Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of Running from Forever by Ashley Wilcox


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?

Kathy says:

This book is a great, well written, quick read.  A feel-good romance and story of self discovery during the pivotal time in a girl's life right after college.  With so many emotional tear jerker books on the market it is refreshing to read a nice, happy romance.  It's like curling up with hot chocolate on a cold day.  Relaxing, soothing, and enjoyable.  You want to savor every delicious drop.  

Kayla Reynolds is a runner.  When things get tough she runs.  The day after her boyfriend of three years proposes she is out the door.  The big apple is calling her name.  Bright lights and the big city are a great escape from the small town life Kayla has been living.  NYC is the gateway to her dreams.

During the first week of a new job in the city Kayla meets Miles Blackwell, high powered CEO (and her boss's sister) along with Merrick Drake, bartender extraordinaire.  Both men will play an important role in her life and perhaps one will convince her to stop Running from Forever.

The book is split into three sections - each section written in the point of view (POV) of the three main characters.  I love reading male POVs.  They are always enlightening and this book did not disappoint.  Halfway through the book there is a major plot twist that I did not see coming. It turned the entire book around and was a great "WHAT?!?" jaw dropping moment.  I loved it! 

"I never believed you were lost."  Smiling and nodding her head, Kayla agreed.  "I know. I was just at a crossroads, but now I know the direction I need to go."

It was because of her that I saw a life like I had never seen before, because of her that I felt love that I never knew existed.

Ashley Wilcox has made me a believer in her books.  Each character was lovable and well developed. The storyline was interesting and engaging. This book earned 4 bright stars from me and I can't wait to read more in The Forever Series!

This book is the spinoff of Waiting on Forever with no prior books needed to be read before it.

An ARC of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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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.”

ashley wilcox

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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