The Other Sister by Leanne Davis
The Other Sister (Sister Series, #1)
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 is 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.
I started The Other Sister without knowing what it was about. I rarely read the synopsis before starting a book. Usually I have read it at some point, downloaded it, then it sits until I am looking for a book and the cover catches my eye. I was not expecting this story. I thought this looked like a lighthearted read. Boy was I wrong. It started off and was very military and I almost put it back down again. Military things just are not my thing really. Probably goes back to my first boyfriend who ended up joining the army. I do not look fondly on my time with him and there were a lot of negative things associated with him, so I usually don't want to be reminded of that (and military reminds me of him). This was so unexpected though and I was quickly hooked.
Will seemed like a great guy right from the start. The perfect soldier, an amazing friend and all around good guy. Jessie was just heartbreaking to watch. Everything she went through and did acting out just made me feel for her so much. It is so good Will was sent to save her as I think most people wouldn't have cared that much. Even before he really cared for her, he still tried to help her however he could once he learned of the extent of her situation. He was so kind and just tried to do whatever he could for her. He also knew that he didn't really have the skills to help her heal and so he found people who did. People he trusted to take care of her, help her become a whole person. Their whole relationship was just amazing. He was amazing with her.
Jessie's dad was beyond horrible. I was waiting the whole book to see what would happen to him. Really I wish more would have come out and more people would have been punished for their horrible crimes. It wasn't enough for me that the dad was taken care of, I wanted all of them to be. I did like how Jessie did learn to stand up for herself and be strong. She was amazing throughout the book. I did feel the ending with the dad was a little rushed and could have been better had it taken more time. Overall though I loved reading this story. I was so happy Jessie finally got something to make her happy.