Retrograde – Forget Me Not (Elite #1) Read Online Niccoyan Zheng

Categories Genre: Romance Tags Authors: Series: Elite Series by Niccoyan Zheng
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Total pages in book: 91
Estimated words: 84976 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 425(@200wpm)___ 340(@250wpm)___ 283(@300wpm)
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Nicco and Karissa Carisi are the perfect couple with an ideal life, or so it seemed. One tragic event changes everything and rips them apart.
They have both moved on. However, Nicco has unfinished business and Karissa holds the key. Does she want to unlock the door for Nicco? Karissa is presented with two choices; she can be held hostage by their past or she can accept the present and build a future with Nicco.
Nicco has only one choice, right a wrong and regain the only thing that truly matters. Will he be able to convince Karissa that he has learned from the past?

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Playlist

I found that music was pivotal in connecting me to the characters as I wrote this book. Here is a list of songs that spoke to me.

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson

Better in Time – Leona Lewis

Be Without You – Mary J. Blige

Breakeven – The Script

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Ms. Lauryn Hill

Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston

Don’t You Remember – Adele

Halo – Beyoncé

Just Fine – Mary J. Blige

The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanics

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Nobody Knows – The Tony Rich Projects

See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) – Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth

Stay – Rihanna, Mikky Ekko

Stranger in My House – Tamia

Wait for You – Elliott Yamin

Wicked Game – Chris Issak

Work – Rihanna, Drake

To the loveliest of tribes, because you can indeed choose your family. To the most supportive darlings of SFAM, Kim L., Tanya (Tee), Viv, and Ro.

“The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.”

Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Prologue

NICCO

2018

Nicco knew she preferred he didn’t call while driving, but the need to tell her was suddenly overwhelming.

“Love you, Cara Bella.” He told her as soon as she answered the phone.

“Love you too! Be safe, Baby.” Karissa responded.

He couldn’t help but laugh as she immediately disconnected the call. His woman was overly cautious, but he had placed the call through the hands-free device.

His self-satisfied smile wavered briefly as the song ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth began its haunting melody. He switched the station then stopped as Rihanna’s song ‘Work’ filled the car.

Nicco Carisi couldn’t be happier, he had everything a man could wish for and then some. It took a split second to bring his happiness to a screeching halt and literally flip his life on its side.

There was no time to react to the runaway truck that T-boned the driver side of Nicco’s vehicle. The shock of having his seat belt tighten in his lap, across his torso, and shoulder, trapping him to his seat, robbed him of his ability to react. Trapped and immobile, he was powerless to prevent his head from being violently snapped first to the right and then to the left onto the driver window.

The smell of smoke filled the cockpit of the car. Fine white powder exploded from the airbag filling the space with suffocating particles after it too slammed into his side. It filtered into his nostrils and mouth as he tried to take in laboured breaths.

Rihanna’s admonishing “Beg you something, please Baby don't you leave–” was abruptly interrupted, by a calming voice. “Mr. Carisi, this is Antoinette from Audi Connect, we have detected the vehicle has been in a collision and your side air bags have deployed. Emergency services are on the way.”

Crunching metal, broken flying glass, and the unmistakable smell of burnt rubber filled the air. The horn of the pickup blared unceasingly as it announced the horror of the two crushed vehicles. Onlookers’ voices blended in a cacophony of shock and terror.

“Son, I’m going to need you to stay awake.” His Father’s voice sounded like it was travelling through time, but it was no less commanding. It was perplexing because it had been years since he heard the commanding voice of his father, who had passed on years ago.

“I can’t Dad, I’m so tired.” His voice sounded faint to his own ears. Had the words even made it past his lips?

“Nicco, you can, and you will! I am getting you out of here.” Dominic released the seatbelt and with what seemed no effort, lifted Nicco’s large body out of the car.

Onlookers tried to approach the luxury vehicle that now sat crushed and mangled. The intense heat radiating from the car along with the immediate area was unbearable as was the blinding white light. The illumination was so bright, that it almost made it impossible to make out the white-haired gentleman cradling his grown son in his arms.

Chapter One

KARISSA

Maybe she should get down on her knees?

Karissa remained glued to her seat, doubt plaguing her. Was that how it was done? This had to count, as everything was on the line! It had to be meaningful… She was doing this for the man she loved.


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