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  • 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
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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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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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 11-11-2020

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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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 12-11-2020

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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  • Jessica Marie Muro
  • 13-11-2020

The Best Novella

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

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  • Glenda D. Ross
  • 03-03-2021

Love BDB

Zsadist story is such a sad story but well written. Zsadist and Bella's story is one of a women in love and a male torn and broken. Her love saves him, and the baby is a bonus. I love this series and have listened to the entire series (several times). I am currently listening to "The King" as I type.

The voice of the narrator has captured my heart and does the story justice. If you want to spend your credit's wisely the BDB series is well worth your time.

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  • Mrs Kevin Thomas
  • 19-02-2021

Even the Shorties are great!!

Another great book ! Truly enjoy JR Ward `s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. Preparing now to listen to A Warm Heart in Winter, which I know will be excellent!!!

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  • Rachael Ricci
  • 21-01-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2021

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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  • AB
  • 21-12-2020

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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  • Amber
  • 19-12-2020

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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  • Deborah L. Bundick
  • 06-12-2020

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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