It's book boyfriend time again, hosted by The Unread Reader it's a fab opportunity for me drool over my favourite male characters. This week I've chosen Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I am pretty sure Zsadist has been on loads of other book boyfriend posts but I have to make it clear Zsadist is mine (ok maybe Bella's his shellan's too). I love the BDB series but Zsadist is my number one brother (closely followed by Rhev) he has a tortured past, he is cold and lethal but changes when he falls in love with Bella. The incurable romantic in me absolutely adores Lover Awakened as the scary bad boy with the tortured past is saved by the love of a good woman. Ahhhhhhh.
He is described in Lover Awakened as having a "scarred face distorted with hatred, his ruined upper lip curled back, his fangs long as tiger's. With his skull-trimmed hair and the hollows under his cheeckbones, he looked like the Grim Reaper; and like death he was comfertable working in the cold." Sounds delightful doesn't he?
"Her lips came down on his and he kissed her back even though he couldn't list his arms to hold her now. God, how he loved kissing her. He loved feeling his mouth against his, loved having her right up close all in his face, loved her breath in his lungs, loved...her? Was that what had happened in the night? Had he fallen?
As he turned and headed out of the room, he murmured, "She is more beautiful than I have words for" He lifted his eyes to Phury's, "And last night I was blessed beyond measure to serve her"
"I... What are you saying Zsadist?" she stammered, even though she heard every word.
He glanced back down at the pencil in his hand and then turned to the table. Flipping the spiral notebook to a new page, he bent way over and laboured on top of the paper for quite a while. Then he ripped the sheet free.
His hand was shaking as he held it out. "It's messy."
Bella took the paper. In a child's uneven block letters there were three words:
I LOVE YOU
Her lips flattened tight as her eyes stung. The handwriting got wavy and then disappeared.
"Maybe you can't read it" he said in a small voice. "I can do it over"
She shook her head. "I can read it just fine. It's ... beautiful."