- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4915 KB
- Print Length: 209 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Anna Karington; First edition (17 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ARAFUHA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,059,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Every Time I Fall (The Raeven Sisters Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Janet and Hayden meet at an AA Meeting. It was never explained fully why they were alcoholics and apart from two times in the beginning, we are never told that they attend anymore AA Meetings. They meet, exchange a few words then in no time at all are having sex. I didn't feel any connection between them. The author needed to expand more on the characters, Hayden was one dimensional until nearer the end. He's a manwhore who sleeps with a lot of his female staff, most of whom him and Janet are constantly bumping into!
I became bored early on. The story doesn't flow well and is quite meaningless. I didn't particularly like Janet or Hayden but they deserved each other!
ARC provided by Netgalley
Hayden’s got a successful business, money and can have any women that he choses but there’s something about Janet that he just can’t shake, she’s not like the women he’s use to she’s real and she doesn’t try to be anything else. He can connect with Janet, they’ve both got a past that they’re trying to move on from and maybe they can do it together.
I enjoyed the story but it did take me a little while to get into the story. I liked the chemistry between Janet and Hayden although I did feel at times like Janet couldn’t catch a break but Hayden was always there to pick her back up again.
“If you want me to be honest with you about how I feel, then all I can say is that I love you.”
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: New Adult, Romance
I really wanted to like this story but...Janey was so negative, so whiny. I know she’d had a tough time, I know she had family issues and alcohol problems, but her constant talking herself down, dismissing Hayden as a rich guy just playing with her really got irritating after a while. It feels as if so much of the first half of the book is just Janet putting herself down and Exes of Hayden’s popping up everywhere.
Hayden really had been a bit of a man whore, and I think if he really wanted Janet to take him seriously he needed to be a bit more open with her about his past. Why did he sleep with so many that were directly or indirectly involved in his business, its certainly not what a reputable business man does. I did understand why Janet feared she was just another on the list, seeing the exes popping up polished, confident, stylish, at every place they went must have been tough. Then especially when his romantic getaway and dates prove to be exactly what he’s done with others I thought doesn’t the guy have an original idea – he’s got the money after all. I love the b itch type in a story, and thought Amy was going to provide that angle but really she was just a lightweight at it, and she turned out...well, not as I wanted her to be. I like to read jealous, vindictive, awful characters in a story!
Janet’s family situation too – I was expecting some big reveal about the family issues, why she didn’t get on too well with some of them. Then it comes out and I’m like “ what?? Is that it??” To carry resentment for that all these years is just childish. I hadn’t read the first book, and maybe if I had this would have meant more to me. The issue over the teaching toy she’d invented seemed a bit superfluous, it wasn’t really developed except as a way of Hayden doing yet another favour but turning out to provide more fodder for Janet’s lack of self confidence.
The three kids she mentors. I needed to know more about that, I can’t see that given their history she’d be allowed to let someone not police checked to accompany them out – certainly here in UK it doesn’t work that way. Her ex, when he popped up I though maybe a storyline was coming there but again it just felt a bit superficial. I think maybe there was just too much packed in to too short a space for me, I want more depth to the story and characters, and less introspection. I get it, Janet has had some severe blows to her confidence and doesn’t think she’s good enough – I don’t need that hammered home again and again and again.
The big problem I had though with the story is that I didn’t really feel anything between Hayden and Janet except lust, and I needed to feel love. Its for me a story that sounded really promising but proved to be just an Ok read. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it.
Stars: Three, an OK read but a one off for me
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for review purposes
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Let me tell you this. I’m no writer. I’m no book critic. I read around 300 books so far, so I’m no expert, but I am quite certain that this book is the worst I ever read.
If it wasn’t provided to me through Netgalley, I wouldn’t have finished it. It’s awful! It felt like a punishment reading it. Now, let me tell you why was that.
We have Janet and Hayden.
Janet is a third grade teacher, currently unemployed and almost broke. She’s also divorced. Her ex husband was beating her. She’s also an alcoholic. She has other 2 sisters, one of them happily married to a millionaire, the other one divorced from another millionaire. Janet envies her sisters and her best friend, because they live happy lives and she doesn’t. WTF, Janet?
Hayden: millionaire, good looking, man-whore. We know he’s an alcoholic too, because he meets Janet at AA support group. We don’t know much else about him.
So far, this is problem #1. We don’t know him. At all. I can’t formulate an opinion about him. And Janet? I feel like grabbing her, shaking her and ask her again: “wtf is wrong with you, woman?”
Next problem. The story. Here we go: they meet at AA as I said before. She notices him and prays he doesn’t sit next to her. But he does. They don’t talk. Don’t share. Don’t anything.
Second time around she’s involved in a small car accident, he helps her, takes her home and kisses her. He leaves his business card in her open purse. She texts him the next day saying. “This is Janet. What’s up?”
Then they have sex. He takes her to an event where she meets most of the beautiful women he slept with. She’s more insecure. She doesn’t understand why does he want to be with her, when she’s nothing comparing to all the other women.
He tells her they’re all in the past and she believes him, because she wants to keep having sex with him.
And basically we keep going like this for 99% of the book. Even at 95% she tries to surprise him, by going to a hotel where he’s staying to find another woman there waiting for him.
Problem #3. Let me give you some quotes so you can see for yourself.
“He’s hypnotized me. And I feel like a vampire’s concubine.”
“Like he just wants to spoil me with his fluids.”
“I just hope his dick is as big as it looked in his jeans.”
“I’m ashamed of myself, because even if he was the biggest jerk in the world, I wouldn’t deny him.”
“Marry me.” “Of course,” I say. He sits beside me and places the ring on my finger.”
I didn’t highlight it, but trust me. All she says is that she wants him to assault her, claim her and so on.
My eyes are bleeding.
Problem #4. Epilogue. If you are strong enough to get there, you’ll see what I mean.
I rest my case. This book is 3.99$ on Amazon US. I feel like I should have been paid myself to read it.
Ps: I am really, truly sorry for writing such an awful review. I keep thinking about the author and what she might be feeling reading all these negative reviews about her work and it breaks my heart. I know I would be devastated if someone would comment on my reviews, which are nothing compared to a book you’re trying to sell.
One of the things that bothered me in the first half of this book was Janet’s constant negative internal monologues. I understand that she has issues with self-confidence, especially after her abusive marriage, but in my opinion there were far too many pages in which she does very little else but put herself down or obsess about how Hayden will never want her. I understand that the purpose of this is to show her battered self-confidence, but I believe this could have been accomplished much more effectively through a few key scenes and passages. Two pages dedicated entirely to her agonizing over whether she should call Hayden or text him, and then another two of her panicking over why he isn't responding was simply too much and made for very slow reading early on.
Some of the conflicts also seemed juvenile, almost silly, such as when we find out the reason Janet has distanced herself from her family, refusing to confide in any of them, not even her sister Lana who she was supposedly close with. The foreshadowing and hints led the reader to believe there was some deep dark secret that would surface, and I was eager to find out what had happened between them. However, when the truth was finally revealed, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed at how juvenile it was.
Perhaps my biggest issue, particular early on, was that of Hayden himself. When I first learned about the many employees Hayden had relationships with, I was horrified and repulsed. Not only is it morally wrong to sleep with those in your employ, but it made me question what kind of man would risk a business he had built from the ground up just for a few meaningless lays. Add to that the fact that one of them was married, and I took a huge disliking to him from the very beginning.
As more information about Hayden cropped up, it became very difficult not to actively despise him. Eventually, however, some misconceptions were cleared up, (though I never fully accepted his explanation for sleeping with all of his employees) and Hayden’s worth was restored, in my opinion, through his treatment of Janet. The way he accepted her, despite her many mistakes and juvenile behavior, and constantly strove to bolster her confidence showed him in a new, more favorable, light.
The more I saw of Hayden’s kind treatment of Janet, the more I started liking him. And though he may not have had a good explanation for some of the things he did, (like sleeping with an office worth of employees and married women) he freely admits that he isn't perfect. He's made some poor choices in his past, just like we all have, but he says that our mistakes don't have to define us. Hayden and Janet’s story reminds us that we all have mistakes in our past we can’t change, but we can learn from these mistakes and move on with our lives. It's never too late to start over.
Overall, it was a decent read with some important lessons hidden throughout. After reading this, I am interested in going back and reading the first book in the series to find out more about Lana and Garek’s relationship.
* I was given a free review copy of this book through NetGalley.com for review purposes.