Blog Tour: Running From Forever by Ashley Wilcox~Review, Giveaway & Excerpt

Title: Running From Forever
Author: Ashley Wilcox
Series: The Forever Series
Hosted by: Hardcover Therapy

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?
***This book is a spin-off of Waiting on Forever with no prior books needed to be read before it***
My Rating: 

My Review:
Running From Forever is all about Kayla Reynolds, who starts of the novel by leaving her boyfriend of over three years, via a note after his marriage proposal. Ouch! She just wasn't ready to settle down.
She moves to New York City having snagged a pretty awesome job at ETV.

Miles Blackwell, co-partner of ETV, walks into her life on the first day on the job. They have a sizzling, instant connection and quickly fall for one another. 
The chemistry between the two was undeniable and it was clear that they were truly in love.

Merrick Drake is the owner of the bar that ETV employees frequent. It was a little difficult to decipher the relationship between him and Kayla. Despite knowing how much she loves Miles, there was also a love for Merrick. He was someone that you instantly fell for. He was protective, funny, and kind. He stole my heart, that's for sure!

While Kayla has love for these two men, they play different roles in her life. 

This book is split into three point of view's: Kayla, Merrick, and Miles. It's always nice to read the male POV and Wilcox did a great job of voicing the 
men. Having all three views heard really helped the story come together perfectly. 

The suspense and plot twist were so unexpected. The suspicion was just being built and then WHAM! The rug gets pulled out from under you. There's a moment where we get a funny feeling about Miles. Something about him is off for just a second but we see it long enough to begin to suspect. Regardless of that, the big secret still took me by surprise.

Running From Forever is a quick read but very well-written. I can't wait to have some more of Merrick!

*An eARC was provided by the author for an honest review. In no way has this affected my opinion on the book.

Exclusive Teaser:
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.