Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hardcover Therapy Presents 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?


My Review

5 of 5 Running From Forever

Running From Forever is an incredible story that had me on the edge of my seat. I loved every minute of it. 

Kayla is a runner. She runs instead of staying and trying. If it scares her she is out. She is like Nike she just does it! Kayla has finished college and is ready to move on with her career. Her longtime boyfriend proposes to her and she runs of to New York to start her career. Once in New York she lands her dream job and she is so excited about how things are going that when she meets Miles he totally takes her by surprise and she can't stop thinking about him.

But then she meets Merrick who she has this instant connection with. Merrick is like a brother and then some and together Kayla and Merrick share a past and present because they both share running away from things instead of facing them and they both hold their deep dark secrets so no one will know what they have gone through.

But Miles is determined to have Kayla and no matter how hard she pushes and how far she thinks she can run Miles will be there. Will she run with Merrick or will she run to Miles instead of away? This is such an emotional story that I laughed and I cried and I yelled but the ending holy shizz I loved every moment of it!


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.


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.

Do you listen to music while you write? No. I wish I could but I can’t focus. I’ve tried it many, many times, but I always end up turning it off. I find myself paying more attention to the song being played than the book I’m writing. So nope, I write in complete silence.

What's you favorite snack/beverage you must have while writing? I have a sweet tooth when I’m writing. I’m not a big sweets person, but when I’m writing I love having chocolate or something like that. Oh, and coke. I’m a coke drinker- need that caffeine!

What can we expect to see from you in the future? Right now, I’m working on Merrick’s book, Permanent Lines. It’s a standalone- will not be considered part of The Forever Series. I have a book that has been lingering in my head that I really would like to write- Kate’s List. It’s NOTHING like any of my other books. The characters are actually much older- middle aged. Then I promised a follow up book to Summer Rush that I plan on getting out in 2014.

If you could take one book with you on vacation, what would it be and why? Waiting on Forever. I don’t know why, but I have a strong emotional attachment to that book. I love it. I cry and get all swarmed with butterflies every time I read it. And by the way, it’s the only book by me that I have EVER read again after publishing.

Tell us one unique fact about yourself. I’m incredibly quiet and shy in new environments and/or around people I don’t know. Meeting new people is not one of my strongest points. I can talk to people online just fine, but in person, over the phone…it takes a lot of willpower to work through it. So if you ever meet me in person and I seem stand-off-ish at first, it’s not you, it’s me!





Giveaway: 1 Kindle Paperwhite & 2 signed copies of Running From Forever
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful book! I finished it a few days ago and cannot get it out of my head. It is pure magic. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. Thank you so much.
    Fifty Shades