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?
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.
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.”
I love books with a male POV, so the fact that Ms Wilcox gave me 2 male POVs made me want to squeeze her hard.
Kayla chooses to run from a life she fears is too settled and leaves her boyfriend of 3 years to head for the city lights and hope of a future she has always wanted.
It is here she meets not one but two men who are set to shape that future with her.
Hottie number 1 - Miles Blackwell, rich, sexy, flirty, suave and technically her boss. She meets him by the elevator, and we all know about elevators don’t we!
‘His eyes carried from mine down the length of my body, leaving a blazing line of fire in their wake” Kayla
Hottie number 2 - Merrick muscular, fitted tees, oh and did I mention tattoos
‘He was very attractive, catching me off guard. He was the kind of guy I would’ve been all over not too long ago – tall, very muscular, short brown hair that matched his big brown eyes, wnt there were his tattoos…they covered his arms disappearing up into his fitted black tee’ Kayla
Ya’ll still with me? Yes, ok I’ll continue.
So you may be asking, what is the problem? Two hot men, one pretty girl what can possibly go wrong!
No spoilers here let’s just say it’s complicated but an enjoyable journey, this story flowed, surprised, shocked & soothed in all the right places.
Kayla’s best friend Leah – funny, funny girl:
“I’m serious, K. Guys you meet in elevators are always ones with a secret or some shady life or something” Leah
“You read too much” Kayla
Ms Wilcox has given us a love triangle with a twist, but it’s also much more than this.
A sexy romance that tugs at your heart.
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