Tuesday, February 2, 2016

review || EVERY TIME HE LEAVES { book blitz } by Anna Karington

Anna Karington | September 25, 2015 | New Adult Romance
Raeven Sisters, book 1


I’m different now. I won’t be that girl again. I’m in control. I’m the one who’s going to leave him wishing he’d given me his everything when hehad the chance…

Lana Raeven and Jarek Dean shared a night of passion, but the next morning, she woke up alone. Nine years later, Lana works as a successful event coordinator for a prestigious company. Bold and confident in every area but love, she hasn’t ever recovered from Jarek’s abandonment. However, a chance encounter with her former lover grants her an opportunity to take back her power.

Rather than chastising him for his cruelty, she plays unfazed and invites him back into her life. Using her ingenuity and sensuality as weapons, she draws him in with the intention of destroying him as he once destroyed her. But her plan for revenge isn’t as simple as she initially believed, for the more time she spends with Jarek, the more she’s reminded of why she loved him. And if she isn’t careful, she could lose him all over again.
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{ about anna karington } .

Anna is from Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing love stories.

Anna Karington is a pseudonym and fictitious persona.

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{ review } .

Right off the bat, my first thought was this story started abruptly. There wasn't a nice lead in -- we're right in the middle of Lana working on flower arrangements. I felt as if we cut into the middle of a scene, and it took me a little bit to get past that. But soon, we start to get some backstory and the author's way of writing makes sense.

The storyline itself was a tried and true one, a second chance after one of the parties abruptly left years before. In an act of retaliation, more or less, Lana decided to sleep with grown up Jarek, not imagining any consequences. Lana at times came across as snarky, and she put a lot of blame on Jarek, something I wasn't sure he entirely deserved. However, Jarek knew Lana in and out, and it was she he wanted -- so again and again he literally put himself within her bubble, standing a bit closer than publicly acceptable, touching a bit longer as well.

As the story is told in Lana's view point, we see a lot of her internal struggle as she tries to move on from the past, as well as work through frustrations and (dare she say it) jealousy where Jarek is concerned. There is a decent amount of growth in this story, moreso on Lana's part. Jarek himself was a pretty stable character, and any growth he did was in response to opening up and allowing Lana back in.

This was an altogether easy read, middle-of-the-road read for me. Ms. Karington uses description and internal monologue to move the story along, at times making the book feel lengthy. But the story as a whole, Lana and Jarek coming together and learning to grow, was well written. I found many similarities between my writing style and Ms. Karington's, and as such, I have learned a bit from reading it.

{ giveaway } .

Through Xpresso Book Tours, I will be gifting One (1) copy of book 2, EVERY TIME I FALL, to one lucky review reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post with your favorite book trope (second-chance, military, sport, dark, etc). I will be randomly selecting a winner on February 27, 2016!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Mignon! This sounds like a character driven, read! Great review! :)