Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: Running From Forever by Ashley Wilcox

Author: Ashley Wilcox
Release: September 22, 2013
Age Group/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

***This book is a spin-off of Waiting on Forever with no prior books needed to be read before it***

Recent college graduate, Kayla Reynolds was ready to leave the university, sorority life behind. Leaving her boyfriend of over three years, she packed her bags and moved four hours south to the big city…New York City. Bright lights, streets that never sleep, and a business lifestyle that she yearned to have were all at her fingertips.

Kayla Reynolds was chasing her dream.

Determined and eager to make it in the corporate world, Kayla changed everything- her image, lifestyle, and outlook on life, putting her career first and her personal life second. That was until her first day, the first time she got a glimpse of Miles Blackwell. Corporate CEO and part owner of ETV, and not to mention, incredibly handsome, Miles Blackwell took Kayla by surprise, stealing her heart as he did.

But nothing had ever come that easy for Kayla. Life had always seemed to have a personal vendetta against her, stepping in when everything seemed too good to be true, reminding herself of whom she really was. It wasn’t until she met Merrick Drake that she realized when to stop; when running was no longer an option. For the first time in her life she had someone she could relate to; someone who wouldn’t judge- who saw the person she was inside. She and Merrick connected…on more levels than one.

When life was too much to handle, they ran.

But there was only one person that could make Kayla stop for good. Only one man that made her want to stay.

Would Kayla finally stop running or would it all be too much to handle?

*Although this is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone novel.
"I'm just not a fairytale ending kind of girl and deep down I think you know that" - is what Kayla writes in her goodbye letter to Trevor, her boyfriend of three years before she takes off running.
Kayla runs away to New York because she doesn't feel complete.  She doesn't want the small town life that Trevor wants.  She wants to feel something, she wants to feel needed and wanted. She starts off with a new job, new look and an apartment in the heart of the city.  She is working for Connie, a very demanding executive boss at ETV.
On the first day she meets a very sexy man on the elevator.   He is hot, smells delicious and makes her blush. She sees him again on the second day and he invites himself to Tipsy Tuesday staff drinks.  His name is Miles Blackwell and he happens to be the sister of her boss and co-director at ETV.  Kayla and Miles hit it off straight away and he makes her feel things she hasn't in a long time.
"Things were looking up, he was the wind in my sails and I was sailing toward a new sunset." - Kayla
He begins to pursue her, Miles is completely falling for Kayla and she is under his spell.
"My entire body was consumed by tiny little butterflies flapping their wings, taken away by Miles Blackwell" - Kayla
Kayla and Miles return home after a night out to her apartment, which she is currently sharing with her younger sister Madison. They walk into her worst nightmare unfolding before her eyes and that's when she begins to question everything she thought she knew and felt for Miles.  She does what she always does - she runs.  She runs to Merrick, the hot barman who serves her drinks at he local bar.  Merrick is an absolute sweetheart and will do anything to protect Kayla, especially from Miles Blackwell.
Is Kayla always going to keep running or will find her forever after?
I really enjoyed reading this story.  I really enjoyed Merrick and am thrilled that he is getting his own book :)
I give this book 4 stars
*ARC received from author for an honest review*
Guest Reviewer @Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!
Running From Forever (The Forever Series)

Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded. I've waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.
Then there was this book...
Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn't really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn't a big reader- okay, I didn't read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days.
I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).
Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, Planning on Forever was born.
The voices in my head are still talking, so I'm still writing.



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