War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.
The one impossibility in my life is love.
And then I meet HIM.
War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.
Now the only thing that can save me is HER.
ZOMG! Loved this story. Hard. This is either the fourth or fifth book by Author Jasinda Wilder that I’ve read and it was incredible. I was drawn in by the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get started reading it. Amazing. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of it. I loved it so much. It held my attention from page one and didn’t let go until the very end. I’m still thinking about it. I think Wounded is one of those stories that will stick with me for a long time. I think the subject has a lot to do with. War. It can be a devastating thing. This story shows what it is like to face something as harsh as war from both sides.
I loved both Rania and Hunter. They were each interesting and I couldn’t help feel bad for them considering how much loss they both suffered. I think they were both very strong willed characters and their attraction to each other was apparent from the beginning.
Rania was forced to become a prostitute in order to survive. She lost her entire family with the exception of her younger brother at a very young age. He eventually leaves her to become a solider. She is left all alone and has no one to depend on for food.
On his recent trip back to the states, Hunter, loses his girlfriend since high school. She’s moved on and he’s only left with only his best friend Derek. They are war buddies and have been inseparable since they were kids.
When Hunter is hurt Rania takes him into her home after he is hurt badly and takes care of him. Why she is uncertain of in the beginning. I think a lot has to do with guilt she feels from when she was younger and killed an American journalist who tried to kill her brother.
The challenges these two faced was unmentionable. They have to learn how to communicate with each other. As the story progresses they learn more about each other. She keeps him hidden and cares for him, but when one of her “clients” as she refers to them gets rough with her Hunter can’t stand by and let it happen.
It was interesting to watch their relationship develop into more. I wouldn’t really refer to them as friends, but they weren’t quite lovers either. At least not until later in the story.
The sexual scenes come very late within the pages of this one. Believe it or not even though Rania is a prostitute they aren’t the main focus of this story. True is it a love story, but it is also so much more than that. Once you get to the sexual scenes they are pretty hot and well written.
Overall, I think this story was incredible. Jasinda is fastly becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve loved each and every one of her stories that I’ve read so far. I highly recommend this one.