I found this thread that JR Ward posted on the message boards about Nalla and Z's relationship and I just wanted to post it here in case people haven't read it because it's adorable:
I absolutely agree. Especially as she IDOLIZES her father. Totally and completely. She is such his little girl and will ALWAYS be like that. And I have to say taht the thing that breaks my heart into little pieces is that...
well, sh** I didn't plan on getting into this this morning but whatever...
Nalla finds out eventually that he had been held as a blood slave. And what had been done to him. I think I know how it happens but I'm not completely sure. Anyway... she never tells him she knows. Ever. He goes to his grave thinking that she wasn't aware of the shameful things that were done to him (HIS perspective here, NOT hers- she thinks what happened was horrorific and criminal).
After she finds out (she's about thirty when it happens,) she disappears for a whole weekend to that house Bella ended up at right after Rehv's mansion was broken into. Her parents are frantic because she doesn't tell them where she is- but the thing is, she can't be around Z or see him because she's afraid she'll break down. After a day, she calls her mom and Bella comes alone at her request and Nalla just cries and cries and cries. See, she'd always known something was up with her father, she just didn't know what it was and the truth was so much worse than she imagined. I can't even BEGIN to know how she handled the news. I mean... check it... here's this male who she loves more than anyone (yeah, probably even more than Bella although it's a matter of degree,) who's protected her and her mother, and served the race with honor and distinction, who's laughed with her and held her when she was scared of thunderstorms and fed her when she was sick and glowered at her boyfriends and brought her spring violets for no reason and bought her her first car and sung to her when she woke up from nightmares... to find out this wonderful special incredible soul who is her father had been used for blood and violated for a century?
Yeah, just about killed her.
Anyway, Bella called Z and reassured him that Nalla was fine but that the two of them were going to have a girl's weekend kind of thing. When the two got back tot he mansion, Nalla went to find Z- turned out he was reading in the library. Naturally, his face totally lit up the second he saw her. But here's the thing. As Z held his arms wide, Nalla had a sudden and irrevokable conviction strike her heart: she vowed he would never know she knew. EVER. She's well aquainted with his pride, but more than that it would crush him because he'd be sure to guess how upset she was.
When she hesitated in the doorway, Z asked her what was wrong.
Nalla just shook her head and flew across the library. As she landed in his arms, she held onto him so tightly he could barely breathe. And when he asked her what was wrong?
She just shook her head against that big chest of his and said:
"Nothing, Daddy. I just missed you."