Saturday, 15 March 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cassia Leo's "Black Box".

Displaying BB_UK.jpgThe Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Cassia Leo's "Black Box."


♥️ 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.

Blog Tour Review: Jo Rushton

"Black Box" is a truly unique story about fate and true love so if you are looking for something a little different then this book is definitely for you.

"Black Box" told the story of Mikki and Crush. Mikki's life had been filled with nothing but tragedy.. it has been a long, miserable road, the pain of everything she had been through becoming more and more unbearable until the only option left was to end her life. This plan involves catching a plane to LA. 

Crush was a musician on his way to L.A to record a demo for a song and just so happened to be on the same flight... same place, same time? Fate intervening maybe? You could say that although this wasn't the first time this pair had met. 

Mikki and Crush were forced to spend the next few days together, getting to know each other and this gave them the ideal opportunity to open up their hearts and share their secrets. So where does "black box" fit into the equation? Well, the more they talked, the more they realised that they both had a deep connection through said "black box."

My heart broke for Mikki in this story. I felt so sorry for her and the sadness that she had endured. The experiences she had been through were so awful. When Crush came along, and they began to fall in love, he gave her a reason to live. Mikki needed Crush to help her through the darkness and into the light and I desperately wanted to see her happy because she truly deserved it.

"Its not just people who change. The world changes when we change. You can't deny it or 
prevent it. the minute you glimpse a future that isn't entirely filled with loneliness and despair, 
the world becomes a different place. Maybe the world isn't black. Maybe it's more like
 a murky grey with flashes of color here and there. Blink and you'll miss them." 

I loved Crush.  He was there for Mikki when she needed him most, treating her with so much love patience and understanding for everything she had been through. These two were soul mates, destined to be together.

"I feel like I have known you all my life. I don't want that feeling to go away. 
I want to know you all my life." 

I found that this story really got me thinking, my mind was working overtime wandering what and why? As I read more and more of the story I began to get answers, little pieces to the "Black Box" puzzle fitting together bit by bit. 

I loved the relationship between Mikki and Crush and loved how the story ended however I was a little disappointed that there wasn't an epilogue. I would have loved to see what the future held for Mikki and Crush.

"Black box" was written from either Mikki or Crushes point of view, giving me an insight into not only their true feelings and thoughts but also what had happened in their past. I felt that knowing what each of them had been through was essential to the story.

Overall I thought that this was a good read that was unlike anything I had ever read before. I give "Black Box" 4 fateful hearts! 

Excerpt:  Crush 

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.” 

Author Bio:

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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