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.
This is only the second book from Ashley that I’ve read. Hell, this was a complete 360 from the first one I read, I enjoyed this one more.
It was written in three POVs from three main characters, Kayla Reynolds, Miles Blackwell and Merrick Drake. A rather quick and relaxing read might I say.
The book started with a break up letter from Kayla to Trevor. They had a three and a half year relationship and Kayla ran after Trevor proposed. I went what the fuck? Someone wants to spend the rest of their life with you. Someone wants to commit to you and you run? What is wrong with this picture? I totally thought Kayla was a stupid bitch. She definitely didn’t start off on the right foot with me for sure. Also, who breaks up a three year relationship via a letter? She, obviously! She definitely wasn’t in my good books. I felt sorry for Trevor. Three and a half years, Kayla!?! Have some fucking decency, tell the poor guy face to face, he deserve that much at least! Kayla was a total coward. So anyway, I had to move on. Btw, my positive opinion of Trevor flew out the window completely later in the book. He wasn’t what I thought.
Just settling down in a small town was never what Kayla Reynolds pictured her life to be. Since she was a little girl, she wanted to be an entertainment news anchorwoman. Now, with a degree in Journalism, she can fulfill this life long dream. Staying in a small town like Cortland was not an option for this dream to come true. I assume, Trevor was content being where he was and if being married to him means staying in that small town, she has no other option but to pack up and leave when a job opportunity became available at ETV, the largest broadcasting company in New York City.
With a mind set to succeed and hoping to become a successful businesswoman, Kayla left her wild and carefree life in Cortland. She only wants to focus solely on her career so her personal love life is going to take a backseat as well. Nothing is going to come between her dreams. Well…since when does anything ever goes as planned huh?
Miles Blackwell, CEO and part owner of ETV. He is incredibly handsome, absolutely GQ material, charming, smooth, a total package. Miles was born into a life of privilege, never had to work hard for anything. A total ladies man, living the high life, never dated never wanted to commit, a life style that he’s perfectly content with until one early morning in the elevator of ETV, his whole world would change. Kayla meets Miles. Miles meets Kayla. He was totally captivated by this stunningly beautiful woman.
Merrick Drake, owner of McShane Irish Pub and Dirt Bike Racer. A total eye candy, extremely attractive, tall, very muscular, short brown hair, gorgeous big brown eyes and tatted covered arms. Mmm…yummylicious. Totally my type! Kayla’s first encountered this eye candy on Tipsy Tuesday, a ETV social gathering. He had a thing for Kayla as well. He was inexplicably drawn to her.
Both men play a major role in her life. How? You ask. I sure as hell won’t tell you. Also, halfway through the book there’s a major mind fuck twist that I sure as fuck did not see coming. I was all O_O, what the fuck just happened?!?!?! When life throws Kayla a curveball, instead of trying to find a solution to fix it, she runs. Will she stop running? Who will help her find her way and guide her through this life journey?
Since this is a pretty quick read, I don’t want to give anything away so your solution, if you want to know what the hell I’m trying to tell you in my review, is to get the book. But what I can tell you is that there is a happy ever after. If you love Merrick as much as I do, you’re in luck because a book dedicated to him is coming out late this fall.
I can truly say that I enjoyed this book. It’s a sweet little romance that tugged at my heart plenty throughout the book. I like the fact that it’s not draggy and long winded. And there were parts that reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada movie. I love that movie. Happy Reading!! *Lady H*
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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.