books that end up all neatly wrapped up and tied together with a beautiful bow. I can’t say that this is the case for Black Box. With this being said, I admit that I adored the way that this author ends the book. It does end happily but what I loved the most about the ending is the fact that it is up to us, the reader, to determine where Mikki and Crush will end up. I loved having that in my hands. The future for the pair has so much potential and I, for one, loved the fact that the endless possibilities are left up to me and my imagination.

All in all, Black Box was an incredibly real portrayal of how life can sometimes take a toll on individuals who may not necessarily be equipped to deal with all the hard knocks. It is a book about taking a chance on what may come your way. And, this is ultimately a book about the power of love, how it is strong enough to pull us from the pits of despair. How love may just be strong enough to go up the bitch that is fate.









Black Box

Chapter 8



Staring into Mikki’s green eyes, I swear I’m looking into my own. She’s hiding something from me that I haven’t quite figured out yet, but I’m positive it has to do with her trip to L.A. There has to be a reason someone as skittish as her decided to have coffee with me rather than go home when her flight was canceled. And there’s definitely a reason greater than curiosity for the question she just asked me.

If it weren’t her asking, this would be the point in our conversation where I begin to suspect her of being an undercover cop or journalist. But it is Mikki. And something about this girl tells me she’s not here to find out what happened in a dark parking lot three years ago.

“That’s a trick question,” I reply. “If I tell you I’ve never killed anyone, then you’ll think I’m a good guy and you’ll stay, because even though it’s not a very exciting answer, it means you’re safe. But if I tell you I’ve killed someone, you may find it intriguing or frightening. Either way, intrigued or scared, you’ll probably try to get the fuck away from me, and I don’t think I’m ready for that.”

She smiles as she looks down at her fingers, which she’s tapping on the surface of the bar. “That’s a real suave way to dodge the question. It also sounds like something a murderer would say.”


She looks up and meets my gaze again. “Who did you kill?”

I pause for a moment as I try to figure out where she’s going with this conversation. Then it hits me. “Do you want to die?”

“What?” she asks, shaking her head far too adamantly. “That’s … that’s a stupid question.”

“Why is it a stupid question?”

“Because,” she snaps at me. “It’s just stupid. I don’t want to die.”

She continues to look down at her hands, which are still trembling as she fidgets with her silver thumb-ring. I get an urge to grab her hand again, to stop the trembling and fidgeting, but I don’t.

“I’m sorry. I guess that was kind of a stupid question. I was just wondering why a pretty girl like you would hang out with me when you could be at home in your warm bed with your pjs on. Or out with your friends … or your boyfriend.”

She finally chuckles. “So, accusing me of wanting to die is your way of avoiding my question or is it just a really messed-up way of asking me if I have a boyfriend?”

“It’s just me being a total dick. And … do you have a boyfriend?”

“No.” She looks up and fixes me with a steely glare. “Most guys don’t appreciate a girl who’s crazy and also doesn’t put out.” I’m not quite sure how to respond to this statement. It’s probably best to change the subject or reach for a joke. “Yeah, I know how you feel. Most girls don’t appreciate a guy who can cite Shakespeare and won’t put out. Actually, I think that’s a line from Macbeth.”

Her glare melts into a reluctant smile. “You’re not a total dick.”

“Still not putting out.”



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Author Bio

cassia-leo-2_thumb[1]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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