Thursday, September 26, 2013

Running from Forever 
Ashley Wilcox

~ Synopsis ~

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?
~ Excerpt ~

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.”

~ About the Author ~

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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~ Review ~
Please note that this book is a spin-off from Waiting on Forever and therefore can be read as a standalone novel.

When I started this book I was like, “What??” who ends a 3 year relationship with a goodbye letter….well apparently Kayla Reynolds does.  Kayla leaves everything for New York and a new job opportunity.  And a chance to reinvent herself or is she just running?  Running from her past, her reputation and life itself.

Kayla arrives in New York is eager to begin her job at ETV and pursue her dream job and may just land herself a dream man too.   I mean who wouldn’t swoon for a tall, dark and sexy executive you meet in the elevator who ends up being your boss.  Enter Miles Blackwell, the swoon-worthy executive and co-owner of ETV. 

While trying to make friends with her co-workers Kayla joins them for “Tipsy Tuesday” at a local bar and meets Merrick.    The sexy bartender that is wrapped up in nothing but muscles and tattoos.

Things progress rather rapidly between Kayla and Miles.  I mean she ran away from a 3 yr relationship with Trevor and was jumping into bed with Miles all within a 2 week time period. It had me wondering if there wasn’t a little more to the story that I just wasn’t seeing.  

So who does one turn to when things get too tough to handle……Merrick.   It looked like maybe Merrick had some feelings for Kayla too.  Their relationship was playful, their banter entertaining and their common ground, undeniable.  Not being a fan of love triangles I was waiting to see where the author took this and I was pleasantly surprised.

Miles was determined to not let Kayla leave his life as quickly as she had entered it.  He pulls out all of the stops to win her back.  I mean is there really a time frame in which one falls in love?  Could it be that sometimes when  you find the “one” you just  know that you no longer need to run.

This story covered a wide range of emotions for me.  At first I was like, who does that?  Then I was like “Well hello there!” , followed with hmmm….must be hiding something, oh no that did not just happen and YAY! 

You can bet that I will be picking up “Permanent Lines”  when it releases late 2013 to see where our sexy bartender Merrick ends up.

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