12/9/2021 – Updated after listening to the audiobook.
General Travis Bains has two daughters – one who is good and one who is bad. Everyone knows Lindsey is the good one, and Jessie is the bad one. Jessie Bains is the other sister, the bad sister, which she has proven more often than not until the day she gets kidnapped and brutally raped. Will Hendricks, one of her father’s soldiers, rescues her and brings her home but fears she may be nearly destroyed by what has been done to her. The most important thing, however, is that no one can know, per the general’s orders.
Jessie’s life was always far from normal as the daughter of one of the most revered generals in the world. No one sees what the general does to Jessie except Will. When Will discovers the danger Jessie is living in at her father’s hand, he once again rescues her. Will has survived the horrors of war but is now engaged in a battle that has become far more personal and far more deadly. Will alone realizes what the general has done and will do to destroy his “other” daughter.
Point of view:
The story was definitely 5 heart wrenching stars. The drop came from the fact that there was a need for an editor. Run on sentences, lack of punctuation, and poor structure caused me to reread to discern what the author was trying to express. Specifically abrupt changes in perspective. For many parts of the book large portions were of either Will or Jessie’s. Then there were times where mid-paragraph the POV changes and I would have to reorient myself to whose thoughts were being written. It happened too many times and threw off the flow of the book. Audio smoothed some of this over, but not completely.
Emotionally, this is NOT an easy book to read/listen to. It’s absolutely a romance in that there is a couple and they get an HFN (there’s a follow-up novella), but it is a long, winding, vicious, and painful road for both of them. I also usually stick my content warnings at the bottom, but this entire book centers around the sexual and physical abuse that Jessie experiences and her self harm – on page – and her long road to healing. As well as Will trying to unravel all of the Bains family secrets and help Jessie. Take care fellow reader/listener.
There is a lot of angst, but it isn’t unnecessary or without supporting details. Davis dives deep into the horror that Jessie endures and her realistic reactions and coping as a victim and then a survivor. Will is a hero in and outside of the military. But he’s never faced or even conceived of what Jessie has been through and having to watch it in vivid detail requires him to completely change as well.
There were a lot of ugly tears for me reading and then listening to this. However, I loved Will and Jessie and that they finally get to a place of healing and true love for themselves and each other. I’m looking forward to their HEA in The Years Between.
About the author:
She lives in the rainy area of Western Washington, and spends as much time as she can getting away from the rain by traveling to destinations all across the state where she and her family do tons of camping. Many of these locations become the settings for her books. She earned her business degree from Western Washington University, and worked for several years in the construction management field before turning to writing.
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My Favorite Quotes
Will couldn’t believe he was not being assisted. Not one team member. No one from the army special forces. – The Other Sister by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #OppositesAttract #RomanticSuspenseTweet
She believed in him more than she had ever believed in anyone. – The Other Sister by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #OppositesAttract #RomanticSuspenseTweet
Someone had to love her enough to convince her to save herself. Despite his best intentions, that someone was him. – The Other Sister by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #OppositesAttract #RomanticSuspenseTweet
She had nothing left to do, but make Will Hendricks proud of her. Even if he never knew. – The Other Sister by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #OppositesAttract #RomanticSuspenseTweet