Father Mine by J.R. Ward is a short side story following the hellran , Zsadist, and his shellan, Bella, after the birth of their daughter, Nalla. Their story is a must read for all of us who were, and still are, enthralled with not just the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but the union of Zsadist and Bella. Struggling to adapt to a new bonding, parenthood, and their own identities within their new family, it's a story that will have you grabbing for more than just one tissue.
When I first came across this, I just knew that I had to read it regardless of what the story was going to be about. Zsadist is my favorite Brotherhood brother, and his past and bonding with Bella (shared in book three, Lover Awakened, of the BDB series) still captivates me when I have to go back and reread that book every once-in-awhile! But, the actual birth of Nalla, which was alluded to in book six, was never discussed or developed in depth -- until now.
When Zsadist's past was revealed in book three, you knew that he would be profoundly emotionally scarred for the rest of his extended life, despite finding a certain level of happiness in his mate, Bella. But, now his new born daughter brings all the baggage from his past up front and center once again. His absence from her life and his shellan's, threatens every piece of sanity he had gained since taking Bella as his own.
The couple are faced to deal with not only their own personal character problems, but J.R. Ward has weaved in the very real issues that surround adjusting to our human marriages and new additions to the family. There's so much I wish I could share about this story, but obviously I would be giving away the real heart of the matter and the outcome of over coming realistic obstacles.
This is a very fast read -- only 170+ pages -- and will leave you crying, blotchy, and needing a hug. I am so, so glad that J.R. Ward put this eSpecial out for us craving more from Zsadist and Bella. I was not disappointed, and I'm sure nobody else will be either!
**This ebook was actually published in October of 2008, but I just found it online at Barnes & Noble for $3.99**