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?
“Time is just a number; there are no rules on how or when to fall as long as you’re ready when you do.”
I am a huge Ashley Wilcox fan! I haven’t missed a book of hers yet, and have no plans to. Running From Forever was different, though. Different, and even better than any of the others I have read by her. That different is what made me love this one more than any of her other books.
Just a few days ago, I posted on facebook about how I love books with multiple POVs, and this one stole my heart with that! I am an emotions girl, and I want to feel what the characters feel. Yeah, I need to know what the characters are doing, but more importantly, I want to know how they feel about it. I want to cry, hurt, laugh, love, and be angry right along with the characters. And I could do that with this one. I was able to get this story from THREE different POVs. My only complaint was that I wanted just a tiny bit from Trevor’s POV.
“I left to be someone new; to become the person I always dreamt of becoming. I left to start fresh in a city that didn’t know me. In a city I could be myself. In a city I could stop running from demons. A place where I didn’t have to settle or pretend to be somebody I wasn’t.”
So this story follows along with a few characters that we have previously seen from Ashley. If you can’t remember who Kayla is, she was Leah’s friend, and we get a few scenes of Leah and Matt in this story too J So, Kayla is running. She felt that her life was not heading in the direction that she wanted and she ran. Kayla ran to a job that hopefully will give her a fresh start and new opportunities. She left behind an ex of 3 years(Trevor) with hardly no explanation. At first I was sad for Trevor but that was short lived. LOL! Because, what happens is, she meets a man that brings out something in her that surprises her. Does she need to jump back into another relationship?? NO! But, does she?? YES!! Who wouldn’t?? He was charming, attractive, and rich. But I have to admit that I had a bad feeling about him(Miles), even if I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen. We all know that feeling of reading a book and getting anxious because you know the happy times have to end at some point.
“As much as Miles Blackwell made my skin crawl with delight, I still had a backbone and would never let a man take my voice.”
I was waiting!! I knew it was coming, and wow, it was a doozy. I was totally thrown back by this twist. And I wanted to ass punch a few people for Kayla. “What a bunch of lying f’in losers” might have been the exact words that came out of my mouth. Ok, so now that Kayla is running again, she runs right into the arms of Merrick. Oh!!! I LOVE Merrick J Merrick is a down to earth, fun, hot, sweet, and all around amazing guy. So, what does a girl do in this situation?? Lying rich boy or amazing hotty?!?! Sounds like an easy decision, huh, but it’s not. And this is where all those different POVs came in handy. I loved being in Kayla, Merrick, and Mile’s heads. A situation always looks so much different when you getting more than just one POV. All these characters had their own reasons for everything they did and I enjoyed every moment of reading about it J
So, in conclusion, if you are looking for a good romance story with a strong female character, a couple of hot guys, a lot of humor, and some quite steamy sex scenes, this one comes highly recommended by me J Happy reading!!!
~ Jennifer L.
She let out an exasperated breath. “No. No, I gotta figure this out.” She turned to face me, legs crossed, intertwined. “I don’t know what to do, Merrick.”
I felt it in my chest. She was lost, pleading for help. I didn’t know if I was the best person to help her. I’d lived just as fucked up a life myself. From the age I could run, I did, staying at friend’s houses almost every day of the week, stopping home quick after school just to make sure my mom hadn’t overdosed and was dead on the floor. I did this almost my whole life…up until I ran here.
“I can’t really help you, babe, if I don’t know what happened,” I told her as sympathetically as I could, looking into her sad eyes. Even if I wasn’t the most qualified person to give advice, I wanted to help, but I also needed to know what happened first.
Kayla rubbed her face with her hands, keeping them over her eyes for a minute longer. She was thinking; questioning if she was ready to spill. I didn’t want to force her to do it, so I sat there quietly. I wish I could just sweep her up and run far, far away; take her away from all the bad in her life permanently, but that would mean I had to run again, and I was done running. I couldn’t do it anymore.
“I loved him.” Her voice was a whisper. She removed her hands from her face but only to look down to her crisscrossed feet. She couldn’t look at me while she told me, and I was okay with that. “I let my guard down when I knew I shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t help it.”
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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.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Just keep writing. With all the crazy that this business can bring, just always remind yourself of one thing…just keep writing.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I love you- each and every one of you! I’m so humbled, emotional, and overwhelmed at the thought that I even have readers. It’s still crazy to me, but I love them regardless- they’re the driving force for me to keep going.
Who is your current/favorite book boyfriend? Travis Maddox. EVERY TIME I read an excerpt or quote of any kind with him my heart does crazy things.
Which character in Running From Forever do you connect with the most? Why? Hmm. Good question. Probably Merrick, and that’s why it didn’t really surprise me when everyone that has read it demanded his own book. He’s just a likable guy- normal- well, kind of. But I found the words flowing effortlessly when I was writing in his point of view, and I’m noticing the same thing as I write his story right now.
If you could have a super hero power, which would you choose and why? To be in more places at once. As a mom and writer, that would make life MUCH more easier.