Saturday, November 16, 2013


Review of Running From Forever by Ashley Wilcox


*This is a standalone novel 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?

Review:  Let's start with the positives.  This story was quick, so I was able to read it in one afternoon.  It is a standalone so there is no cliffhanger ending.  The main character Kayla was okay, but I would have liked to see more of a back-story to her and Miles.  The story was good, but felt rushed.  The secondary character who redeemed this story for me is Merrick, the hot, tattooed bartender.  Yummy!  Now for the negatives.  This story felt like there were large time gaps that should have been filled in.  It would have made the story more cohesive and not felt so scattered.  I also felt this story skipped too large of a gap between the ending and the epilogue. If the main story was more detailed, I might feel differently about that epilogue.  A HUGE pet-peeve of mine is the insta-love phenomenon.  I can appreciate a story about a girl who falls in love with an executive (or anyone for that matter) - but not in 5 days.  The whole falling in love within a week is too far-fetched and over-used in romance novels these days.  I like to connect with my stories and feel a connection with the characters, and I was unable to do that in this case.  I felt like this story was over just as it was starting.  All things considered, it was a quick read that kept me entertained.  If you don't mind the insta-love phenomenon, give it a try - you may like it. :)

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