WHY I <3 MARISSA BY KATE NAGY

The Black Dagger Brotherhood’s most despised shellan is actually pretty amazing

When reading reviews of J.R. Ward’s crack-tastic Black Dagger Brotherhood series, you’ll find a lot of love for the character of Brian “Butch” O’Neal, the Boston cop-turned-vampire warrior sometimes known as the Dhestroyer. You’ll run across a certain amount of mourning over the fact that he never truly consummates his epic bromance with the Brother Vishous, his best friend and roommate. But you’ll also see a surprising amount of dislike, distaste, and plain old vitriol directed at Butch’s shellan, Marissa.

“Coward,” they say. “Wimpy spineless doormat.” “Pathetic.” “Simpering spoiled rich bitch.” “Bland.” “Weak.” “Weak.” “Weak.”

And I respond: Wait, what? What are you talking about? Is everybody taking crazy pills? Marissa is amazing!

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