• Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story

  • A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella
  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Categories: Romance, Paranormal
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the birth of his daughter, Nalla, Zsadist has been regressing further and further into the life he led before he met Bella, his beautiful shellan. He has been waking up in cold sweats due to nightmares from his past, hasn't made love to his wife, and won't hold his baby girl, for fear that he might hurt her. While Nalla's presence had consisted of only joy and excitement in first couple months of her life, now it seems to be driving the couple apart. Bella is afraid that she and Nalla just may need to leave her hellren.

But then Zsadist gets injured on a mission to fight the lessers and because he hasn't been feeding from Bella, almost loses his life. Could this near-death experience create the motivation to pull this couple back together? Or has the gap between them spanned too far for redemption?

©2008 J.R. Ward (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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SHORT YES, BUT PACKED FULL O’ FEELS

I’ve devotedly followed the BDB since the very first book.. addicted to JR Ward’s unique style of narrative, her creative world-building, her dedicated alpha warrior heroes and strong independent heroines, their romantic yet difficult and very different struggles and the bloody war against the evil Omega and his Lessers. And they’re all long weighty multi-scened stories from multiple POV’s.. but this little story digs deep and touches your heart as Bella and Zsadist struggle with a broken relationship in crisis. The birth of their daughter Nalla has brought Z’s dark demons of being a hundred year blood slave back with crippling results. But, through this gifted author’s emotionally raw tale, Z’s near-death end-date after a battle with Lessers, gets him back on track to seek the help, love and support that heals his physically and emotionally tortured mind, body and soul before it’s too late. And what shines throughout is love.. love for his chosen mate, love for her tortured mate and love for their new baby daughter Nalla and, as the pieces are skilfully put back solid, a father lovingly holds his baby for the first time. Jim Frangione IS the talented voice of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I truly can’t imagine anyone else bringing these loveable dominant vampire warriors and their rollercoaster stories to life. WORTH A CREDIT? Emotionally intense, heartbreaking, heartwarming, sensual, uplifting, beautiful, passionate, pure, compelling and YES, IMO, definitely creditworthy.

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Father Mine

Heart breaking but also soul mending. Zsadist has so much pain in him, I didn’t fault him for not being able to give more of himself even to his own child right away. He was protecting her and that is what a true father does. Bella was as understanding as she could possibly be but I had to agree with her choice and it was just the thing to wake Z up. He might have come around on his own but it could have taken a lot longer. I loved the first time he holds Nalla it was magical. Great story so, so glad we finally got to hear it on audio with Jim as he is the Brothers to me.

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The Best Novella

OMG!!!! I’m lost for words I love this couple. Zsadist is definitely one of my favorites ❤️❤️❤️

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Oh my Zsadist❤😘❤

J.R. Ward is as always amazing. Zsadist is my favorite and I loved and needed this story, so damaged but yet beautiful. love. 5 star read❤

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Emotional on every level

This quick story gives us the in between from when they found each other again in book 3 to the several months later at the end and is truly beautiful. Laughs and tears throughout and hugs your heart the whole way through.

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short and sweet!

This aside actually happens just after the birth of Nahla, Bella and Zsadist's daughter. It gives a little more depth to them as characters. It's slower moving and addresses some tough issues like the psychological damage done from torture and injury. Not as much of an adventure as it is a poignant lesson in love, healing and self acceptance.

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Jim Frangione has become my favorite narrator!!!!!

I am pleased the narrator has stayed the for this series, great stories! I have come across great stories ruined by a narrator who made ears hurt but not case here. 😁

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Lovely

I do wish it had been longer. It was that good. I hope there are more of these for other members of the Brotherhood .

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Wonderful!

Loved it! Wished it was longer. It's great to get a story about Z n Bella and baby Nalla.

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Amazing Read, Amazing Story, Amazing Narrator

If you love the Black Dagger brothers and their ladies, this just adds to the life and times. Worth ever minute. Gives us another glimpse at the development of these stunning characters.