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.”
I had been hearing so much praise for Jasinda Wilder that I felt it was time for me to get on board and pick up one of her books. I bought Wounded not knowing anything about it other than that it was good. This book was an amazing surprise.
Hunter is a US Marine who gets wounded in combat and saved by Rania, a beautiful Middle Eastern woman. Rania has had a horribly painful upbringing and has resorted to prostitution in an attempt to provide for her during the war. Her work makes her feel like an object. She has not experienced love and for her, sex is a disgusting thing. Despite the risks, she takes Hunter into her home and begins nursing him back to life. Language barriers are hard but they find ways to communicate and soon discover feelings between them.
This book was so unlike anything I have read before. It is set in Iraq during the war which adds a unique cultural and dramatic element that is not often found in contemporary romance novels. The suspense and danger of their situation made this book an absolute page turner. It also made the love that developed feel epic and timeless. They have cultural, language, and safety barriers to triumph over and the journey to watch them grow together was amazing to see. This story is told in dual points of view which allows us into both character’s heads so we can watch the feelings develop and the internal conflict that they both experienced for different reasons.
Hunter and Rania were deep characters that had much to overcome and to learn about one another. The kindness and caring that took place between the two was very touching. Jasinda shows us Rania's childhood and how she became the person she is when Hunter comes into her life. Her story is heartbreaking. The realism of it makes the ache that much worse. Hunter‘s military background as well as his strong personality causes him to be fiercely protective of Rania even though they are practically strangers. He is a man being nursed by a beautiful woman trying so hard to be a gentleman and not overstep any boundaries. He is an handsome alpha, yes, but his sweetness with Rania was the most heart fluttering part of the story for me.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this is a heavy book with a lot of heart clenching moments. The buildup was slow. The drama was tense. And the ending was beautiful.
This is a spectacular standalone novel that I would highly recommend.