Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@annakarington, @XpressoReads)

Today I have the pleasure of bringing you Every Time He Leaves by Anna Karington. It is the first book in The Raeven Sisters series. The second book, Every Time I Fall, is also available for purchase.
Every Time He Leaves
Title: Every Time He Leaves
Author: Anna Karington
Series: The Raeven Sisters #1
Genre: Romance
Published: September 25th 2015
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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 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.

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 younger makes it hard to face him again. I liked how she thought she could be the stronger person second time round, and I knew it would backfire on her.

Jarek was a great character, after all the time apart I could see that he only had eyes for Lana. He has worked hard to become a better person for her and is now quite the successful business man.

I enjoyed watching the relationship between Jarek and Lana rekindle. It took some time for them to work through the issues from their past, but when they did they were scorching between the sheets!

Lana's sister Kelsey and mother are not characters that I liked. They prefer to live the life of those with money and prestige and use men for their own gain. They treated Lana poorly and I really couldn't stand them. Janet was a better character, but was fighting her own demons and I was glad that Lana and Janet were there for one another and their relationship strengthened again.

It was a solid introduction to Anna's work. I really liked the story, but I felt it all played out without any major twists. A lot of the twists were a bit too obvious and I predicted where the book was heading. I am curious about a few other characters and hope they get their own books so I can understand them better.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Here is a short and sweet quote 

This moment feels just as delicious, as carefree. As my body rises nearly to the peak of excitement, I hear the distant memory of the words he whispered, with lips caressing my ear as he spoke just before my climax: “You mean everything to me, Lana.”

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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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