27 September 2013

Running From Forever Tour Stop!

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?

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.”

This book starts out with a what the heck moment. I'll admit I didn't like Kayla at first and for the first part of the book didn't really care about her at all.  She grew on me though!!  The book is split into POV's from the 3 main characters, Kayla, Merrick and Miles.  Because of that, the story does seem a little bit rushed. But overall, it was a good and quick read.  I enjoyed the book once I got into it. But this is one where the characters fall in instant love.

The story, I thought, was supposed to be about Kayla running from a long term relationship, starting a new life and making her own way in the world. The story, the way I saw it was not that.  Kayla left her boyfriend, Trevor, after he proposed to her, started a new job on a Monday and met a hot guy in the elevator within minutes of entering the building, bumped into him again on Tuesday, had lunch with him on Wednesday, slept with him on Thursday and by Friday they were declaring undying love for each other.  It progressed much too quickly for my liking.
Miles is a little too smooth for my taste, but his emotions seem genuine and he does the right thing for Kayla.  His interactions with his sister, Kayla's boss, are a little strange, but he is overall a likeable character, and well developed.  I hope he appears more in some of the other books.
Merrick... I love Merrick.  I am for sure Team Merrick.  However...he loves Kayla and then all of a sudden they are like brother/sister.  No explanation for that, and that, combined with the instant love was what kept this from being a 5 heart read for me.
There is a good twist in the story, which I did not see coming, which leads to a conflict.  It is resolved, I think, a little too quickly.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but there were a few things that kept it from being outstanding.



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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