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Every Time He Leaves

(The Raeven Sisters #1)

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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 he had 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 ever
Published (first published September 25th 2015)
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
*ACR copy in exchange for an honest review*

★★★Barley-made-it to 3 stars★★★
Oh lordly,where do I begin ? The plot ? The characters ? The ratings ?

The Plot as mentioned in the summery:Lana Raeven and Jarek Dean shared a night of passion,but the next morning, she woke up alone. Nine years later,Lana accidentally runs into Jarek at a fundraiser and decides to have a little fun & teach him a lesson on 'How it feels to have your heart broken.'

The Personal interpretation of the plot: To me Ev
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, arc
The book starts with a charity event organized by Lana and held by her mother.

(The Bitch)

It's at the charity that we are going to meet Kelsey Lana's selfish, gold-digger divorced sister. She is the elder and the most carless and hateful character I have ever encountered.

(God how I hated her)

And Janet, the younger sister and her husband Kirk.

(The Asshole)

During the event a handsome guy arrives. It was nobody but Jarek "the jerk".

(I totaly forgive him by the way)

He left Lana at her lowest
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, arc-author
Original Review @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

Every Time He Leaves is Anna Karington's debut novel and I thought it was a good introduction to her work. Told from Lana’s perspective, we journey with her as she tries to seek revenge on the guy that broke her heart and left her right when she needed him most.

Lana is quite the reserved character. When she first sees Jarek again, she tries to act indifferent even though she is freaking out on the inside. Knowing they had a strong connection when they were
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
ARC received for review

1.5 stars

It was just so boring. I don't know how I made it all the way through it. Yes, I do...speed reading and most of that was during the bedroom scenes (who wants to read about having to use lube every time). Jarek was boring, but he was pretty strong. Lana and her family are seriously messed up. I will eventually read the second sister since I have an arc for it too. The third sister I couldn't care less if she ever got a HEA. The epilogue saved it from being one star
A. Cook
First things first … I never thought that I would hate the words condom and lube.

I am having a serious love/hate relationship with this book. I like the story as a whole but I am so disliking the heroine. Lana is just really, really negative … about herself, the hero, her life … just everything. Every time there is some negative observation on her part, as the reader, I just get more frustrated and pissed off. That’s just it, there is so much negativity and self-hate that it even resonates in t
J. Kahele
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is narrated through the eyes of Lana and it begins at party, her mother is having. Lana has two sisters, Janet and Kelsey. Janet is married and Kelsey is recently divorced. While cleaning up a mess her younger sister had made, she runs into Jarek and her heart drops. Jarek was a boy that Lana had loved since she was fourteen and he had broken her heart, but simply disappearing one day. Apparently, Jarek has come back to town for business and she is surprised to find out that he has fou ...more
NetGalley Review
***I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

This is the first book I've read from this author and it's not bad considering it is her debut book.

I did think that the length of time between Lana and Jarek's night of passion (9 years) was considerably too long. I would think by then time should have healed Lana and she should have outgrown her need for revenge. I'm not sure I'm too much a fan of books where after reading the blurb we, the readers, already ar
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this for free through NetGalley

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 he had the chance...

This was recommended to me so I jumped on NetGalley and gave it a quick download - unfortunately it ended up being a non-event for me.

I have no issues with the writing in itself as I did find that it was pretty easy to read however the plot was predictable and the characters had littl
DNF at 27%

I requested to read this book on Netgalley, and they generously allowed me to do so. The premise of the story is really good, and I love a gritty second chance love story, but Every Time He Leaves just left me feeling blah and more than a little frustrated. I absolutely could not stand Lana, and I don't feel I learned enough about Jarek to even form an opinion. Up to the 27% mark I would not have categorized him as an alpha male as other reviewers have.

Here is a list of the major prob
Maggie Hesseling
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A great second-chance novel. I love how Jerek really wants to fix his mistakes. But that those mistakes weren't all his. Lana's been everyone's pawn for years, and seeing her grow out of that makes this novel fantastic. Brilliantly written and very hard to put down.
DNF @ 20%

I'm sorry. I really did try but I just couldn't connect with the heroine of this story. It just felt like one big pity party and well I just didn't want to read anymore. Maybe it does get better at some point, but I can't go to really find out when that point would be
Every Time He Leaves" the first book in the Raeven sisters series, she gets the series off to a pretty good start. Ms Karington not only gives us Lana and Jarek's story but she does a fine job of laying out some background on Lana's family also . Such a good job that I hate Lana's sister Kelsey and her mother deeply and her sister Janet I just plain feel sorry for! Ms Karington evoked some pretty strong feelings from me!
Enough of that though this is Lana and Jarek's story. Jarek was young homel
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~*~*~ A very big THANK YOU to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review ~*~*~
Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews
I have mixed feelings about this book but in a good way. I liked the whole story as well as the characters.Yes, the plot line was kind of typical but, nonetheless I liked it. Who doesn't love second chance romances. Also their are flashbacks throughout the book but in Lana's point of view.

Jarek had an interesting run in with Lana's dad in the beginning of the book. Jared is taken in and made as a member of the family with the guidance of Lana's father he turns his life around. He fell for Lana
Liz Gavin
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tous
Not my cup of tea.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Since I must be honest, I cannot give this books more than three stars. Before I posted my comments I read so many positive reviews for this books that I reconsider my opinions for rating it as I had done. I stand by those reasons though. I would say the rating is the result of a combination of factors. I am getting tired of first person POV stories when only one character has a chance to speak. I write romance
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
**I received an RC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book for me just barely made it to 3 stars.

Read the full review on my blog!

I found it very, very hard to connect with the characters. Especially Lana. I didn’t like her whatsoever. Throughout the entire book, it felt like she was throwing herself a pity party. She spent all of this time warring with herself about whether or not she wanted to be with Jarek. All these emotions could have been dealt with easily if she would hav
I've received an ARC via NegGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity!

Well, this one didn't work for me.
The book was a struggle, I was bored most of the times and I seriously considered to put it on the DNF-shelf more than once.
Basically, a story is dead for me if I can't sympathize with the hero/heroine and to be honest, this Lana chick annoyed the hell out of me. The whole book is just her endless internal struggle about her feelings towards Jerek.

It's another proo
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although it took me a bit to get into this book I fell in love with this story once I came back to it. I was in a dark reading mood when I started it so I had to hit my mental refresh.. lol Anyway, on to my review :)

Lana was such a cool character, sexy, independant, and real. She comes from a wealthy family but acts like she is the farthest from that. She has such an awesome attitude and such true heart.

Jarek is the sexy boy that she lost and will never let back into her life. Well not completel
Amy Sheets
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jarek And Lana. Wow. This book goes into detail. No matter what the author puts she puts detail into it. There is alot of chemistry. Alot of heartbreak that Lana is trying to get over. And well her sister Kelsey just doesn't let it be easy for her. Lana and Jarek is long lost loves after several years. Jarek came basically from scrap. They met because of him trying to find some stuff to sell and the only way to do that was to steal from a wealthy family in town and well that so happens to be Lan ...more
Heather andrews
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lana is a good woman, she just likes to hide it with her b**** personality, she's also really caring, “get out of those boxers,” I insist. He hesitates, as if he doesn't want to be rude. “Seriously? I've seen you naked.” I yank them down for him, and he lifts his feet as I remove them. “Now sit down.” He obeys, and I sit beside him, preparing the peroxide and tissue before dabbing the wad across his forehead. “You clumsy b*****d,” I mutter. Jarek that boy doesn't care where they are could be loo
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Run on sentences and give me a break inner dialogue anyone?! This was just not good. Just so I didn't have a DNF I skimmed about 60% because I was irritated. 4 pages of inner dialogue before you get to conversation with someone else or how about a inner dialogue in the middle of the conversation that lasts 3 pages and the reader forgets what the real conversation frustrated.

Then we get to the characters...she wants to be the poor innocent victim and then instead of getting everything
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
This read did not keep me transfixed in place. I was reading it when the mood struck me. I have to say that I was no fan of the Raeven sisters mother. I just did not like this lady.

Lana Raeven and Jarek Dean have a past together that was shattered. Now, today they have a chance to make things right but Lana was not in such a forgiving mood. The pain still weighed heavy on her. But she needed to take back her life and confronting Jarek was what she needed to do. With Jarek back she make plans fo
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
*ARC from NetGalley in exchange for honest review*

I got this book months ago from NetGalley and tried several times to read it. I couldn't. This time I forced myself to finish it. I hated it. The ending was what saved it from a one-star rating. The entire book basically is an inner monolouge run-on sentence. There was little dialouge that mattered or moved the story. The plot and characters were not awful but the writing was hard to read. This could be saved by a re-write. Also, every time Lana
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.5

This was a great book. The plot was great, and the writing was beautiful and simple. I thought the pace was just right. I loved the characters in this book. I especially loved Jarek and Lana's relationship. It was funny and sweet to see them go from lovers to friends with benefits to lovers. They have amazing chemistry. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. It seemed to me that Lana was not honest with Jarek about the past and so was he. His non-disclosure was honorable whereas Lana wanted to be vengeful and protect herself by withdrawal. It was hard to warm to Lana. Lana's mom and sister, Kelsey were wicked... making them interesting.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute story!! If you love a sexy alpha male as your leading male, and a sweet romance, then I totally recommend this book!!
Karla Urrutia Fernández
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, inglés
i liked the story and characters, but the Way its
Too much inner dialogue.
review to come.
Tina Lee Harris
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

A copy of this book was provided via NetGalley for an honest review.

This was the debut book for Author Anna Karington, it was written nicely but the story just did not hold my attention like I wanted. I found myself scanning over parts of the story especially the love/sex scenes between Lana and Jarek. These scenes were just too long and detailed for my liking. And having to grab lube every time just seemed strange to me.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters. After so many
Amy Dufera
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Every Time He Leaves, we follow Lana as she tries to seek revenge on the guy that broke her hear.

When she first sees Jarek again, it is not easy for her. She knows their connection had been very strong. Jarek meanwhile, still only has eyes for Lana. He has been working hard to better himself, to be worthy of her.

They have issues to face, but watching their relationship grow again is sweet and romantic. And HOT!

I definitely enjoyed this story!
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