J.R. Ward

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Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

I’ve read about inmates who are paroled after a long incarceration who purposefully commit a crime so that they can return to jail. Freedom is overwhelming. I thought of these poor souls as I was finishing the latest JR Ward offering in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Chosen. You know how much I love me some JR Ward, and I wasn’t disappointed—either by the story or the food for thought it provided. This book centers on the forbidden love between Layla, and Xcor. It’s a complicated backstory, but suffice to it say that these two give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money and Layla gets her robes in a veritable twist trying to work it all out. And as Layla is transformed by the events of the story, she is called to find herself—to determine who she is underneath her roles and responsibilities. This is a theme… READ MORE

Love and Other Imperfections

Love and Other Imperfections

“Isn’t it wonderful not to have to be perfect to be loved?” These words are uttered by one of the characters in the latest addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward (technically, the series).  It’s no surprise to me that JR Ward always has profound things to say, and, if you read my blog but not her books, you might want to consider the wisdom of Jessica Bird (JR’s real name) when expanding your TBR pile. I read that line and was stopped in my tracks. In the story, Mary drops this pearl after her mate, Rhage, has lost control of himself and behaved rather poorly. Instead of berating Rhage, or looking at him askance, Mary lets him know that it’s OK to be imperfect, and that she expects no more from him and loves him anyway.  With one small question, Mary makes it OK for Rhage… READ MORE

Superman and Wonder Woman

Superman and Wonder Woman

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the Olympics. It’s been a blast to watch the United States win gold medal after gold medal. We’re on fire this time around.  And that got me to thinking about elite athletes, and then about the elite of the elite, like Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles. I mean, it’s gotta suck to be any of their teammates, because despite being incredible athletes in their own rights, they can’t get noticed behind the shadow of their more decorated fellows. There is no comparison. This got me to thinking about how the elite compare with the rest of us. How can we make sense of a universe where there are such disparities within one species? This led me to contemplate the Black Dagger Brotherhood—don’t you immediately contemplate vampires in the face of extraordinary human achievement? No? Well, I couldn’t help wondering if Michael… READ MORE

It’s a Life

It’s a Life

So it’s back to The Beast. I’ve missed you while I was away. But I’ve been troubled by a niggling thought that’s been clamoring for expression. It feels heretical to share my forbidden musings, but I’m going to Hell anyway for suggesting that Mac and Barrons have a dysfunctional relationship, so here goes nothing: there’s something rotten J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood world. Now I get that no one is perfect. And I also understand that Ms. Ward purposefully built her world in such a way that evolution was not only desirable, but inevitable as part of the story progression of the books.  Characters evolve, so why not worlds?  Thus, the misogyny of the Chosen (an elite class of women) being basically brood mares and feeding troughs for the Black Dagger Brotherhood has given way to newly unfettered women who are now free to explore and express their individuality. This… READ MORE

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground

So I have to share. And crow. And toot my own horn. Just a bit. I just learned that an interview I gave for a podcast is now available. The podcast is called “Journal Talk,” and it’s hosted by a cool guy named Nathan Ohren. My interview can be found here, and I also encourage you to take a listen to some of his other interviews.  It’s a great show, and Nathan’s mission to help people explore the benefits and joys of journaling is engaging and worthwhile. In the interview, I talk about this blog as a form of public journaling, which it is. In this space, I ruminate on various topics that tickle my fancy, and I also work through my fears and anxieties, not to mention sharing my triumphs and joy. You guys get it all. And while I might pull my punches a very little bit out… READ MORE

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