Review: Running from Forever by Ashley Wilcox

Running from Forever by Ashley WIlcox

Running from Forever by Ashley Wilcox
Series: The Forever Series #5 (but can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: September 22nd 2013
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

***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?

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I went into Running from Forever not knowing it was part of a series, or that it was a spinoff of another book in the series, Waiting on Forever. So if you’re like me, rest assured that Running from Forever can be read as a standalone. It’s a great new adult, contemporary romance. If you love that genre, be sure to check Running from Forever out!

“How do you know when to stop?” she looked back up to me in question.
“Stop what?” I asked.
“Running? How do you know when to stop?” She took a break, pausing. “When is running no longer an option?”

Kayla is a runner. When things get complicated, she runs from her problems. And in the beginning of the book, her boyfriend of three years has just proposed to her, and she’s planning on running away. She doesn’t want to be married, and instead, wants to go after her dream job in New York. Kayla’s a pretty interesting heroine. She’s honest about herself, about what she wants, about what she doesn’t want, and she’s very headstrong. She goes after what she wants, in this case, her job, and she doesn’t let anything bring her down.

At her new job, Kayla meets the attractive and mysterious Miles Blackwell. He’s the CEO of the place where Kayla works, which basically means he’s her boss. But, when Kayla meets him, she doesn’t know who he is. He’s just a very attractive man, and what I loved was that even though it’s lust at first sight for Kayla, she doesn’t act on those feelings right away. To Kayla, Miles is just another wealthy, too good-looking man, and she doesn’t need complications that involve him now that she’s working her way towards her dream job. But Miles is intrigued by Kayla, and they get to know each other more and eventually want to have a relationship. The fact that they work in the same building isn’t really an issue though.

Running from Forever is told from three points of views. The first part is narrated by Kayla. We get the gist of her new life, and her tentative relationship with Miles. The second narrator is Merrick Drake, a bartender Kayla meets and eventually befriends. I wasn’t sure why he became important enough to have his own POV in the book, because he’s not very prominent in the first part of the book. But as I read more, I could see why the author included him. He and Kayla click. They’re similar people, in that they’re both runners. They become fast friends, but never more than that. This is not a love triangle. When Miles and Kayla run into problems and complications, Kayla turns to Merrick, but just as a friend. This was such a refreshing thing to read, because usually, there’s always that other guy the heroine turns to who ends up being a love interest. But nope, Merrick isn’t a love interest!

Finally, the last narrator is Miles. We see another side of Miles through his POV. He’s not always the cool, calm, and collected CEO of his company. He has his faults, and when he messes up, he tries to make things right. I’m not sure how I felt about Miles. I certainly liked him better through his POV than through Kayla’s, but I still never quite liked him as much as I wanted to.

Between Miles and Merrick, Kayla learns to believe in herself more. She realizes that she doesn’t always need to run away anymore. She has people who she can love and trust and fall back on, and she realizes that she wants that happily ever after she never thought she’d get.

“I’m done running,” she repeated softly. “You’re my forever. I’m done running from happiness.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn’t love it, but I still had a nice time reading it. It has an intense, angsty romance, with interesting characters. By the way, I think the cover is gorgeous! Totally eye-catching, and made me want to read the book even more.

3 hearts!

3-hearts

lacey

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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